3 biggest needs of the Suns with the 22nd pick in NBA Draft

The NBA Draft is fast approaching, and the Phoenix Suns can use their 22nd pick to go in a variety of directions to try and improve their roster.
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2. Small Forward

The reasons for wanting a small forward are obvious - the Suns haven't had one they could truly rely on since trading away Mikal Bridges in the Durant deal. It says a lot that Toumani Camara - the organization's second round selection last summer - looked like exactly the kind of player this roster needed throughout their strange season.

Only Camara never played for the Suns - outside of some nice Summer League showings - instead going to the Portland Trail Blazers in the Deandre Ayton for Jusuf Nurkic, Grayson Allen and some stuff deal. It took some time but once there, Camara created a nice little role for himself with the rebuilding Trail Blazers.

The reason for getting a player like Bridges or even Camara is simple, to make the Suns a tougher defensive proposition next season. Durant was excellent on both ends of the court - but when the team needs to shut down another high level wing scorer - they just don't have the personnel to do that for long stretches.

Keita Bates-Diop was meant to do just that, but he was gone by the trade deadline. Josh Okogie is a fine player, but when he is playing there are limits to how good this group can be. Unlike a point guard, teaching a player to play hard and chase opponents around the court is easier to do, even if it requires a special type of person to pull off properly.