PHOENIX — As it stands, the Suns appear to be keeping both of their first two first round picks in T.J. Warren and Tyler Ennis, and so what they do with 27th overall pick could be up-in-the air. Phoenix used that selection to pick 21-year-old shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, who is a draft-and-stash candidate.
Both David Aldridge and Canadian reporter Michael Grange report that the Toronto Raptors’ reported interest in the Suns’ 18th pick, Tyler Ennis, does not mean Phoenix wants to part with its 18th pick.
And so, the Suns used their next pick on a player who will not join the roster right away but could be a piece for Jeff Hornacek’s squad a year or two down the line.
Bogdanovic averaged 14.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists in Euroleague play this past season and as a 6-foot-6 shooting guard is considered a strong slasher and very capable defender. He shot 37 percent from beyond the international three-point arc and with his near 7-foot wingspan averaged 1.6 steals per game.
European expert and ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla said Bogdanovic does nothing unbelievable but everything very well.
The pick mirrors the Suns’ reported interest in Nik Stauskas. They share a similar stature and are underrated athletes, though Bogdanovic is not quite the shooter of the Michigan guard.