Back after a win over the Houston Rockets in the final home game of the season, Goran Dragic was asked what moves the team needed to make to improve the roster. He said that they needed another playmaker that could orchestrate the offense and make the passes necessary.
Once teams realized Dragic was basically the only player on the Suns who could create his own, he began to be double-teamed and trapped almost constantly. Whoever he passed it to, generally just chucked the ball up at the rim and made it or missed, but regardless, that’s not ball movement.
So, speculation arose when the organization brought in the top group of point guards in this year’s draft to see if any of them would be a good fit.
Everybody else worked out together except former Michigan PG Trey Burke, who is projected to be the first point guard off the board and probably a top-five pick. Some of the other notable names included: C.J. McCollum (Leigh), and Michael Carter-Williams (Syracuse) and Shane Larkin (Miami).
McCollum said Thursday, that he “could play alongside Dragic or would be willing to back him up”, according to @TomLeander’s Twitter feed. This could be true of all these PG prospects, and towards the end of the season Marshall was on the court with Dragic for some time.
“Like I said when I was hired, we are going to draft the best player possible”, said Suns GM Ryan McDonough Thursday, according to the Phoenix Suns official Twitter feed.
Because they have to upgrade at practically every position, Suns management isn’t going to just be focused on one position, but take a look at whoever falls to the fifth spot and then select the best available player, based on these pre-draft workouts.