Because the Suns have three first-round picks and seem willing to move about, there’s really no way to zero in on what they’re doing. Anything is a possibility. Nonetheless, here are some notes that could have everything or nothing to do with the Suns’ eventual decisions.
– Phoenix reportedly met with a number of lottery-bound point guards through the first two days of the 2014 NBA Draft Combine, signaling they may be willing to move up in the draft. Then again, it could just be necessary grunt work in case Phoenix and its 1.8 percent chance of moving into the top three picks becomes a reality. The Suns met with Australian combo guard Dante Exum, Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart, Syracuse product Tyler Ennis and Louisville guard Russ Smith, according to Basketball Insiders’ Alex Kennedy. Exum, probably the most intriguing of the group, told Kennedy he sees himself as a point guard and teams he’s met with have mentioned putting him in a backcourt of two point guards. Exum certainly could play the “big” point guard at 6-foot-6 with shoes, 196 pounds and a 6-foot-9.25 inch wingspan.
– Valley of the Suns alum Mike Schmitz at Draft Express writes that Michigan State stretch 4 Adreian Payne measured out quite well. Though a bout of mono will keep him out of drills, Payne measured in at 6-foot-9 without shoes and a very impressive 7-foot-4 wingspan. At 239 pounds, Payne indeed would make some Suns fans lick their lips as a player who could eventually replace Channing Frye, who measured in at 6-foot-9.25 without shoes, 244 pounds and with a 7-foot-2.5 wingspan when he was drafted. Payne’s high release while gunning threes — plus what we assume is a very good vertical jump — is enticing as a mid-first-round pick. Only Baylor big man Isaiah Austin and Indiana’s Noah Vonleh had longer wingspans. And only Austin and New Mexico center Alex Kirk had better standing reaches.
– James Young was caught sitting next to Rihanna at a recent Nets-Heat game, and he had to address it with media — and NBA teams. My own inquiry of Rihanna’s timeline turned up this. Young has signed with Jay-Z’s management agency, ROC Nation.
– Among other weird questions players have been asked, Arizona product Aaron Gordon told the Arizona Daily Star’s Bruce Pascoe that the Timberwolves asked him how many pennies are in $1 million. They also timed his answer.
– By the raw and limited stats on NBA.com, it appears Michigan’s Glenn Robinson III had some very good shooting numbers, both off the dribble and spotting up.
#NBACombine Top Spot-Up Shooters (SF) 1 G Robinson (31/50), 2 M Ejim (30), 2 R Hood (30), 4 T Antetokounmpo (29), 4 L Ross (29)
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 15, 2014
– Some West Coast players were the best shooting guards in drills on Thursday. Washington Huskies product C.J. Wilcox unsurprisingly led in total makes, and he was followed by UCLA sophomore guard Jordan Adams and San Diego State point guard Xavier Thames.
– Check out more Draft Combine stats at NBA.com.