The NBA draft combine kicks off on Wednesday in Chicago with more than 70 prospects participating. The Phoenix Suns will keep a keen tab on the proceedings to find out the right candidates as their first round pick.
Based on various recent NBA mock drafts, it seems that South Sudan born Thon Maker is going to be Phoenix Suns’ first round pick. Many are projecting that the Suns are eyeing him as their late first round pick. And Maker, who has skipped college to announce himself for the NBA draft of 2016, is a perfect fit.
The Suns have three first round picks, and can afford to bet on 19-year-old Maker.
Si.com’s Andrew Sharp pointed out that the Suns will pick Thon Maker with their third third pick, the 28th overall pick. The Australian national was heavily targeted by the ASU before he declared himself for the NBA draft.
“Maker doesn’t have first round talent, but the idea of him—crazy combination of size and skill, internet urban legend, high schooler who found a loophole into the draft—may be enough to sell some team on investing four years to see what he could become. And with three first round picks, the Suns can afford to get weird.” Wrote Sharp.
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Brian Marron of the Bleacher Report also has the same opinion regarding the Suns’ third first round pick.
The Suns may pick Marquette’s forward Henry Ellenson with their first pick, which will possibly be the No 4 pick.
“Ellenson may not rise this high in June, but the idea of a stretch-four is a powerful drug in the NBA right now. And the case for Ellenson here is as much about what Phoenix needs. The Suns have three capable guards, TJ Warren at small forward, and two centers (Alex Len, Tyson Chandler) who were awkwardly playing together by the end of the year.” Sharp pointed out in his report.