2015 NBA Mock Draft: Phoenix Suns Select Devin Booker
Phoenix Suns Draft Devin Booker
May 23, 2015
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The Phoenix Suns have the 13th pick in the 2015 NBA draft and need to make the most of it after management decided to go crazy during the trade deadline. The Suns went from a possible playoff team to trading their best players and ending up with a bunch of question marks.
The Suns should select Devin Booker out of Kentucky. No, this pick isn’t going to be an instant fix, but it does help improve lousy depth at the two-guard position and gives them a lights out shooter.
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Booker shot 41.1 percent from downtown in one season with the Wildcats and 47 percent from the field overall. That’s music to my ears considering the Suns were 21st in the league last season in three-point percentage (34.1) and traded some of their better shooters in Isaiah Thomas and Goran Dragic.
Booker can spread for the floor and make life easy for their bigs in Markieff Morris, Marcus Morris and P.J. Tucker. Booker has a high basketball IQ and plays above-average defense that goes under the radar due to his shooting ability. Also, Booker is the youngest player in this draft, not turning 19 years old until October, so you’re getting some nice upside as well.
The Suns don’t have many good options at the shooting guard position and could very well lose one of their better players in Gerald Green due to free agency. Assuming Green leaves, Phoenix must address this position, and nobody will come cheaper and with more potential than Booker.
The Suns are used to being an up-and-down team that shoots a lot from the outside, and they were until they decided to panic and blow things up during the trade deadline. However, not all is lost considering Phoenix still has its point guard in Eric Bledsoe and a solid frontcourt that includes a promising center in Alex Len.
The Suns need their floor spacer and a guy who can provide 20 points while getting stops at the other end.
Booker not only makes Phoenix a better basketball team, but he also brings back a little excitement to a franchise that fell apart towards the end of last season.