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2018 GBB Community Mock NBA Draft: Pick #16 - Phoenix Suns

Phoenix goes perimeter at #16

NBA: Detroit Pistons at Phoenix Suns Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The 2018 GBB Community Mock NBA Draft is under way! The draft is continuing through our Twitter account @sbngrizzlies if you want to follow it there as it develops. We are recapping picks here at GBB from now until draft week, and we are now at #16 overall with the Phoenix Suns and their mock GM Mark King (@King_Producer).

Now, a review of where we are in the draft. Check out this link to catch up on trade/pick explanations in our mock.

  1. Phoenix Suns- Deandre Ayton, center, University of Arizona
  2. Boston Celtics via Sacramento Kings- Luka Doncic, guard/forward, Real Madrid
  3. Atlanta Hawks- Jaren Jackson Jr., forward/center, Michigan State University
  4. Philadelphia 76ers via Memphis Grizzlies- Michael Porter Jr., forward, University of Missouri
  5. Dallas Mavericks- Marvin Bagley III, forward, Duke University
  6. Orlando Magic- Trae Young, guard, University of Oklahoma
  7. Chicago Bulls- Collin Sexton, guard, University of Alabama
  8. Cleveland Cavaliers via Brooklyn Nets- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, guard, University of Kentucky
  9. New York Knicks - Mikal Bridges, forward, Villanova University
  10. Memphis Grizzlies via Philadelphia (Rights traded to Sacramento)- Mohamed Bamba, center, University of Texas.
  11. Charlotte Hornets- Wendell Carter Jr., forward/center, Duke University
  12. Los Angeles Clippers- Miles Bridges, forward, Michigan State University
  13. Los Angeles Clippers- Lonnie Walker, guard, University of Miami
  14. Denver Nuggets- Kevin Knox, forward, University of Kentucky
  15. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Washington Wizards)- Keita Bates-Diop, forward, the Ohio State University

With the 16th pick in the 2018 GBB Community Mock NBA Draft, the Phoenix Suns select Khyri Thomas, guard, Creighton University

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Charlotte Practice Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix went Ayton at #1, and now they bolster their guard corps with Thomas. Here is Mark with the logic behind this pick-

Khyri Thomas is a career 40% three point shooter in college, and that level of efficiency is hard to teach at the NBA level. He is probably the best two way player in the draft and at 6’3” he can guard wings and guards at the NBA level. The best thing about his situation in Phoenix is that he doesn’t have to come in and immediately have to contribute, Khyri can learn from Devin Booker how to make it at the next level, while also playing rotation minutes. If he breaks out and turns out to be a serious pro, he can play more minutes at multiple positions on the perimeter.

The Milwaukee Bucks are on the clock!