Phoenix won just 25 games this past season, despite adding a few key free agents last summer, so now the Suns are once again in rebuilding mode. The good news is the team has two picks in the first round of the upcoming NBA Draft and with a good group of young talent available, this team could take a big leap forward if they add the right talent.
Here is a look at the top prospects for the team as the look to improve on offense, especially in the back court.
The Suns hold the fifth pick and most basketball experts believe they will add a shooting guard. Victor Oladipo from Indiana is one of the best rated prospects this year and a player that would help defensively, but his outside shooting needs work and this team needs someone who can provide some instant offense. Oladipo is excellent at crashing the boards, picking up easy baskets around the net, and is one of the better athletes available at the guard position, but the front office will need to decide if they want an all around player or risk using the pick on someone that is a work in progress.
C.J. McCollum from Lehigh is an interesting player. An injury kept him out of the lineup for most of his senior year, but the young point guard has all the makings for an NBA player. McCollum accounted for much of the teams offense when he was healthy and could play either guard positions at the next level, but at just 6’3″, scouts and General Managers have concerns about his defensive skills when facing much larger players.
Both of these young men have a downside to their abilities, but both are also terrific athletes that performed well against tough competition in college and while The Phoenix Suns need help now, these two players are their best choice with the fifth overall selection.
The Suns also have the last pick in the first round and selecting more help for the back court is likely. Ricky Ledo from Providence is a player on the rise after a solid freshmen season with the Friars and some good showings this off-season in workout camps. He does lack a bit of confidence, but at 6’6″ and nearly 200 pounds, he has both the size and athletic skills to become a quality player in the league.
This team can turn things around with a good draft and a couple free agent signings. Look for the Suns front office to sign a veteran free agent to add some leadership and if this team gets some decent production from their incoming rookies, look for 30-40 wins in the desert for the upcoming basketball season.