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NBA Draft Lottery: Suns will pick 14th in 2014


Grantland’s Bill Simmons ranked the Phoenix Suns No. 1 in terms of karma heading into the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery, but karma wasn’t on their side.

There was a 1.8 percent shot the Suns would move into the top three. Instead of those odds coming through, it was the 1.7 percent shot of the Cleveland Cavaliers, led by longtime former Suns employee David Griffin, moving into the first overall slot that won out.

The Cavs were the ninth most-likely team to win the draft lottery, and they leapfrogged their way up the lottery over teams including the Milwaukee bucks and Philadelphia 76ers, who came in second and third in the final draft order selection process.

Phoenix, which was represented by Markieff and Marcus Morris, will keep its 14th pick in addition to the 18th overall choice via the Washington Wizards and the 27th pick coming from the Indiana Pacers. For now.

If the Suns had moved into the top three, they would then have acquired the Minnesota Timberwolves’ 14th draft pick. The T-Wolves owed Phoenix a draft pick that is top-13 protected in 2014 and the pick now conveys to a top-12 protected first-rounder in 2015. Next year, should the Timberwolves again keep their pick due to the protections, the Suns would then receive Minnesota’s second rounders in 2016 and 2017.

Another slight bit of good news for the Suns came with the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers coming in sixth and seventh in the order. Both teams are considered potential landing spots for the much-coveted Kevin Love, and if either moved into the top-3 spots it may have helped their chances by enticing the Timberwolves to trade their forward.

2014 NBA Draft Lottery order

1 – Cleveland Cavaliers
2 – Milwaukee Bucks
3 – Philadelphia 76ers
4 – Orlando Magic
5 – Utah Jazz
6 – Boston Celtics
7 – Los Angeles Lakers
8 – Sacramento Kings
9 – Charlotte Hornets
10 – Philadelphia 76ers
11 – Denver Nuggets
12 – Orlando Magic
13 – Minnesota Timberwolves
14 – Phoenix Suns

  • EarlBlackJesusMonroe

    Man, you are fast! Interesting that the Morri were representing the Suns as I have them both going to Minny as part of the Kevin love package. Everything is falling into place, as you posted the Lakers and Celtics didn’t move up. So the 14th and 18th don’t look so bad compared with the either the 6th or 7th. Does Flip think Noah Vonleh is his future at PF or would he rather go with the experienced Markieff and pick up a couple more picks instead?

  • Hawki

    Freakin Video Boy Griffin ?

  • Hawki

    Cleveland gets Johnny Football AND the #1 pick in NBA Draft….WTF ???

  • 4everis2long

    From my view point the Lakers are guaranteed to be back in the lottery next year since they will not get a top 5 lottery pick and cannot entice Minnesota to trade Love to them. I do not think if I am the Suns I trade them #14 and 18 picks for a number 7 pick (top 5 or maybe 6). Let them suffer. I doubt we can get Love with #14, 18 and a player unless Minny cannot get a better offer.

    • EarlBlackJesusMonroe

      Would you feel better if the Suns traded the 14th and 18th to the Wolves and then they flipped them to L.A. for the 7th?

      • 4everis2long

        I do not think Minny is obsessed with the 7th pick for Love. They likely feel they can get someone at 13 who will be at least as good as who they could get at 7. Now that may change on draft night should someone slip to 7 who they love.

    • EarlBlackJesusMonroe

      Why don’t you think the Lakers lottery pick in ’15 won’t help? That would be three very good players with Flip Saunders doing the drafting plus their starting PF in Markieff.

      • 4everis2long

        If I am Flip Saunders, I would rather have Klay Thompson or Harrison Barnes from the Warriors and a 1st round pick then Morris and 2 mid 1st round picks. If I am losing Love I want someone with allstar potential instead of mid round draft choices. I think they need to get better sooner than later.

      • 4everis2long

        I forgot EBJM to address the Lakers 2015 pick which I think is top 5 protected, I think Minny needs players with some NBA experience who have a significant upside. I am not sure teams view Markief as a future NBA starter due to rebounding concerns. However it could attract someone but I do not think Minny is looking mid 1st round picks or a possible future 1st round pick. Then again if I am the Suns I am not offering Minny 1st round picks in 2014 and 2015 for Love. While he will no doubt improve the Suns, I do not love the guy. As usual good dialogue.

  • EarlBlackJesusMonroe

    This will be the Wolves 13th 1st rd pick since 2008. The Cavs have had the top pick three times out the past four years. Is it any wonder why McDonough wants to package his picks for an established Star?

  • DBreezy

    Oh well, it’s never easy is it?

  • 4everis2long

    While generally speaking the Lakers #7 pick does not appeal to me, that could change if J. Randall or Vonleh slips to 7. Should that happen I would call the Lakers immediately and propose #14 and 18 for #7. Find a steal at 27 and then sign a relatively cheap power forward like Hill or Davis in the summer.

    • MyMets

      14 and 18 wont be enough to get the 7th pick, might have to throw in a player or the 27th pick too.

      • 4everis2long

        The Lakers are desperate to get draft picks in a good draft so it is possible. However if they say no, there is no way if I am the Suns I am throwing in the 27th pick as well. IMO there are too many good point guards in this draft and the Suns may lose one of their guards by next summer so I think they want to use a draft pick on a point guard. However if it took a player like one of the twins I might do that. Very interesting thoughts MyMets.

  • MyMets

    The Suns have the 14th, 18th and 27th pick this year.

    3 more 1st round picks in 2015

    In 2015 the Suns have their own pick plus the following: pick from L.A. Lakers 1st round pick to Phoenix protected for selections 1-5 in 2015, 1-3 in 2016 or 1-3 in 2017 or unprotected in 2018 [L.A. Lakers-Phoenix, 7/11/2012]
    &
    Minnesota’s 1st round pick to Phoenix protected for selections 1-12 in 2015 or 1-12 in 2016; if Minnesota has not conveyed a 1st round pick to Phoenix by 2016, then Minnesota will instead convey its 2016 2nd round pick and 2017 2nd round pick to Phoenix [Minnesota-New Orleans-Phoenix, 7/27/2012]

  • KlausFlouride

    Three out of four? The NBA must feel really bad for Cleveland after James left.