ESPN’s insider Chad Ford released his first mock draft earlier today. In his original mock draft, Ford had the Phoenix Suns with three pick in the first-round at number three, fourteen, and twenty-six.
Ford had the Suns taking Ben McLemore at number three, Mason Plumlee at fourteen and Steven Adams at twenty-six. However it’s been brought to Mr. Ford’s attention that he’s made an error.
The hypothetical twenty-sixth pick in fact belongs to the Minnesota Timberwolves, a pick in which the Suns acquired in the Wesley Johnson trade this past summer. Ford tweeted these couple of tweets earlier:
“OK. Just talked to Wolves. MN only sends MEM pick to PHX if their own pick wasn’t in Top 13. Very weirdly worded … Will change on Mock …”
“Here’s the wording on that MEM pick. “If Minnesota’s own first round pick falls out of it’s protection in 2013 then Minnesota …”
“…shall convey the less favorable of their own pick and Memphis’ own first round pick via Houston to Phoenix.” Sorry for the confusion.”
So in plain English, the Suns won’t have a third first-round pick this season(As of right now), however the Minnesota Timberwolves still owe the Suns a first-rounder moving forward.
The Los Angeles Lakers are currently 1/2 game behind the Utah Jazz for the eighth seed in the west, and as most of the public is already aware of, the Suns will receive the Lakers first-round draft(Suns acquired in the Steve Nash trade) choice IF the Lakers miss the playoffs.
At this stage in the game, the Lakers failures will result in success for the Suns(What else is new). If the Lakers make the playoffs, the Suns will be given a first-round draft choice that belongs to the Miami Heat, which means it’ll probably be the final pick in the first-round.
The amount significance that two lottery picks hold won’t need to be explained. The Suns have a lot of holes to fill on their roster and having the flexibility to add two lottery prospects to the team would be pivotal. Stick and stay with Sun-N-Gun for all your latest Phoenix Suns updates!