2012 NBA Mock Draft: Phoenix Suns Look To Upgrade Depth

The Phoenix Suns have only one pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, but it's a first rounder and they could land a quality talent.

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: SB Nation Arizona's Final 1st round Mock

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Bill Simmons NBA Mock Draft 2012: Phoenix Suns Pick Jeremy Lamb

The 2012 NBA Draft is upon us, and the Phoenix Suns are going to have a decision on who to pick with their first rounder. The Suns have the 13th pick overall in the draft.

Bill Simmons and Chad Ford of Grantland releases his latest mock draft, and Connecticut wing Jeremy Lamb is the pick here. Simmons discusses why Lamb would be the pick for Phoenix.

They wanted a perimeter scorer — suddenly, only Jeremy Lamb is on the board, someone described by my dad yesterday as "Jeremy Lamb … is that the Lamb who always disappeared in big moments for UConn, or is that the other Lamb?" Sounds perfect for the Suns — they're not going to have any big moments for years to come. I'm picking Jeremy Lamb.

Ford adds the following details on Lamb and why he would be beneficial for the Suns or any basketball team for that matter if he's able to fulfill his potential.

Lamb has limitless talent. Long, athletic and can really shoot it. He looks sleepy and he plays sleepy sometimes. But I just think he was miscast in the leading role at UConn; I liked him much better when he played off Kemba Walker as a freshman. As long as you draft him knowing that, he's a good pick. And remember, we said virtually all the same things about Joe Johnson when he came out.

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NBA Draft 2012: Time, TV Schedule, Results, Grades And More

The 2012 NBA Draft is here and the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ is ready for all the exciting action. Will you team make a big trade? Nab your favorite college player? You'll just have to watch and find out!

2012 NBA Draft TV Coverage (all times ET)

ESPN

Coverage of the draft starts at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN as well as on ESPN3. Round 1 will begin approximately at 7:30 p.m.

NBA TV

From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., NBA TV will air their Draft Preview show, couting down to the beginning of the 2012 NBA Draft. All day prior to of the draft though NBA TV will air replays of their two NBA Draft Specials:

2012 NBA Draft Preview: The Lottery (previews the top 14 prospects along with predictions) - starting at 6:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.

2012 NBA Draft Coming Attractions (highlights the top picks in this year's Draft along with predictions) - starting at 7:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.

First Round Draft Order:

1. New Orleans Hornets

2. Charlotte Bobcats

3. Washington Wizards

4. Cleveland Cavaliers

5. Sacramento Kings

6. Portland Trail Blazers

7. Golden State Warriors

8. Toronto Raptors

9. Detroit Pistons

10. New Orleans Hornets

11. Portland Trail Blazers

12. Milwaukee Bucks

13. Phoenix Suns

14. Houston Rockets

15. Philadelphia 76ers

16. Houston Rockets

17. Dallas Mavericks

18. Houston Rockets

19. Orlando Magic

20. Denver Nuggets

21. Boston Celtics

22. Boston Celtics

23. Atlanta Hawks

24. Cleveland Cavaliers

25. Memphis Grizzlies

26. Indiana Pacers

27. Miami Heat

28. Oklahoma City Thunder

29. Chicago Bulls

30. Golden State Warriors

Second Round Draft Order:

1. Charlotte Bobcats

2. Washington Wizards

3. Cleveland Cavaliers

4. Cleveland Cavaliers

5. Golden State Warriors

6. Sacramento Kings

7. Toronto Raptors

8. Denver Nuggets

9. Detroit Pistons

10. Portland Trail Blazers

11. Portland Trail Blazers

12. Milwaukee Bucks

13. Atlanta Hawks

14. Detroit Pistons

15. Philadelphia 76ers

16. New Orleans Hornets

17. Utah Jazz

18. New York Knicks

19. Orlando Magic

20. Denver Nuggets

21. Boston Celtics

22. Golden State Warriors

23. Los Angeles Clippers

24. Philadelphia 76ers

25. Dallas Mavericks

26. Toronto Raptors

27. Brooklyn Nets

28. Minnesota Timberwolves

29. San Antonio Spurs

30. Los Angeles Lakers

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2012 NBA Draft: Is Dion Waiters Going To The Phoenix Suns? (VIDEO)

Syracuse guard Dion Waiters is seen as one of the hotter commodities in the NBA Draft this year, with a number of teams taking a long hard look at drafting him. One of those teams he has been linked with is the Phoenix Suns, and in this interview with Draft Express, Waiters talked about why he decided to stop having workouts with other teams, and an apparent 'promise' from the Suns. Waiters made sure to keep his answers rather concise and close to the chest.

Below is the interview in it's entirety, though Waiters hasn't had much to say aside from 'I don't know,' though that answer can go a long way sometimes:

Dion Waiters 2012 NBA Draft Media Day (via DraftExpress)

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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Suns Select Jeremy Lamb No. 13 Overall

The Phoenix Suns only have one pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, so they'll need to make sure to make it count. Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick thinks he knows the right pick for the Suns, selecting shooting guard Jeremy Lamb out of Connecticut with the No. 13 overall selection in his latest NBA Mock Draft.

Here is Amick with the commentary:

Whether it's Lamb, Waiters, Rivers or Ross, the Suns have options in adding a much-needed explosive, dynamic shooting guard. Lamb is a smooth scorer with good size (6-5¼ with shoes, 6-11 wingspan) and athleticism (38-inch vertical jump), though he needs to add some bulk.

Phoenix will likely have some terrific options at shooting guard with the high amount of guard talent at the top of the draft class. Whether they land Lamb or not, they should get some solid value this year.

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NBA Mock Draft: Phoenix Suns Select Terrence Ross With 13th Pick

The Phoenix Suns are a franchise with plenty of uncertainty right now. The team would like to keep veteran point guard Steve Nash around, but his future remains in doubt as he looks to win that elusive world championship as his career winds down.

Other than Marcin Gortat there really aren't any post players on the roster who have a spot locked down, and the club doesn't appear too interested in the forwards expected to be available in the middle of the first round.

As the Suns keep their fingers crossed with Nash, it appears they're destined to add an off-guard or wing with the No. 13 pick of the 2012 NBA Draft. The latest mock draft from Draft Express has Phoenix adding Washington Huskies guard/wing Terrence Ross in the first round.

The Suns are in a serious transition phase, with many key roster pieces entering free agency, making it difficult to pinpoint just one area of need. Regardless of whether Steve Nash and Aaron Brooks return, their wing rotation could use a serious upgrade, which could make an athletic sharp-shooting prospect like Ross attractive here. Ross refused the Suns' overtures to visit and work out throughout the pre-draft process, but much like with Waiters in Golden State, it doesn't appear that that will prevent Phoenix from picking him here.

Ross has plenty of potential on the offensive end of the court, but his defense and lack of size may prevent him from becoming anything more than a shooter at the next level. At the end of the day though, he is one of the more promising prospects on the wing and the Suns could definitely use an upgrade at the position.

The 2012 NBA Draft is scheduled for June 28.

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Suns Select Jeremy Lamb

The Phoenix Suns are looking to upgrade their backcourt in some way, shape, or form. With Marcin Gortat leading a young, developing frontcourt, the backcourt is the next part of the rebuilding process and at no. 13 in the draft, they should be able to add a solid guard.

In Chad Ford of ESPN's latest mock draft, he has the Suns selecting UConn shooting guard Jeremy Lamb with the no. 13 pick.

Here is what Ford had to say about Lamb:

Lamb suffered a high ankle sprain in a workout in Toronto and has struggled to get well enough to resume workouts. Although GMs think he's talented, they have questioned his toughness. His inability to work out has hurt him a bit, too.

However, Lamb went into Phoenix this weekend and toughed out a workout on the bad ankle. A source in Phoenix told me the Suns were impressed with his toughness and willingness to fight through the workout. His performance there could keep him in the lottery. If Lamb is gone, Terrence Ross, Dion Waiters and Austin Rivers are all possibilities here. So is Arnett Moultrie.

What happens in the 12 picks prior to the Suns' selection will go a long way in determining where the Suns go with their picks. But in one of the deeper drafts in quite some time, they should have plenty of options when they are officially on the clock.

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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Phoenix Suns Take Terrence Ross In SB Nation Blogger Mock

So you've seen a multitude of mock drafts leading up to the 2012 NBA Draft later this week. Now check out this latest mock which has the SB Nation NBA bloggers making the picks for their team.

The Phoenix Suns are in a tough spot for a clearcut pick. At the 13th spot, there are no real favorites and plenty of mid-range possibilities halfway through the draft. Seth Pollack of Bright Side of the Sun makes the pick for the Phoenix Suns. Although Pollack identifies how much Phoenix needs a point guard, and it's Terrence Ross of the Washington Huskies that they go with.

The Phoenix Suns need a point guard regardless of where Steve Nash lays down on the sidelines while not in the game next season. They got burned by passing on Jrue Holliday, Darren Collison and Ty Lawson in favor of Earl Clark (and we won't mention the sold draft pick formerly known as Rajon Rondo) and they will likely get burned by passing on Kendall Mashall. But Terrrence Ross is too versatile to ignore. Defense. Shooting. Scoring. Upside. Everything Josh Childress is not. Point guard can wait until next year when the Suns have a higher pick.

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Kendall Marshall To Phoenix Suns

The North Carolina Tar Heels have a host of players from last year's team that could be first round draft picks. Harison Barnes, Tyler Zeller, John Henson could all be top ten picks!

The player the Phoenix Suns could really use though? Point guard Kendall Marshall. DraftExpress released his latest mock and has the Suns taking Marshall with the 13th overall pick. Jonathan Givony explains why Marshall makes sense here.

The Suns are in a serious transition phase with many key roster pieces entering free agency, making it difficult to pinpoint just one area of need. With Steve Nash possibly leaving, their backcourt could use a serious upgrade, which could make a pure point guard like Kendall Marshall very attractive.

You have to figure this pick is only happening if the Suns feel pretty certain they're not going to be able to keep Nash or that his final contract with the team is short and he'll be ready to tutor Marshall through his final seasons in the league.

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Suns Draft Rumors: Kendall Marshall A Suitable Replacement For Steve Nash?

Kendall Marshall visited the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, meaning he is the only draft prospect on record to have visited the Suns multiple times this offseason. There is no question the Suns are targeting a perimeter player in this year's draft, especially with the potential loss of Steve Nash.

Marshall is one of the top point guard prospects in the draft. His athleticism and scoring ability is limited, but his ability to run the offense in the half-court and in transition are impressive. Additionally, he has arguably the best passing vision and ability out of this year's crop of prospects.

Suns Director of Player Personnel John Treolar said this about Marshall in a recent article on the Arizona Republic:

There are going to be questions until he goes out there and shows what he can do in the NBA. ...Personally, I think he'll improve in the NBA. He makes players better.

Damian Lillard from Weber State is another prospect the Suns could be targeting, but he might be gone by the time the Suns pick at No. 13.

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Suns Draft Rumors: Austin Rivers Works Out With Hornets, Raptors, Blazers, Wizards, Cavaliers, Not Phoenix

There have been a lot of mock drafts that pair up the Phoenix Suns with Austin Rivers. It makes sense that the team would try and find a talented shooting guard that can keep the team's offense going in the right direction

Chad Ford of ESPN has some interesting tidbits though that suggest that Rivers might be off the board by the time Phoenix wants to take him.

New Orleans has the tenth pick, Toronto has the eighth pick, Portland the sixth pick, Washington the third pick, Cleveland the fourth pick. That is not a good range for Phoenix, who are at the 13th spot and would likely have a lot of trouble grabbing Rivers if one of these teams was ready to make the plunge.

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Dion Waiters To Phoenix Suns

The Phoenix Suns are looking for a good shooting guard. Jared Dudley is solid at spurts, but he generally has to play a lot of small forward. Michael Redd and Shannon Brown can't really handle that load anymore. Phoenix needs a shooting guard that is able to take the load off whomever their point guard, whether it's Steve Nash or someone new.

CBS Sports released their latest mock draft, and Matt Moore has Syracuse's Dion Waiters going to the Suns. Waiters could be the type of two-guard that really helps out Phoenix's offense and makes them stronger along the perimeter to alleviate the pressure that comes inside on the offensive players.

It would not shock to see Waiters go as high as six. But in this scenario, the blistering buzz he's receving post-combine fades and he winds up with the team that reportedly provided a lottery promise to him. It's a good fit, athleticism and scoring punch always work well in Phoenix's system.

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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Dion Waiters Selected By Phoenix Suns

With the 2012 NBA Mock draft so close I can almost taste it, the Phoenix Suns are salivating at the prospects they have to look over this season. Still, they have to try and fit their bill, and according to SB Nation's Tom Ziller and his latest NBA Mock draft, the Suns will be picking up Dion Waiters out of the

Here is Ziller with the commentary:

I'm still as astounded as you are that Dion Waiters got a lottery promise on the first day of the combine. But here we are.

Indeed we are. Many see Waiters as an overrated player, not worthy of his lottery round bidding. Still, there has to be some serious upside to him if he keeps showing up on all these mock drafts, right? Let's hope for the Suns he does.

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Phoenix Suns Select Washington's Terrence Ross

ESPN's Chad Ford released his Mock Draft 8.0 on Tuesday and has the Phoenix Suns selecting University of Washington shooting guard Terrence Ross with the no. 13 overall pick.

Here's what Ford had to say about Ross and the Suns:

He's big, he's super athletic and he can really shoot the basketball. The Suns desperately need help in their backcourt, and Ross could be a very solid addition.

There's a good chance Ross won't have Steve Nash in the desert to pass to him but he could be a welcomed addition to the rebuilding project in Phoenix. He has a little bit of Joe Johnson to his game aside from the proven ability to create for others.

Ross could come in with a chip on his shoulder due to him trying to prove that he should have been chosen ahead of fellow two-guards in UConn's Jeremy Lamb, Duke's Austin Rivers and Syracuse's Dion Waiters, which would be a good thing for a Suns team looking for some edge.

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Phoenix Suns Pick Austin Rivers

Austin Rivers and the Phoenix Suns have certainly been rumored a lot as a future pair in the 2012 NBA Draft. Rivers seems a natural fit for a Phoenix team that loves to move the ball offensively. Rivers would be able to flow within the offense and utilize his solid shooting guard mentality to create either off-the-dribble or off-the-ball.

The latest mock from DraftExpress seems to confirm that Rivers and the Suns is a good fit from the standards of the outsiders, as Rivers goes to Phoenix with the 13th pick. Since Phoenix has only one pick, it's best to spend it on someone they know will pan out as an NBA player. It's a safe bet that Rivers will be around in the years to come.

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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Phoenix Suns May Take Jeremy Lamb According To Latest Prediction

The NBA mock draft results continue to pour in as the date for the 2012 NBA Draft draws closer. The latest to put out their predictions is Sheridan Hoops, who have the Phoenix Suns taking Connecticut shooting guard Jeremy Lamb with the 13th overall selection in the draft.

Staff writer Joe Kotoch notes the potential need for perimeter players in the desert, especially if the post-Nash era begins next season.

"Lamb is a long, athletic, scoring guard that can fill it up on offense. The Suns who might be starting the post-Nash era next season would be wise to find help on the perimeter. Lamb would also provide the Suns with an aggressive wing defender."

It is worth noting however there is not a whole lot on Lamb's performance during pre-draft workouts, as he suffered an ankle injury last week while playing in front of Toronto Raptors scouts and had to cancel a workout with the Portland Trail Blazers.

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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Phoenix Suns Select Austin Rivers In First Round

There are quite a few ways the Phoenix Suns could address their roster with the 13th overall pick at the 2012 NBA Draft, but most feel the team will go with a two-guard to help solidify their backcourt for years to come. There is a ton of uncertainty surrounding starting point guard Steve Nash, and a lack of a proven scorer at the other guard spot really hurt the team when they needed to score points in a hurry last season.

Fortunately for the Suns and their front office, there appears to be plenty of options at the off-guard position. This latest mock draft from Yahoo! Sports and Draft Express has Phoenix selecting Duke guard Austin Rivers in the first round.

Austin Rivers: SG, 19, 6-4, 203, Duke, Fresh.

The Suns are in a serious transition phase, with many key roster pieces entering free agency, making it difficult to pinpoint just one area of need. Regardless of whether Steve Nash and Aaron Brooks return, their backcourt and wing rotation could use a serious upgrade, which could make a prolific shot-creating guard like Austin Rivers very attractive.

The biggest issue with Rivers is that he doesn't really have a position, and he's also a bit of a tweener. Rivers often struggled while running the point in college, and his size does not project well for the two-spot in the NBA. There is no denying his talent, but the coaching staff will really have to carve out a niche for Rivers if he hopes to be successful at the next level.

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Suns Select Jeremy Lamb According to SI's Sam Amick

The Phoenix Suns have a number of different paths they can take in the 2012 NBA Draft, but according to Sports Illustrated's NBA guru Sam Amick, the Suns will be taking shooting guard Jeremy Lamb out of the University of Connecticut.

Here is Amick's take on Lamb and how he fits into the Suns overall scheme.

PICK TEAM POSITION PLAYER CLASS HEIGHT WEIGHT
13 SG
Jeremy Lamb
Connecticut
So. 6-5 179
While Waiters could be gone before the Suns have a chance to grab him, there is no shortage of talented two-guards from which to choose. Lamb is a smooth and athletic scorer (38-inch vertical) whose 6-11 wingspan gives him serious upside on the defensive end, too. He's jockeying for position here with Ross, whom I had going to Phoenix in Mock 1.0.

He certainly is a proven talent, and plays much more like a lion than a lamb. Nevertheless, Phoenix would be making a good call if they took Lamb as their first round selection.

You can check out Amick's entire mock draft right here.

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Phoenix Suns Select Syracuse Guard Dion Waiters

The Phoenix Suns have quite a few areas on their roster to address in the coming months, but it appears the team will go with a guard at the 2012 NBA Draft. While some mock drafts have Duke guard Austin Rivers heading to Phoenix with the 13th overall pick, this latest mock draft from Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports has Syracuse's Dion Waiters being taken by the Suns.

Dion Waiters, SG, Syracuse: Agent Rob Pelinka pulled Waiters from the Chicago combine -- which means his client likely has a promise from someone in the lottery. The word is it may be the Suns, who could use a tough, scoring guard like Waiters.

Waiters is a bit undersized at 6'4 and 215lbs and does not really have a true position on the court, but he has a lot of potential and can score in a variety of ways. He is also a winner, playing two very successful seasons with Syracuse in college.

One drawback of Waiters' game is that he is not a point guard, which could be a concern for the Suns should Steve Nash leave. At the same time though, Phoenix could potentially have a dynamic backcourt if Nash returns and they add a player as talented as Waiters is.

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2012 NBA Draft Rumors: Chad Ford Believes Phoenix Suns And Austin Rivers Match

The Phoenix Suns are in an interesting spot as they have the 13th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. What should they try doing to improve the squad? Do they get more interior depth, more outside shooting, groom a potential guard as the successor to Steve Nash regardless of whether he leaves or stays?

Chad Ford believes Duke guard Austin Rivers has sown up a lottery pick and believes one team stands out above the rest as a potential destination for him this summer. Ford talks about that team in his latest Insider article and singled out the Phoenix Suns.

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NBA Mock Draft: Phoenix Suns Select Jeremy Lamb In First Round

The Phoenix Suns will have the No. 13 pick at the 2012 NBA Draft. They have been linked to various players the last few weeks and will begin individual workouts shortly, but until then we can get a pretty good idea of who the Suns may take in the first round.

Chad Ford of ESPN recently released this mock draft and has Phoenix going with talented UConn guard Jeremy Lamb.

Analysis: I think the Suns would be thrilled if Lamb lasted this long on the board. He could go as high as No. 4 overall and I think this would be his floor. There's star potential there for Lamb if he ever revs up his motor.

Lamb is just 19 years old and has all the talent and potential a team can hope for, but as Ford mentions he is yet to put everything together in his career. He would immediately provide the Suns with a scorer out of the backcourt, although it would take some work to turn Lamb into the star he is capable of becoming one day.

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2012 NBA Draft: Phoenix Suns Looking At Wing Players

The Phoenix Suns have some places they could upgrade their basketball team this upcoming season. Last year they had four perimeter players in Michael Redd, Shannon Brown, Jared Dudley and Grant Hill. They had their moments, but none of them really could be considered strong talents to really improve their squad overall. So it's quite possible that they might need to get someone better to really become a more complete basketball team.

One possibility is going to the draft and trying to find talented wing players to ensure the squad improves overall. Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic has more.

Only Dudley will not be a free agent in July. Because of that and the need for a dynamic scorer, General Manager Lance Blanks said the Suns are "aggressively looking" at wing players as the NBA pre-draft camp begins today in Chicago.

The Suns could look anywhere on the perimeter with the 13th overall pick in the June 28 draft, particularly due to the uncertain future of free-agent point guard Steve Nash.

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To bolster their perimeter, the point guards worth considering at No. 13 this year might be limited to Weber State's Damian Lillard and North Carolina's Kendall Marshall. But the wing possibilities in the middle of the draft are deeper. The swingmen who could be available at No. 13 include Washington's Terrence Ross, Duke's Austin Rivers, Syracuse's Dion Waiters, Kentucky's Terrence Jones and Vanderbilt's Jeffery Taylor.


Getting a talented scoring threat through the draft might be hard given the spot the Suns are drafting at midway through the round. But it's quite possible.

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Phoenix Suns Select Dion Waiters

Several NBA mock drafts have the Phoenix Suns selecting Austin Rivers with the No. 13 overall pick, while a few have Syracuse's Dion Waiters going to the Suns. Hoopsworld.com's latest mock draft has the Suns taking Waiters at No. 13. The potential departure of Steve Nash along with the aging bodies of Michael Redd and Sebastian Telfair make drafting a guard a priority for the Suns in June's draft.

Waiters is considered to be one of the top shooting guards in this year's pool of players along with Rivers, Terrence Ross, Bradley Beal and Jeremy Lamb.

Waiters averaged 12.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game in his sophomore year at Syracuse. The first man off the bench for the Orange, Waiters was crucial to the team's success and their eventual run in the NCAA Tournament. Fans can follow Waiters' weekly draft diary at Dime Magazine for an inside look at the draft process.

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Phoenix Suns Take Austin Rivers

The Phoenix Suns could use more guards on their team regardless of whether Steve Nash stays or goes. Michael Redd and Sebastian Telfair are on the older side, and Shannon Brown is a bit inconsistent. The Suns could afford some athleticism and scoring to really improve the offense and spacing and help Phoenix grow younger.

DraftExpress has this latest mock that has the Suns taking Austin Rivers out of Duke with the pick. Rivers wouldn't be a true point, but he definitely is a guard, and could work very well as a backup point or combo option that could give Phoenix more scoring.

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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Terrence Ross Selected By Phoenix Suns

The Phoenix Suns are a franchise not only trying to return to the postseason, but also entice point guard Steve Nash to spend the rest of his career in Arizona. Despite a solid run at the end of the season, the Suns still have some holes to fill on the roster and they should be able to address at least one of them at the 2012 NBA Draft.

Phoenix has the 13th pick this season and has already been linked to numerous players. This latest mock draft from Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated has the Suns selecting Washington guard Terrence Ross, who is 6'6 and 195lbs.

There are rumblings that Ross is moving up the shooting guard ranks, and he could eventually be dynamic enough to qualify as the Suns' star for the post-Steve Nash era (whether that starts this summer or not). Ross, who averaged 16.4 points and shot 45.7 percent from the field and 37.1 percent from three-point range last season, is very athletic and more than capable of becoming a good NBA defender.

Ross was a dynamic scorer for UW the last two seasons and really turned his game on in conference play against the tougher competition. He did have a bit of a reputation for having a streaky shot in college, but most players typically iron those things out in the NBA.

There is a chance Ross moves up higher than this on draft night, but the Suns will definitely have to take a look at him should he still be available at No. 13.

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Suns Select Austin Rivers With First Round Pick

The Phoenix Suns just barely snuck in the bare end of the lottery, retaining their No. 13 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. Now they will use it on one of the top collegiate talents entering the league, and according to SB Nation's Tom Ziller and his latest mock draft, that will be Duke's Austin Rivers this year.

Here is Ziller with the commentary:

13. PHOENIX SUNS: AUSTIN RIVERS

As if the end of the Steve Nash era won't be jarring enough, a volume scorer from Duke added to the mix will provide a nice splash of cold water. "In case you'd forgotten over the past decade of success, this is what it's like to suck, Phoenix."

Rivers would seemingly fit into any system as the prolific scorer that he is, but fans in the desert would love to have a young energetic scoring machine to go with last year's rough-and-tough selection of Markieff Morris, making the veteran Suns of old younger and younger.

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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Phoenix Suns Pick Austin Rivers

The Phoenix Suns stayed on the fringe of the 2012 NBA Draft lottery, and stuck right at the pick where everyone expected them to be. The Suns landed the 13th overall pick and they'll have to use it wisely if they expect to get their team back on the winning path.

Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress releases his latest mock draft, and it has the Suns taking Austin Rivers from Duke. RIvers would definitely provide Phoenix with a dynamic backcourt weapon who can create his own shot and occasionally handle the offense, and could be a nice complement (or replacement) to Steve Nash. Rivers could be a gem midway in the first round.

The Suns are in a serious transition phase, with many key roster pieces entering free agency, making it difficult to pinpoint just one area of need. Regardless of whether Steve Nash and Aaron Brooks return, their backcourt and wing rotation could use a serious upgrade, which could make a prolific scoring shot-creating guard like Austin Rivers very attractive here.

Talk about how well Rivers would fit in with the Suns by heading on over to Bright Side of the Sun. Discuss how good Rivers is with Duke basketball fans at Duke Basketball Report.

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Austin Rivers A Good Fit In Phoenix?

Chad Ford's latest NBA mock draft has the Phoenix Suns taking Austin Rivers with the No. 13 overall pick. Steve Nash's future in Phoenix is uncertain, and even if the two-time NBA decided to re-sign this summer, the Suns will have to find a replacement for the aging point guard. Austin Rivers is not a pure point guard, but he is easily one of the most talented point guards in the draft and could be available at No. 13 if the Suns stay at that draft position.

Here is a snippet of Ford's analysis on Rivers' game:

The Good: He's a big time scorer who thrives with the ball in his hands. Has a sick crossover that allows him to get seperation on his jump shot. Gets to the line a lot.

The Bad: He's not an elite athlete and is a bit undersized as a two guard. He struggles when he doesn't have the ball in his hands. He can be a streaky shooter from long distance and is just a so-so free throw shooter. (Via: ESPN)

Along with Ford, SB Nation's Tom Ziller also has the Suns taking Rivers at No. 13. If the Suns want a pass-first point guard, Kendall Marshall is the No. 1 the alternative to the score-first mentality of Rivers. North Carolina's Marshall arguably contains the best passing vision among this year's draft class of guards.

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Suns Draft Rumors: Upgrading The Perimeter Should Be Top Priority

As scary as the proposition is, the post-Steve Nash era is likely to begin soon for the Phoenix Suns via the NBA Draft. ESPN's David Thorpe gave a glimpse into some of the needs of the Suns and which players might fit their future plans.

Now, of course, there is the issue of what style of play a non-Nash Suns team would play. Determining which direction they want to go in that regard will go a long way in deciding which player to choose with the no. 13 overall pick.

First and foremost, their fpick needs to be a guard of some kind. The center position is locked down with Marcin Gortat and Robin Lopez, and Markieff Morris showed enough promise at the four-spot that the Suns can look to the perimeter for improvement.

They could grab a Nash replacement in Weber State's Damian Lillard or UNC's Kendall Marshall. Washington's Terrence Ross makes sense as a shooter who can play up and down if the Suns decide to keep that identity. Then there is Duke's Austin Rivers, who is a better ball-handler than his fellow combo guards and would at least be able to create his own shot sans Nash.

A lot of decisions to be made as the Suns prepare for the draft. What they do will have a huge impact on who they are as a team moving forward.

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NBA 2012 Mock Draft: Phoenix Suns Pick Perry Jones

The latest 2012 NBA Mock Draft on HOOPSWORLD.com has the Phoenix Suns selecting Baylor's Perry Jones at No. 13 overall in the first round.

Perry Jones is a sensible pick for the Suns. The small forward/power forward prospect will add immediate depth behind Jared Dudley, Channing Frye and Grant Hill. Jones is leaving Baylor after his sophomore season, the 6'11" prospect averaged 14 points and 7.7 rebounds per game for the Bears last season. Jones was an essential piece to a team that advanced to the Elite Eight in March before falling to the eventual-champion Kentucky Wildcats.

There is a possibility Jones will not be available when the Suns pick at No. 13. Some mock drafts have Jones going as low as No. 8. DraftExpress ranks Jones as the No. 3 best sophomore behind projected lottery picks Jared Sullinger and Harrison Barnes.

Jones impressed ESPN's Chad Ford at a workout in Santa Barbara on Thursday:

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Phoenix Suns Pick Damian Lillard

The Phoenix Suns might need a point guard in the 2012 NBA Draft. If Steve Nash stays or goes, he is getting up there in age, and the Suns could use an heir apparent or a replacement at the position depending on the situation.

DraftExpress releases his latest mock, and it has the Suns taking Damian Lillard of Weber State with their only pick in the draft. Lillard is considered the best point guard prospect available on the board (or right there with Kendall Marshall of North Carolina), and he could very well be the player that the Suns look to lead them in the future. Whether as a backup to Nash or the new starter, he figures to fit in perfectly in Phoenix.

Talk about the possibility of the Suns drafting Lillard at Bright Side of the Sun.

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NBA 2012 Mock Draft: Suns Projected To Take Duke's Austin Rivers At No. 13

Duke's Austin Rivers is projected to go the Suns with the No. 13 pick in the latest SB Nation NBA mock draft.

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Phoenix Suns Should Look At Austin Rivers, Kendall Marshall, Jeremy Lamb

The Phoenix Suns are likely getting ready to move on beyond the Steve Nash era. Nash is a free agent this summer and nearing the end of his career, so it's unlikely Phoenix will be relying on Nash going forward.

Phoenix should look to find some replacements for Nash in the draft. Finding a pure point in this draft isn't likely to happen, but there are definitely some quality guards available. Who's worth taking?

HoopsWorld releases their 2012 NBA Mock Draft, and it has the Suns looking at three different players with their first round pick. Two writers have the Suns needing Austin Rivers of the Duke Blue Devils, and the other two are looking at Kendall Marshall of the North Carolina Tar Heels and Jeremy Lamb of the Connecticut Huskies.

Rivers isn't a franchise guard, but it does provide Phoenix with a valuable addition to their backcourt who could very well be starting down the line. Marshall would probably be the best point guard available at that point in the draft. While Lamb is more of a shooter, he would give Phoenix an offensive weapon on that side fo the court.

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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Phoenix Suns Select Dion Waiters

With the season now over for the Suns they are set to draft No. 13 Overall, that is, until the May 30th Draft Lottery shifts them up or down the board. As the team looks on at the 16 teams that made the playoffs they are assessing what they need to do make it back there next year.

In my most recent Mock Draft on NBADraftInsider.com (NDI) the Suns select Syracuse guard Dion Waiters. He adds an attacking scorer to potentially compliment Steve Nash. Waiters was one of the best thieves in college basketball last year and the best Sixth Man in the Nation.

His transition to playing on the bench or as a starter will be easier than most as he has been doing that for the past two seasons on one of the best teams in the Nation. Is perimeter play the best target for the Phoenix Suns?

A lot is still to change with the Chicago Combine along with individual team workouts. Over the next month and a half as the information starts coming together tune into SB Nation to get in-depth looks at each of the prospects the team may be targeting.

To learn more about Waiters with the Syracuse Orange fans, hit up Nunes Magician. To talk Waiters with Suns fans, check out Bright Side Of The Sun.

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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Phoenix Suns Select Terrence Ross

The Phoenix Suns have one pick this year in the 2012 NBA Draft, but it is in the first round, and it's currently situated somewhere midway through the round. The Suns do have it in a good spot though, and they should be able to get a quality player who has a good chance of panning out.

DraftExpress releases his latest mock draft, and he has the Suns take Washington Huskies swingman Terrence Ross. Ross is a solid shooter from the outside, has good size to be an effective perimeter defender, and could very well fit into a system that is conducive to shooting a lot of outside jumpers. Would Phoenix be looking for someone who can stretch the floor and provide more looks for their point guard Steve Nash?

To learn more about Ross with Washington Husky fans, hit up UW Dawg Pound. To talk about Ross with Suns fans, check out Bright Side Of The Sun.

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Phoenix Suns Pick Kendall Marshall

The Phoenix Suns have only one pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. One mock has Kendall Marshall of the North Carolina Tar Heels getting picked.

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