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

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Forwards that might be available for the Phoenix Suns at #10

Jalen Smith is the player I would take at #10. He is 6’10”, 225 lbs., and hits 53.8 percent of his field goals including 36.8 percent from deep. He is a great rim protector, which the Phoenix Suns really don’t have at the power forward position. He is a solid 3-and-D guy, though I will admit he has no post-game and is an average passer at best.

Bleacher Reporter Jonathan Wasserman has said of Smith:

"“Multiple scouts have Smith graded as a lottery pick. He’s also getting rave reviews for his professionalism and work ethic. His character is also a reason that he is rising draft boards.”"

That is a Coach Monty Williams type of player. I compare Jalen Smith to former Suns player Larry Nance, and current Raptors player Serge Ibaka.

Smith and Vessel are the reasons the Suns should keep their pick.

The remaining considerations would be:

Patrick Williams 6’8″, 225 lbs., hits 46 percent of his field goals while hitting 32 percent from beyond the arc. He has a nice stroke, a bit slow-footed and needs improvement on defense out of the lane. He compares to former Suns player Marcus Morris…rookie Marcus Morris to be clear.

Precious Achiuwa is 6’9″, 225 lbs., who shoots 49 percent inside the arc and 32 percent outside. He’s a good pick and roll player, can run the floor, and is a solid rim protector, however, his lateral movement and shot selections are poor.

I would compare him to Julius Randle or maybe Montrezl Harrell lite.

Out of the 5 players mentioned, I would take Jalen Smith first, and Devin Vassel second, but I think Vassel is going to the Washington Wizards at #9, right before the Suns pick.

Either player can fit into Monty Williams’ system, and add value going forward for the ever-improving Phoenix Suns.

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