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).
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.