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WARNING: IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO DO FOR THE NEXT TWO HOURS OR NEED TO BE PRODUCTIVE IN THE SLIGHTEST, STOP READING NOW. WHAT I AM ABOUT TO SHARE WITH YOU HAS THE ABILITY TO REDUCE PRODUCTIVITY TO MARCH MADNESS LEVELS.

You have been warned.

Chad Ford posted what future archaeologists may someday point to as the downfall of Western civilization: The NBA Lottery Mock Draft.

Grab a paper bag, Suns fans, and breathe slowly into and out of it; currently, Phoenix is one of the fourteen teams in the draft lottery (thanks, Pistons and Sixers!). The good news?

Short of the Suns lucking into the top 2 of the draft and grabbing Kyrie Irving*, the Suns could grab one of two players that would fit well with the current roster and into Alvin Gentry’s system. I won’t pretend to be an expert on college or European players, so I’ll let Mr. Ford take it from here in analyzing the Suns’ two most-likely draft prospects:

*In the two hours I wasted refreshing this Mock Draft application, the Suns once landed at number two and grabbed Kyrie Irving. I stood up and ran laps around my living room, until I remembered this isn’t real.

Donatas Motiejunas

“Montiejunas has been on the radar for the past two years, and his decision to stay in Europe seems to be paying off. With an increased role, Motiejunas is finally playing, and looking, like a lottery pick. He’s very aggressive scoring both inside and away from the basket, and his body is starting to fill out. Though he’s a below-average rebounder who doesn’t add much on defense, Motiejunas could live up the Pau Gasol comparisons.”

Jordan Hamilton

“Hamilton is one of the most lethal scorers in the country. He’s a classic small forward with unlimited range on his jump shot and a very quick release. Scouts were rough on him last year for his wild shot selection, but he’s become more disciplined this year at Texas while remaining aggressive. Many NBA scouts compare him to Rashard Lewis.”

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