NBA draft: Suns, not sure of needs, will pick best player

2012-06-28T00:00:00Z 2012-06-28T06:54:59Z NBA draft: Suns, not sure of needs, will pick best playerThe Associated Press The Associated Press
June 28, 2012 12:00 am  • 

PHOENIX - The Phoenix Suns have some big decisions to make over the next week or so, ones that will likely dictate the course of the franchise for years to come.

Point guard Steve Nash, forward Grant Hill and guard Michael Redd will become free agents Saturday. So will Sebastian Telfair, Shannon Brown and Ronnie Price. Center Robin Lopez is a restricted free agent.

Phoenix also needs to add perimeter scoring, a point guard for the future whether Nash returns or not and could use an infusion of youth.

But for whatever might happen, the Suns won't let it affect what they do in the NBA draft Thursday night.

While the current and future roster will certainly be in the back of their minds, Phoenix's front office has kept the focus on finding the best possible player with the 13th pick.

"Right now, we're overly focused on this draft because we want to hit it right," Suns general manager Lance Blanks said. "If that means duplication at a spot, so be it because at the end of the day, you want to have talented players and guys who can make it in this league and contribute to your roster."

With so many needs and so many uncertainties about their future roster, the Suns may just take the best-player-available route and figure out the rest later.

Should the Suns go for a perimeter scorer, Connecticut's Jeremy Lamb could be a good fit. Phoenix also could take Washington's Terrence Ross, Syracuse's Dion Walters or Florida's Bradley Beal if they're available.

Go with a point guard, there's North Carolina's Kendall Marshall.

There figures to be some solid big men available at No. 13, too. The Suns looked at Mississippi State's Arnett Moultrie so don't be too surprised if they go big.

Projected top 5 picks

Here's who the first five picks might be today at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

1. New Orleans: Anthony Davis, F, Kentucky.

2. Charlotte: Thomas Robinson, F, Kansas.

3. Washington: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, F, Kentucky.

4. Cleveland: Bradley Beal, G, Florida.

5. Sacramento: Harrison Barnes, G, North Carolina.

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