Now that the college basketball season is over, the Phoenix Suns — whose season has been over for a few months now — can turn their attention to the NBA Draft figuring to have a top 4 pick.
And after watching Trey Burke throughout the NCAA Tournament and during the season when he was National Player of the Year, there is no doubt the Suns have to consider him with their first-round pick. Burke is a complete player. He can shoot, handle the ball and has great court vision. At 6-feet, 190 pounds, what Burke lacks is size.
Now I’m not saying the Suns should draft Burke, but they must consider it and do their due diligence on him. There are bigger point guards in this draft like Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State (6-4, 220) and Michael-Carter Williams of Syracuse (6-6, 185), but Burke has better skills. The problem with drafting a point guard is the Suns have a good one in Goran Dragic, and having Dragic and Burke on the same team is not ideal. Sure, they could play some together, but again it’s not ideal. The Suns have other bigger needs than point guard, so unless Burke absolutely blows them away, I lean to go get a small forward, shooting guard or possibly a center.
I still like Kansas freshman Ben McLemore if he is there — he has star potential as well. Georgetown’s Otto Porter, UNLV’s Anthony Bennett and Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel will all be in the mix as top five picks. Also while there are no sure things in this draft, Burke does have All-Star potential, and there aren’t many players in this draft you can say that about.
If McLemore and Noel are both gone, then Burke should at the very least be an option for the Suns.