On June 2nd, I asked Alex Kennedy, the NBA reporter at USA Today Sports’ HOOPSWORLD via Twitter, who Phoenix would draft with the 30th pick in the draft later this month. This is what he said:
@eric_saar I have them going with Giannis Adetokunbo, who would be an absolute steal. You’re in good hands with Ryan McDonough.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 3, 2013
This would be a great value with the last pick in the first round and would give the Suns another ball-handler that Dragic requested, along with whoever Phoenix goes with at #5.
Adetokunbo is 6’9” and really is a point guard, but because of his height is categorized as a “point forward” the same as Lebron James, but with much less talent, less weight and much more raw in all facets of the game.
I am hopeful that Phoenix can get him with that pick which would give them a lot of value. However as of June 13, DraftExpress.com has Adetokunbo as the 15th player overall to come off the board. Since he is only 18 years old, picking him too high would be risky, without the knowledge of how his body will develop or any indication of where his ceiling is down the road.
In a very hypothetical situation that begins with the notion that has been floated out there of the Suns trading Gortat to Portland for the 10th overall pick, the starting lineup could be very interesting.
Phoenix should want to be extremely young at as many positions as possible. So a starting lineup could be: Goran Dragic, Trey Burke, Giannis Adetokunbo, Channing Frye (if he is available) and Rudy Gobert. That would give the team three ball-handlers and accomplish the goal. My whole plan revolves around the Suns trading Beasley, Scola and O’Neal for draft picks in an effort to rebuild, save money for top-of-the-line free agents next year and make room for Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker following the 2014 draft.