The Phoenix Suns, with the 14th pick and the last pick of the lottery of the 2014 NBA Draft, selected former N.C. State forward T.J Warren. Warren exploded onto the draft scene after a ridiculously successful sophomore season where he led the Wolfpack with his incredibly productive offense.
Warren’s sophomore season in college was absolutely phenomenal. The 6’8” forward averaged 24.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game while shooting a fantastic 52.5 percent from the floor. What’s even more impressive about his offensive efficiency is the fact that he shot only 26.7 percent from long-range and was still able to shoot over 50 percent from the floor.
What Warren brings to the Suns is more versatility on the wings offensively. While Warren isn’t going to give them much as a perimeter scorer—as evidenced by his three-point percentage in college—he’s got a beautiful game in the mid-range where he can create his own shot and get good looks. In addition, Warren is also able to get to the bucket quite well and has a knack for finishing when he gets there as well.
The Suns were just on the cusp of making the postseason in the loaded Western Conference last season, even while not having Eric Bledsoe healthy for a good chunk of the season. Now with a healthy Bledsoe, more draft picks to come, and Warren now being on the roster, Phoenix is loaded even more to make noise as a young up-and-coming team in the West. Warren may not be a starter immediately for this team, but you can expect to see him coming off of the bench and providing a spark for the Suns’ offense almost immediately.