Draft talk: Breaking down the Phoenix Suns point guard options

Tyrese Haliburton, Phoenix Suns (Photo by David K Purdy/Getty Images)
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The Phoenix Suns have an opportunity to improve at point guard by selecting from a good group of young, exciting point guards in the NBA draft.

We are about to get another good look at the Phoenix Suns when the season resumes which will provide more opportunity to assess what the team needs heading into the offseason.

As things currently stand, the Suns have to be excited about a few of their pieces surrounding Devin Booker. The All-Star has seemingly been doing it all on his own for what seems like an eternity but began to receive some help this year. Deandre Ayton, Cameron Johnson, and Mikal Bridges appear to be young core members for the future as they have already shown they can contribute. Kelly Oubre has also had a career year, and he will be under contract for one more season.

So how should the Suns attack the draft? What areas do the team need to address? With Booker, Oubre, Johnson, and Bridges all being able to play out on the perimeter, this doesn’t appear to be an area of need. Another 3-and-D player is never a bad thing, but this wouldn’t be considered the biggest weakness for the Suns.

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At point guard, Ricky Rubio has done a solid job running the show and many would point to his leadership as a key reason the Suns record, despite being 23-39, has improved drastically. While still not putting any fear in the eyes of defenders, his 3-point shooting has been respectable, sitting at 35% on 3.1 3PA per game.

Ty Jerome has had his moments, and even though he is a rookie, you question how much more he will be able to add to his game. He’s always going to play solid defense, a given when you play your college ball at Virginia. Having said that, he lacks the playmaking, burst, and ability that could put him in the upper echelon of point guards.

Going forward, I’d like to see the Phoenix Suns add a point guard, namely someone who could both learn from Rubio and be able to take over the position in due time. So what are the best point guards options in this year’s draft?