No, they didn’t trade it.
Not only did the Suns not trade their lottery pick, but they selected the guy who is absolutely perfect for them at No. 14 in Louisville forward.
As I wrote earlier today, Clark is Matrix 2.0. He provides the Suns with that versatile defender that they’ve been missing since Shawn Marion was traded, and how ironic is it that Phoenix acquired such a player in the hours after Shaq was traded?
This pick is so great for the Suns because Clark is so multi-faceted on both sides of the floor: he can guard bigs and smalls on defense, and he can drive, shoot and create on offense.
He’s a player who will make an impact now, and in my mind he was the best player remaining on the board.
As to whether Clark will be the biggest move the Suns make today, Steve Kerr told ESPN that Phoenix has received calls all day long about not only Amare Stoudemire but also. Other teams understand that the Suns are “in transition,” as Kerr put it, but right now the Suns are in more of a listening mode than action mode after the Shaq deal.
There does seem to be some serious heat behind the Golden State talk, be it for Biedrins and the pick (Curry) or Biedrins, Brandan Wright and Marco Belinelli. In other words, stay tuned, we’ll be hearing a whole lot more Amare trade rumors in the coming days.
As for the actual draft, the Suns obviously need a whole lot more than Earl Clark to get back to where they’ve been the last few seasons, but after years of selling picks this is clearly a step in the right direction.