NBA Mock Draft picks Suns options for greatest need and best value
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NBA Mock Draft picks Suns options for greatest need and best value

Creating a framework for understanding the talent in the 2024 NBA Draft class, especially in a specific slot like the Phoenix Suns’ 22nd overall pick, starts with learning what talent is considered good value for that pick.

It’s about seeing things from a different perspective to get a realistic look at which player is the best fit for a team.

ESPN’s Jonathan Givony and Jeremy Woo each created a mock draft — laid next to each other — to better understand these two plays together. This is, after all, the balance of what the Suns front office will have to deal with.

Givony landed Marquette point guard Tyler Kolek as the player who would fill Phoenix’s biggest need, while Woo lined up Miami wing Kyshawn George as the most valuable player at 22.

Givony: The Suns didn’t have a legitimate point guard last season, a decision that seemed to backfire when they were swept in the first round of the playoffs. Kolek, 23, is more battle-tested than most draft prospects, bringing elite toughness, playfulness and feel for the game operating out of pick-and-rolls. Kolek, ranked No. 26 in ESPN’s Top 100, has shown he can also play off the ball, making 39 percent of his 3-point shots over the past two seasons, which is significant considering the high usage star power already on the roster. Kevin Durant, Devin Booker and Bradley Beal.

Kolek averaged 15.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.9 assists last season, his fourth in college after just one year at George Mason led to three with the Golden Eagles.

He shot 49.6 percent from the field and 85 percent from the foul line, a sign of a shot that will translate to the NBA level. He also added 1.6 steals per game.

For a 6-foot-1 guard, he shot a surprising 48 percent of his attempts to the rim, according to Hoop-Math.com. Only 22% were helped, a sign that he has a few more spontaneous jerks than he is given credit for. This would apparently bode well for any driving and kicking ability on a team like the Suns.

At his ceiling, he is the holder. On his floor, Kolek is a solid replacement, without any glaring holes. Because Kolek is considered one of the most competitive players in the class, one would have to guess that his trajectory is geared more toward the former than the latter.

George is at the other end of the perspective spectrum.

A late-blooming forward, the Swiss native measured 6-foot-7, 208 pounds with a wingspan of 6-foot-10.25 at the draft.

He started 16 of 31 games for Miami as a freshman and averaged 7.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.

George’s foul and turnover rates were a bit high, and he shot just 42.6 percent from the field while making more than half of his shots from beyond the arc, where he passed 40.8%.

Woo: George has many of the fundamentals you look for in a perimeter player – he’s a good passer and shooter with excellent size for a guard – but he’s going to have to successfully adapt to the speed and physicality of the NBA, which will. take a little time. There are safer bets on the board in the top 20, but after a certain point I like the idea of ​​what George can become.

It’s George’s switchability and length that should translate well if his decision-making and ball-playing skills improve.