GBB Community Mock Draft: Phoenix Suns Pick #18

Christian Petersen

A look back at the Kevin Love trade and looking presently at what Phoenix does with the 18th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Previous Picks: #1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10#11, #12,

#13, #14, #15, #16, #17
Team and Draft Order Representative GM Player Selected
#1 Cleveland Cavaliers Chris Faulkner Andrew Wiggins
#2 Milwaukee Bucks Kwhittington Joel Embiid
#3 Philadelphia 76ers KellyMelvina Jabari Parker
#4 Orlando Magic BluesCityJoe Dante Exum
#5 Philadelphia 76ers (from UTA) KellyMelvina Aaron Gordon
#6 Boston Celtics Dekebarron Noah Vonleh
#7 LA Lakers Tonyallenismyhomeboy Marcus Smart
#8 Chicago Bulls (from SAC) Chip Williams Julius Randle
#9 Charlotte Hornets Andrew Ford Nik Stauskas
#10 Utah Jazz (from PHI) Jmxisnext Adreian Payne
#11 Denver Nuggets VancouverGrizz Gary Harris
#12 Atlanta Hawks (from ORL) Matt Hrdlicka Dario Saric
#13 Phoenix Suns (from MIN) Adam Rubrum Rodney Hood
#14 Memphis Grizzlies (from MIN) Joe Mullinax Doug McDermott
#15 Orlando Magic (from ATL) BluesCityJoe Kyle Anderson
#16 Chicago Bulls Chip Williams T.J. Warren
#17 Boston Celtics Dekebarron Zach LaVine

Glancing back at the big trade with Minnesota:

PHX: Traded the Goran Dragic, Markieff Morris, Picks 14 and 27

MIN: Traded Kevin Love and Pick 13

This trade was a no-brainer for me.  I honestly was prepared to let go of everything that was included in the trade for only Kevin Love, but not only was I able to receive one of the best players in the NBA, I also moved up in the draft.

In today's NBA, you are only as good as your next upgrade. Whether you believe they overachieved last season or had a bad streak of luck towards the end of the season, the fact remains that the Suns barely missed the post-season. Adding a healthy Love clearly puts the Suns in the discussion for a playoff bound team for next year. They already have much better pieces than the Timberwolves and enough cap room to add more ammunition. Emeka Okafor's contract is off the books and so is Dragic's, which was the next largest. With the cap space available, the Suns can easily sign Bledsoe to a max deal this year and extend Love to a max deal in 2015.  Along with those two, players like Pau Gasol or even Zach Randolph could be possibly lured to Phoenix.  There is even enough cap room to maybe entice a superstar like Carmelo Anthony.

I realize the trade for Love may seem like a huge gamble for the Suns. Along with the possibility that Love may not resign after playing one year, him and Bledsoe have been known to be injury risks. Despite those concerns, the rewards far outweigh the risks.  They worst thing that could happen is that Love decides to leave, and the Suns have a disappointing 2014 season.  If that should happen, they still have many promising young players and a number of earned lottery picks in future drafts to help rebuild the team.

With the 18th pick, the Suns select:

18) Tyler Ennis, PG, Syracuse


Trading away Dragic has severely downgraded their point guard depth. Since Bledsoe is more of a SG, and Ish Smith is well, Ish Smith, Ennis gives them a pure point guard for the future. The Suns will probably have to go out and get a veteran point guard free agent for the 2014, but Ennis should be a solid player off the bench in his first year and has a real chance of being the Sun's starter for the future.


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