The Phoenix Suns have no choice in the 2022 NBA draft. However, there are several reasons to believe that they can get at least one player from this class, and possibly more.
First, rampant speculation continues around signing and trading for restricted free agent DeAndre Ayton, as well as theoretical coincidences such as the Atlanta Hawks (Nos. 16 and 44), Indiana Pacers (Nos. 6 and 31), ” The Portland Trail Blazers (Nos. 7 and 36), the San Antonio Spurs (Nos. 9, 20, 25 and 38) and the Toronto Raptors (No. 33) have draft picks that could be part of Ayton’s package.
This deal, of course, should have taken place after the draft. Ayton cannot agree to sign another team until free agency is in place. Uh, at least to abide by the rules of the league. Fake?! Who said that? I didn’t even bring it up! However, a young player on a cheap deal would be interesting to Phoenix, given the restrictions placed on a tax-paying team. It just depends on getting the right young player.
Secondly, Arizona Sports This was announced by John Gambadoro. Burns and Gumbo For several weeks now, the Suns have been interested in buying a second-round pick. Gambadoro said to watch out for teams with more picks than they know what to do, like Oklahoma City (Nos. 2, 12, 34, and 14 million others they have this decade), Minnesota (No. 19, 40, 48 and 50) and Orlando (Nos. 1, 32 and 35).
Gambadoro’s report includes the possibility that the Suns included the player in a deal to move up the draft from there, and as we’ve said, the Suns have their fair share of moving contracts.
The goal of this four-part series is to sift through this draft class and find the mix of player types GM James Jones typically targets.
After the lottery is over, there are three guys in the middle of the first round who are ticking a few Suns.
Tari Eason, F/C, LSU, 21
Measurable – 6’8″, 7’2″ wingspan, 217 pounds
Statistics – 16.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 2.2 assists, 1.9 steals, 1.1 blocks, 52.1% from the field, 35.9% from three-pointers, 80.3% from the game
Eason rivals Baylor’s previously disguised Jeremy Sochan when it comes to level of activity and defensive versatility.
He has earned the label of defensive playmaker, which means he will consistently take the ball into his hands whether he is defending the ball carrier or not.
Perhaps my biggest conviction was that Tari Eason translates this class as a stealing machine. Not only did he have the highest steal percentage, but Tari also made extremely difficult swipes boring. Only Tari with his length + agility was able to remove the first clip here without a foul: pic.twitter.com/kgGMHEYl7Y
— Matt Powers (@DraftPow) June 8, 2022
On offense, the athleticism that allows him to shine on the other side of the field thrives during the transition period. He moved from a small program in Cincinnati to come to LSU with far more thrills than expected, which quickly brought him into the spotlight in the first round.
Eason was an extremely prolific scorer, coming off the bench in less than 25 minutes per game, creating constant opportunities for inconsistency as a 5 smallball who could beat any opposing defender with his dribbling. The physical nature of his game in general allows him to not worry about taking multiple shots to get to the basket.
All this from time to time merged together for some monstrous drives.
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One of Tari Eason’s greatest strengths is contact finishing, a skill that is the result of his above-average athleticism for his position. Could be a match nightmare if his handle improves. pic.twitter.com/7m97dU59Uz
— Nick Kalinovsky (@kalidrafts) June 10, 2022
Eason is also impeccable in rebounding, averaging over two points per game on offense. Unsurprisingly, all this led to an excellent 5.7 free throw attempts per game, where he constantly knocked them down.
However, ballmanship has more to do with his own game, as Eason had 33 passes in 33 games. And he has yet to polish his decision-making process, and this recklessness with the ball is reflected in how often he gets into sticky situations defensively.
This means that he must shoot. And I’m not sure? Eason’s form is similar to Jaren Jackson Jr’s, which isn’t great, but his percentage (35.9%) for a guy who wasn’t afraid to lift them in pull-up situations is okay. And the free throw line (80.3%) was positive.
I love seeing Tari Eason play P&P, especially if he shoots with such confidence. He’s not particularly open and there’s plenty of time on the shot clock, just confidence pic.twitter.com/3AL53Y7yNu
— Francesco Semprucci (@fra_sempru) March 3, 2022
Eason has some development left before he can be immediately introduced as an NBA rotation player and at his age, so I place him more in that group than in a top 10 discussion that holds the same promise as Sochan.
But with that said, there is a lot of Like.
Eason’s defensive activity yielded 4.5% interceptions and 6.2% blocks. Substituting these numbers plus a threshold of 20 games played, Sports-Reference database since 2010 only Philadelphia 76ers tab Matisse Tibull as an NBA first-round prospect to achieve this in college. There are only 17 players in total.
Such a protective presence within and a wing for the suns with some cutting bonuses should intrigue the Phoenix.
E. J. Liddell, f., Ohio, 21
Measurable – 6 ft 7 in, 7 ft wingspan, 243 lbs
Statistics – 19.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.4 assists, 0.6 steals, 2.6 blocks, 49.0% from the field, 37.4% from three-pointers, 76.5% from the game
Liddell is an interesting prospect to discuss right after Eason because it’s a similar offensive package with a more mature product.
Liddell is a certified mid-range maestro in his post-game, making just over half of his shots from two-point shots (51.0%) and converting a stellar 47.9% of them. Insane 81.2% of them were left without outside help. This is some true individual value in offense.
Lacks the shot that Eason has, but Liddell is comfortable using his bulky frame to fight through contact with his point and shoots casually in perfect competition. He plays very well at his own pace.
Liddell made almost seven attempts on the foul line overnight, and after spending two seasons as the Buckeyes’ top scorer, he became better at finding passing angles when additional defensive attention was sneaking in his direction.
His 3-point shooting is on the line and that’s cause for concern due to the increased range the NBA requires, but given how he went from a no-shooter in his freshman year to 37.4% on 3.8 attempts per game in his junior class. there is reason to believe that he will understand.
Liddell’s biggest battle will be to prevent defensive dribbling from penetrating so he can maintain his exceptional ability to block shots on the floor.
He’s one of those guys who instinctively sniff out opportunities for help and then rise up to vaporize the existence of basketball from there.
Minnesota Timberwolves draft goal:
E. J. Liddell, F, 6’7″, 240′, wing span 7’0
– help protective instincts
– rim protection
– point shooting
– ball movement
– lateral mobility
– vertical explosion
Liddell is one of my favorites for Minnesota at 19th overall. pic.twitter.com/10xQwguc1K
— Timberwolves Clips (@WolvesClips) May 14, 2022
The lack of explosive energy in his ball play on both sides is essentially where the big question lies, because if he can create a lead over NBA perimeter defensemen, he has no problem scoring at least 15 points per night. And then he is also a positive defender.
Liddell’s combination of offensive prowess and high-motor defensive play is what the second Suns team lacks at the moment.
Jalen Williams, G/F, Santa Clara, 21
Measurable – 6’6″, 7’2″ wingspan, 209 pounds
Statistics – 18.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 2.1 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.5 blocks, 51.3% from the field, 39.6% from three-pointers, 80.9% game by game
There is at least one prospect a year that makes most of the league think less than three months before the draft. This double take results in said prospect shooting at draft boards, while several teams that he was already at such a high level on, headbutt their tables furiously.
Meet Jalen Williams!
A mech-athletic profile with poor results at the West Coast Conference didn’t get Williams much attention in the last two years until the numbers you see above disappeared from the screen in his junior season when he improved his true shooting percentage by almost 10%. . , a sharp jump in efficiency.
Suddenly, Gilbert native and high school graduate Perry looks like a three-level scorer, allowing his ability to play to flourish, the floor space he can hold thanks to the 7ft 2in wingspan that has been talked about. NBA Combine.
Williams has huge shoulders, the same level of strength as Liddell, which he uses to get where he wants to go. He looks so collected and skillful that one wonders what exactly has happened over the past year. Do we have the Space Jam incident on our hands? Are those “Like Mike” shoes on your feet?
He actually does the pick and roll and has a 2:1 assist to turnover ratio, so having someone with that skill set next to the main initiator is why there’s so much hype here.
For a guy who had a hard time shooting the previous season (27.4%), Williams had that three-point percentage of about 40%, with 31% of his shots unassisted. This is a great indicator for a flank like Williams, who positions himself more as a minor scorer.
Jalen Williams (Santa Clara)
6 feet 5 inches
wingspan 7 feet 2 inches
21 years old
18 points per game
51.3% from the field
39.6% of 3
Jalen is one of the oldest NBA draft picks, but he still has a lot of potential. He is a shooter with 3 knockdown points. While being extremely prepared for the NBA. pic.twitter.com/y1GvCnsLW3
— Daily Dose (@DailyDoseOfOKC) June 9, 2022
Liddell is worth mentioning again because there are similar doubts about Williams’ athleticism. Is he fast enough to guard the flanks of the NBA? How about doing the opposite with his drives to the ring? The security tape showed a guy who cared and tried, which is all you can ask for. At the very least, it limits his potential as a potential All-Star scorer, unless the NBA development program opens up more.
Either way, if what Williams showed off last year is real, he’s the type of extra ball play that every team should want. We’ve seen the lack of options have burned the Suns, and this offseason should prioritize turning to others like Williams.