NBA Draft: Should the Phoenix Suns sell or use the #10 pick?

Obi Toppin, Phoenix Suns (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
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Obi Toppin, Phoenix Suns
Obi Toppin, Phoenix Suns (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) /

The Phoenix Suns landed the number 10 overall pick in the NBA draft. What will they decide to do with it when the time comes?

Right now the 2020 NBA draft is scheduled for October 16th, so the Phoenix Suns will have between now and then to figure out what they are going to do with the pick.

Should they sell it? Well, the Phoenix Suns, according to Forbes Magazine are the number 17 most valuable NBA franchise at $1.625 billion in 2020. Who says Robert Sarver isn’t a good businessman? He bought the Suns from Jerry Colangelo for $401 million, which was a record at the time, 17 years ago.

So Sarver selling the Suns draft pick probably isn’t about making more money.

There are two reasons why I would sell that pick. The first would be the Phoenix Suns were the youngest team in the NBA; why add a rookie?

The second reason is that the Suns would potentially be saving up to $4.8 million off the cap. Cam Reddish, the 10th pick last year, signed for close to $4.5 million. That savings could help go for an established veteran if the Suns sold this pick.

What if the Suns used the pick?

This draft will be one of the least talented drafts in recent memory. In fact, all of the mock drafts have some pretty, not-so-ready for prime time players as their top picks. That’s why all indications are that the Warriors are trying to bail out of the number 2 position.

What players will be available at #10? Well, Obi Toppin and Deni Avdija are the players that I would want on the team long term, but they will be off the board in the top 5 picks.

So with fingers crossed as a Suns fan, I would hope for Tyrese Haliburton or Oneka Okongwu to fall to the10th pick, but likely, they won’t. So who will be there at #10? Let’s see who might be available: