|Phoenix Suns 2012 Draft Preview |
|By John McMullen, NBA Editor |
The Suns may be on the verge of moving on from the Steve Nash-era.
The two-time former MVP is an unrestricted free agent and is at least thinking about changing addresses. If Nash moves on from the desert Phoenix will obviously have to address the point guard position although Aaron Brooks could be brought back after playing a year in China due to the NBA lockout.
With or without Nash or Brooks the Suns must also upgrade the frontcourt with a defensive-minded big man.
Phoenix holds the 13th overall pick and could be in the market for a pair of North Carolina players, power forward John Henson and point guard Kendall Marshall. Henson has the wingspan to be an elite shot blocker while Marshall would obviously help in the effort to eventually replace Nash.
Under Contract: G: Sebastian Telfair; F/G: Jared Dudley; F: Josh Childress; F: Markieff Morris; F: Hakim Warrick; F/C: Channing Frye; C: Marcin Gortat
Free Agents: G: Aaron Brooks (restricted); G: Shannon Brown; F: Grant Hill; C: Robin Lopez (restricted); G: Steve Nash; G: Ronnie Price; G: Michael Redd
Recent Draft History 2011: Markieff Morris (13) 2010: Gani Lawal (46); Dwayne Collins (60) 2009: Earl Clark (14); Taylor Griffin (48); Emir Preldzic (57) 2008: Robin Lopez (15); Malik Hairston (48) 2007: Rudy Fernandez (24); Alando Tucker (29); D.J. Strawberry (59)
Draft picks: 1st round (13th overall)