Mar 21, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Rodney Hood (5) drives to the basket against Mercer Bears forward Bud Thomas (5) in the second half of a men

2014 NBA mock draft: Suns options still aplenty


We’ve shuffled through the updated 2014 NBA mock draft posts across the internet and have seen a bit more consistency this time around, though there’s obviously room for trades to make the Phoenix Suns’ ultimate decisions unpredictable at this point. Today, we take a look at mocks by Chris Mannix at Sports Illustrated, Jeff Goodman of ESPN,  Chad Ford (his mock is old but his updated big board is still interesting), NBADraft.net and a trio of writers at CBS Sports.

Many 2014 NBA mock drafts project the Suns to select wings Rodney Hood, T.J. Warren, Zach LaVine or James Young with either the 14th or 18th picks.

But there’s also a lot of love — at every one of the Suns’ three first round choices — for general manager Ryan McDonough to roll the dice on intriguing international forward Clint Capela. It helped that McDonough and coach Jeff Hornacek were quite complimentary 0f Capela after his workout in Phoenix (though they’ve been complimentary of everyone).

[RELATED: Suns mock roundup 1.0; Roundup 2.0]

2014 NBA mock draft

No. 14 pick

Sports Illustrated: Rodney Hood, sophomore swingman, Duke
ESPN (Goodman): Zach Lavine, freshman guard, UCLA
NBADraft.net: James Young, freshman shooting guard, Kentucky
CBS Sports (Gary Parrish, Zach Harper, Matt Moore): T.J. Warren (N.C. State forward), Kyle Anderson (UCLA forward), Clint Capela (international forward)

No. 18 pick

Sports Illustrated: James Young, freshman shooting guard, Kentucky
ESPN (Goodman): Adreian Payne, senior forward, Michigan State
NBADraft.net: Cleanthony Early, senior forward, Wichita State
CBS Sports: Clint Capela (international forward), Zach LaVine (UCLA guard), T.J. Warren (N.C. State forward)

No. 27 pick

Sports Illustrated: Kyle Anderson, sophomore small forward, UCLA (or trade)
ESPN (Goodman): Clint Capela, power forward, Switzerland (plays in France)
NBADraft.net: Clint Capela, power forward, Switzerland (plays in France)
CBS Sports: Jerami Grant (Syracuse forward), Kristaps Porzingis (international forward), P.J. Hairston (North Carolina/D-League guard)

Chad Ford’s big board

Ford’s updated big board is intriguing as some mock drafts, and it could be telling of how unpredictable the 2014 will unfold outside of the lottery. Starting at the No. 10 spot is Gary Harris, who is probably out of the Suns’ range. Nik Stauskas and Doug McDermott following Harris’ placement on the big board, but Louisiana Lafayette guard Elfrid Payton, who worked out for Phoenix on Thursday, comes in at No. 13.

Tyler Ennis is No. 14, and he’s followed by Zach LaVine, James Young, Adreian Payne, Kristaps Porzingis and T.J. Warren at No. 19. Ford has Clint Capela falling all the way to No. 27, which would give the Suns a chance to stash him overseas or bring him on with a smaller first round contract.

Though Phoenix is rumored to be shopping its final first round pick of the 2014 NBA Draft, there’s still a chance a player highly-rated by them could fall that far down the boards.

  • EarlBlackJesusMonroe

    Ford has Payton at 13? Before Ennis? Even I find that a bit high for him. But hey, like 4ever pointed out, that means another good player drops towards the 14th.

  • 4everis2long

    I think I saw on Rant yesterday that the Lakers are or should consider trading their #7 pick to the Suns for #14 &18 and Suns possibly taking Nash back for his final season so the Lakers can sign Gasol and possibly Hill. If we can get Randall/Vonleh with #7 fine, otherwise I say no way.

    • EarlBlackJesusMonroe

      The one I read earlier were suggesting Goodwin from the Suns or Tony Snell from the Bulls plus the two picks. I already know how you feel about that deal.

      • 4everis2long

        EBJM, please hangup the phone on the Lakers when they ask for Goodwin. In fact slam the phone so they can hear your disgust with their proposal. They know Goodwin is the real deal and are trying to hijack him from Planet Orange. They have lost their mind.

        • EarlBlackJesusMonroe

          Their train of thought is baffling to say the least. They have rationalized just as you and David have that there really isn’t any difference in the quality of player from their 7th pick through the Suns 14th and 18th and the Bulls 16th & 19th.

          So for the privilege of helping the Lakers acquire two quality players instead of one they expect Phoenix or Chicago to toss in their prized late rd rookies from last year.

          Apparently the Lakers didn’t get the memo that Lance Blanks was fired. Speaking of Goodwin and Snell, they were picked 29th & 20th respectively.

          Why would you trade away this years 27th pick if you could add either a Snell or Goodwin type of talent simply because it would give you three rookies?

          • 4everis2long

            EBJM, I guess we punked the Lakers so bad on the Nash trade, they remain delusional. Regarding the Suns trading away their 27th, pick, that is a million dollar question. I hope McD does not do that in this draft.