Grading the Phoenix Suns’ 2014 NBA Draft Class
No. 14 pick overall: SF T.J. Warren out of North Carolina State
No. 18 pick overall: PG Tyler Ennis out of Syracuse
No. 27 pick overall: SG Bogdan Bogdanovic from Serbia
No. 50 pick overall: C Alec Brown out of Green Bay
Warren is 6-foot-8 and 216 pounds, and he should fit in well in Phoenix, especially if he can develop a post presence. Warren is a natural scorer even if he’s not dynamite from the perimeter or the best spot-up shooter.
The Suns were lacking a quality backup point guard last season, with Ish Smith assuming that role, but now they have one in Ennis. It’s also possible Phoenix is worried that Eric Bledsoe, who is a restricted fee agent, will sign a max offer sheet that they won’t match. Phoenix got really good value with this pick.
Bogdanovic could contribute to the Suns and will probably end up being a good rotation wing player for the them at some point. Even though he is probably NBA-ready, Bogdanovic will more than likely play one or two seasons in Europe because the Suns do not really need him in their backcourt for the 2014-15 season. The 21-year-old is a good distributor of the basketball with a good jump shot, and at some point he will contribute in the NBA.
Brown will probably start in the NBA Development League, but he can defend the rim and block shots. The issue with the 7-foot-1 center is he is not really comfortable operating in the post. He stretches out too much, and even though he has a smooth jumper, the Suns will probably want him to work on his post game. However, for a big man, he can shoot from behind the arc pretty well, which isn’t bad since the Suns got him at No. 50.
None of these picks were earth shattering, but none of them really made you scratch your head either. They all fit needs that the Suns had. It was a pretty safe and smart draft for the team.
Draft grade: B+/A-