If the Phoenix Suns keep their 32nd overall pick in the draft, these are five players who they should target.
The 2019 NBA draft is nearly upon us and it has been highly anticipated for all of the wrong reasons.
The many trade rumors, the next “LeBron James” in Zion Williamson, and the future of Ja Morant are the three primary subjects that are dominating this years draft hype.
There is a noticeable drop off between Williamson, Ja Morant, and RJ Barrett from the rest of the field.
From the beginning of the college basketball season, the feeling was that this draft didn’t have much to possess, especially in regard to depth. Even today, the popular opinion is that the best prizes lay with the top-three picks.
There is no hint to determine how picks 4-16 will shape out, and because of this, the audience may be in for more draft day trades than they are accustom to, although they will hear many names in the second round that are going to be completely new to the average fan.
To that point, what should the Suns do with their 32nd pick, a pick that as it is essentially a low first round pick still, has proven to be most valuable in past drafts.
For starters, they should keep it, trust their scouts, and set themselves on the task of finding the diamond in the rough, especially if they deal their first round pick.
If they do keep it, here are some prospects that were effective at the college level, and could be a steal for the Suns in the second round:
5. Chuma Okeke, PF, Auburn
What might be most important to note about the 6’8″ sophomore is that he is coming off of an ACL tear.
In 38 games and 38 starts, Okeke averaged 12 points, nearly 7 boards and 2 assists. Okeke possesses superb athleticism and basketball IQ, with an exceptional jump shot, shooting above 50% from the field for the 2018-19 season.
What may be a cherry on top is his ability to play defense at a high level.
As Suns fans know, the power forward position is one to be addressed this offseason and Okeke may be the perfect 3-and-D stretch-four.
He will allow the Suns to stretch the floor and run on offense. That being said, his mobility should be monitored as he recovers from a basketball players worst nightmare.