2013 NBA Draft: Suns finish the night by drafting Alex Oriakhi with the 57th

Mar 20, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Missouri Tigers forward Alex Oriakhi (42) during practice the day before the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at Rupp Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

With almost the last pick, the Suns selected Alex Oriakhi form Missouri with the 57th pick in the 2013 NBA draft.

He started on the 2011 UCONN national championship team then transferred to Missouri as a senior, due to UCONN’s postseason ban.

He wasn’t on the radar, since with those last several spots there are a lot of players vying for the opportunity to get drafted. At that point it just comes down to the small things and personal preference of the management of the teams.

Oriakhi has a solid build, standing at 6’9″ and weighing 255 pounds. The power forward plays hard and has that combination of touch and aggressiveness around the rim that helps him contribute on that side of the court.

It seems like he is that prototypical role big man who does the things you want and nothing more. He is a good rebounder, has a long wingspan and makes his free throws, which is what you want. A team doesn’t want their power forward not to be able to be in the game to rebound and defend at the end, solely because he can’t hit free throws.

Upon first looking at his profile on NBA.com, I thought of the Collins brothers. They are big (Oriakhi is a bit smaller) but good rebounders and defenders who compete and wear down their man on the defensive end, making them work for points.

It is possible to unlikely that Oriakhi will make the roster with the Suns, but he might, considering their rebuilding situation and especially if any of the veterans get traded for young talent or future draft picks.

Topics: 2013 NBA Draft, Alex Oriakhi, Basketball, NBA, Phoenix Suns, Sports

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