Mar 30, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Michigan State Spartans forward Adreian Payne (5) reacts after a play during the first half against the Connecticut Huskies in the finals of the east regional of the 2014 NCAA Mens Basketball Championship tournament at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NBA mock draft: The Suns’ Draft Day Eve predictions


Get the final measurements of your wingspans, because it’s Draft Day Eve.

The Phoenix Suns will be busy working the phones leading into the 2014 NBA Draft, which tips off at 4:30 p.m. PST on Thursday at The Barclays Center. So many options for Phoenix means there’s very little evidence that even accurate information will lead to accurate predictions. Nonetheless, we’ve compiled some of the last NBA mock drafts from the best sources across the web.

Out of 10 different writers’ mocks, the assumption Phoenix will go with a swingman with the 14th and 18th picks has only complicated the guessing process. James Young, Rodney Hood and T.J. Warren are all in the mix. With the news Channing Frye will opt out of his contract, however, the thought is that Phoenix will lean more toward drafting a power forward. Four writers have Adreian Payne going off the board at 14 or 18. And two, more surprisingly, have Doug McDermott joining the Suns.

Conscious of the Suns’ likelihood to draft and stash a player, writers like the thought of Dario Saric, Jusuf Nurkic and Clint Capela ending up in Phoenix. Capela is overall the most likely player to be selected by the Suns, if we’re judging this by percentages. Six writers believe he’ll be a Sun.

Here’s the roundup of projected Suns picks from Draft Express, Paul Coro, ESPN, NBA Draft Insider, Sports Illustrated, NBADraft.net, CBS Sports and Yahoo! Sports. Additionally, check out NBA.com’s consensus mock, which in the lottery has Phoenix using its 14th pick on Kentucky guard James Young.

[PAST MOCK ROUNDUPS: 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0]

2014 NBA mock draft

No. 14 pick

Draft Express: Gary Harris (–)
Paul Coro: Rodney Hood (Nik Stauskas)
ESPN (Chad Ford): James Young (–)
NBA Draft Insider: Adreian Payne (–)
Sports Illustrated: Adreian Payne (Dario Saric)
NBADraft.net: Doug McDermott (–)
CBS Sports (Gary Parrish, Zach Harper, Matt Moore):  T.J. Warren (–), Kyle Anderson (–), James Young (–)
Yahoo! Sports: Doug McDermott (Nik Stauskas)

No. 18 pick

Draft Express: Adreian Payne (–)
Paul Coro: Zach LaVine (Clint Capela)
ESPN (Chad Ford): Zach LaVine (T.J. Warren)
NBA Draft Insider: T.J. Warren (–)
Sports Illustrated: Zach LaVine (–)
NBADraft.net: Adreian Payne (Cleanthony Early)
CBS Sports: Clint Capela (–), Clint Capela (Zach LaVine), Dario Saric (T.J. Warren)
Yahoo! Sports: Rodney Hood (Zach LaVine)

No. 27 pick

Draft Express: Jerami Grant (–)
Paul Coro: Artem Klimenko (Kyle Anderson)
ESPN (Chad Ford): Clint Capela (–)
NBA Draft Insider: Jusuf Nurkic (–)
Sports Illustrated: Kyle Anderson (–/or trade)
NBADraft.net: Jordan Adams (Clint Capela)
CBS Sports: Jerami Grant (–), Jusuf Nurkic (Kristaps Porzingis, Note: he has since withdrawn), Jarnell Stokes (Jerami Grant)
Yahoo! Sports: Clint Capela (–)

No. 50 pick

Draft Express: Deonte Burton (Dwight Powell)
ESPN: James Michael McAdoo (N/A)
NBADraft.net: Jabari Brown (DeAndre Kane)
NBA Draft Insider: Damien Inglis (–)

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