After Alvin Gentry and Lance Blanks spoke to the media following Thursday’s draft workouts it became clear that it’s going to take a lot for the Phoenix Suns to select a wing 13th overall.
Blanks emphasized Phoenix’s obvious need for a big man, while Gentry said, “He would have to be a really, really good wing because I like the guys that we have and the guys that are coming back, so that would have to be somebody pretty special.”
Former Texas standout Jordan Hamilton may be that special somebody.
The Suns are clearly overloaded with swingmen, but the 6-foot-8, 228-pound Hamilton could make that irrelevant if Phoenix believes he’s the best player on the board at 13, which is a definite possibility (he worked out with the Suns on Friday).
I took an in-depth look at Hamitlon’s strengths and weaknesses in this video, but to summarize: He’s a knockdown shooter with deep range who can score in a variety of ways, and he rebounds the ball very well for his position.
On the flip side, he takes some shots that make you scratch your head, and still has room to improve on defense and with his first step offensively. So how would Hamilton’s game fit in with the Suns?
He brings a lot of what they’re missing with their current wings and has the potential to be a go-to guy of sorts down the road. He’s not going to blow by you and get to the rim, but his ability to create his shot out of the post and get into his jumper off the dribble makes him more than just a stand-still shooter.
It’s also hard not to like his 6-foot-8 (6-foot-8.5 with shoes), 228-pound frame and ability to play both the two and three. Although the Suns have a slew of wings, Josh Childress and Jared Dudley are the only swingmen who are in Phoenix’s future plans, so drafting Hamilton wouldn’t be all that shocking.
His ability to splash the deep ball and score in a variety of ways, while still rebounding the basketball makes him a good fit in Phoenix. Of course, the Suns’ most glaring hole is up front so if Tristan Thompson, Bismack Biyombo or even Markieff Morris are available at 13, Phoenix almost has to select them.
Hamilton is expected to be around when the Suns are on the clock, however, making him one of their more realistic options. He may not be that explosive power forward the Suns are yearning for, but he’s a solid option with a bright future.