Draft talk: Breaking down 5 Phoenix Suns shooting guard options

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Barring a lucky ping-pong ball bounce or a trade, the Phoenix Suns will pick 10th in this year’s NBA draft. What shooting guard options might be available?

Previously, we took a look at what options are available in this year’s draft class at the point guard position, and who might be a good fit for the Phoenix Suns. Now, let’s turn our attention to shooting guard, an under-discussed position-of-need for the Suns.

It is easy to look at Devin Booker and say, “The Suns are good at that position for the foreseeable future,” and subsequently dismiss the possibility of drafting a shooting guard.

However, you have to remember this draft class is considerably weaker than average and the best the Phoenix Suns may be able to hope for is a solid rotational player who comes off the bench for the first season or two.

And that’s okay.

You’re not always going to find an All-Star late in the lottery like the Suns did with Devin Booker five years ago even in a strong class, and in most cases, you won’t. If the Suns can land a guy who can come off the bench as a rookie and Monty Williams does not feel like he is counting to seconds until Booker re-enters, that is a good draft pick, especially this year.

Additionally, with basketball transitioning to much more of a positionless sport, the line between a one and two-guard is becoming blurred. So, for some of these prospects, sliding into the role of primary ball-handler will be a relatively easy transition, even if that’s not their natural position.

On top of that, with all the talk this summer about utilizing point-Booker more, playing another capable shooting guard alongside Booker is a viable option.

So, who from this class could fill that void if the Phoenix Suns choose to go shooting guard? Let’s dive in.