Suns Prediction Central: Where Phoenix’s Draft Picks End Up

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Mar 18, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Kendall Marshall (12) handles the ball against defender Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Blake (5) in the second half at US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Lakers 99-76. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

The Suns Own Draft Pick

Phoenix Suns:

Phoenix has 11 games left on the schedule, with Saturday’s game with the Indiana Pacers as the only one against an Eastern Conference team.  The Suns play five at home and six away from U.S. Airways Center before season’s end. Also, six of the games are against teams currently slotted to be in the playoffs.

The best-case scenario would be for Phoenix to lose all the games (without any blowouts) except for the last one, to have the Suns go out on a high note.

I predict the team to go 3-8 the rest of the way, finishing with a 26-56 record.

Charlotte Bobcats:

Charlotte has 12 games left on the slate, and for them the April 9th game against the Memphis Grizzlies is the only one against teams from the Western Conference. The Bobcats split the home and away games at six apiece the rest of the way. Seven of the final games for the Bobcats are against current playoff teams.

The best case for the team is to lose every game possible to solidify themselves with the number one pick, but I don’t think that is going to happen.

I predict the Bobcats to go 4-8 and therefore finish the season with a 20-62 record.

Orlando Magic:

Orlando has 12 games left on the schedule with the two games at the beginning of April against the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs as the only games against Western Conference opponents. The Magic have five games at home the rest of the way and seven away from Georgia. Additionally, nine of Orlando’s opponents the rest of the season are slated to be in the playoffs.

Whether they like it or not Orlando is going to lose a lot of games down the stretch. They will probably end up with the second pick.

I predict the team to go 1-11 to finish out the season. They shouldn’t win any games, but will probably take one, when their opponent has an off night.

Cleveland Cavaliers:

Cleveland has 13 games left on their slate with only Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Hornets as the only one with a Western Conference opponent. The Cavaliers have a slight edge 7-6 in favor of home games against those on the road. Seven of their 13 games are also against current playoff teams.

Cleveland just needs to get healthy for next year and place their trust in Kyrie Irving, the phenom point guard, who became an all-star in his second season and turned 21 just last week. They need to get him some better players around him next year, but they have no delusions of winning anything this season.

I predict the Cavaliers will go 3-10 the rest of the year for a 25-57 record.

Detroit Pistons:

Detroit has 11 games left on the schedule and just two games against Minnesota make up the games with opponents from the Western Conference.  Only four games are at the Palace of Auburn Hills for the Pistons while the rest are on the road. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you see it) Detroit plays only four games against current playoff teams.

The Pistons are playing some bad teams and because you can’t actively tank games they are going to win some and therefore get a low lottery draft pick.

I predict the team to go 4-7 to finish the season for a final record of 28-54.

If my predictions pan out then the draft order would go: Magic, (19-63), Bobcats (20-62), Cavaliers (25-57),  Suns (26-56), followed by the Pistons (28-54). This would give Phoenix the fourth pick in the 2013 NBA draft that could be a future star in the league that would turn around the franchise and speed up the rebuilding process.

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