Gani Lawal -- What they are saying

When the Phoenix Suns drafted Gani Lawal with the 46th overall pick in the second round they knew they were getting a big, physical, athletic power forward who can run the floor and rebound but has a limited offensive game.

I scoured the Internet to get a sense of how the national media feels about how the Suns did with the selection, and the first-take opinions are overwhelmingly positive.

So while it will still take a few years before we know if Lawal becomes a rotation player in Phoenix, here’s what they are saying about Lawal across the web in the aftermath of the draft:

ESPN’s Chad Ford:Lawal is a value pick. He is tough and a good rebounder, and he could make the rotation down the road. Nice pick for Suns owner Robert Sarver — who knew he was also an NBA scout?”

ESPN’s Andy Katz: “This is actually one of those cases where the player may have been better served leaving early last year. He was a borderline first-round pick a year ago. He’s more mature and maybe more ready to handle the NBA now, but the middle of the second round has to be a major disappointment. His best hope is that free agent Amare Stoudemire hits the road and frees up a little room at power forward.” (No. 31 overall prospect): “Lawal is a bit of an enigma. He has all the physical tools you look for in a power forward, but while his defensive and rebounding ability have matured, his ball-handling and shot-selection skills aren’t NBA quality.” “Both power forwards (Lawal and Dwayne Collins) were great value picks with no risk as second-rounders. Either one of these ACC products could crack the Suns’ rotation this season potentially, and both will help on the boards, which fills a big need. No one should have any complaints, seeing as this team doesn’t even have a general manager right now.”

Yahoo! Sports Jeff Eisenberg: “This energetic power forward would have gotten more scoring opportunities had he not been playing alongside Derrick Favors last season.”’s Nick Prevenas: “At 46, the Phoenix Suns get a ready-to-contribute NBA power forward in Gani Lawal. Had he not played on a team with terrible guards and a top-3 talent in his position, Lawal would’ve been drafted in the top 25. He’s not the most polished offensive player, but he thrives in an up-tempo offense (hello, Phoenix!) and can pull down a rebound in traffic (unlike a certain someone who is demanding a max contract). Outstanding pick, but who made it?”’s Jonathan Givony: “Good pick by Phoenix taking Gani Lawal. Could be the next Lou Amundson for them. 21, rebounds well. Solid athlete. Nice one Griff.” “Great motor and rebounder willing to do the dirty work.”

AOL FanHouse’s Tom Ziller: “The Suns grabbed Georgia Tech’s Gani Lawal in the second round, and he should be a rotation player if Louis Amundson and/or Channing Frye move on. Lawal might be the best second-round pick of all.”

SBNation’s Matt O’Brien: “Lawal is pretty good at a lot of things, but doesn’t really stand out with one elite skill. Still, he’s big, decently athletic with a good motor. He has a chance to contribute in the desert. Not bad work.”

Overall Grade: B+ The Suns clearly got great value with this pick as most of the pundits expected him to be selected in the 30s and some thought he would be a late first-rounder if he didn’t spend last year playing next to Derrick Favors. The Suns essentially have found a cheaper solution to Lou Amundson (making this a need pick as well) after selecting the kind of dirt worker who always seems to make it in the second round.

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