Planning Out The 2024 Draft For The Phoenix Suns

June 17th, 2024

by Alan Lu

When the Phoenix Suns made a move to acquire Bradley Beal as their third star to pair around Kevin Durant and Devin Booker, some people were really excited while others wondered if they would stay healthy and function well as a unit. They even went out of their way to hire former championship coach Frank Vogel to lead them at the helm, and they also made some other moves, like adding Bol Bol, Yuta Watanabe, Eric Gordon, and Jordan Goodwin to join their team. They also traded to get Jusuf Nurkic and Grayson Allen to bolster their depth.

The Phoenix Suns have a talented team, but their stars have dealt with injuries that at times prevented them from being able to gel as quickly together, and they had an up and down season overall that culminated in a first round loss to the Timberwolves, and in Frank Vogel’s dismissal.
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It turns out that they played just well enough to make the playoffs, but the Suns got swept by the Minnesota Timberwolves despite having a healthy roster, and it prompted outrage from the Suns’ community, which led to the quick ouster of their then head coach, Frank Vogel. The Suns didn’t really have versatile defenders, and that combined with their lack of depth made it tough for them to win games in the postseason. In the meantime, the Suns managed to replace Vogel with Mike Budenholzer, which gives the Suns’ fan base some hope for next season.

For the time being, the Suns will look to win now, so they’ll need more defense, a pure facilitator, another skilled big man to help man the paint, along with some 3 and D wings to help bolster their team.

Anyways, here is what I came up with for the Suns in the ESPN’s 2024 NBA Mock Draft Simulator.

Test Simulation #1:

A mock draft board for the Phoenix Suns. Image courtesy of Fanspo.
A mock draft board for the Phoenix Suns. Image courtesy of ESPN Analytics.

Test Simulation #2:

A mock draft board for the Phoenix Suns. Second test simulation. Image courtesy of ESPN Analytics.
A mock draft board for the Phoenix Suns. Second test simulation. Image courtesy of ESPN Analytics.

Test Simulation #3:

A mock draft board for the Phoenix Suns. Third test simulation. Image courtesy of ESPN Analytics.

The Suns could use a mobile, skilled big man that can stretch the floor and provide rim protection, and Kel’el Ware would be a very good pick at that spot. Kyle Filipowski would be a versatile offensive player that can provide ball movement and energy, and Tristan da Silva would be a solid fill-in-the-blanks type of guy that could provide some shooting and defense, and could be a cheap alternative in case if the bidding for Royce O’Neale gets too high. The 2024 NBA Draft will be held on June 26 and 27. Thanks for reading.

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