2017 Phoenix Suns Mock Draft Tracker

Andrew Sharp: SI.com

Josh Jackson, SF, Kansas

“First, Jackson’s scoring and shooting picked up as the year went on, giving scouts a preview of just how good he could be if he does develop a passable game on the perimeter. Second, he was so good at everything else for Kansas that obsessing over his jumper began to feel shortsighted. He could be a two-way terror at the next level, with a relatively high floor as a do-everything wing. Pairing Jackson with Devin Booker might be the most attractive fit in the draft.”

DraftExpress.com

Lonzo Ball, PG, UCLA

“Ball averaged 14.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 7.6 assists, and 1.8 steals per game on the season, gaudy numbers in their own right. But Ball’s impact went far beyond his own personal numbers as he almost single-handedly transformed an offense that ranked outside of the top-50 the previous season into one of, if not the, very best the country had to offer.”

Jonathan Wasserman: BleacherReport.com

Josh Jackson, SF, Kansas

“Josh Jackson made a strong enough pitch during the NCAA tournament to create the argument he’s on par with UCLA’s Lonzo Ball. If the Phoenix Suns don’t see a significant difference in talent between the two, then fit and need will factor into their decision. That would give Jackson the edge at No. 2, given the hole that exists in Phoenix between Devin Booker and the Suns’ trio of young bigs (Dragan Bender, Marquese Chriss, Alex Len).”

Rick O’Donnell: SBNation.com

Jayson Tatum, SF, Duke

“The popular sentiment is that Ball is the most polarizing talent in the draft, but Tatum is a close second. He was considered a top-two recruit from the moment his class started being evaluated, but he showed some holes in his skill set even during a productive freshman year at Duke. Still: There’s never been a better time to be a versatile 6’8 wing in the league. It’s easy to think Tatum has a high floor even if his ceiling isn’t as high as others in this range.”

Gary Parrish: CBSSports.com

Josh Jackson, SF, Kansas

“The Suns could obviously go many directions with this pick. But if they don’t take one of the elite point guards the selection should be Jackson. The 6-foot-8 wing is a top-shelf athlete who averaged 16.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and three assists in his lone year of college. He projects as a high-level contributor on both ends of the court.”

HoopsHype.com

Jayson Tatum, SF, Duke

“No one improved over the final month of the season as much as Tatum. He’s become one of the nation’s most valuable players in the country. He’s put the Blue Devils on his back with clutch plays at the end of close games to lead Duke to their first ever four wins in four nights ACC Tournament title. While not an elite athlete, he’s extremely smooth and has an advanced isolation game to create space for shots.”

Josh Benjamin: Forbes.com

Josh Jackson, SF, Kansas

“The Suns need an athletic wing and Jackson is just that. In fact, he may be the best player in the entire draft. The freshman shot 51.3% from the field for the Jayhawks this season and can do practically everything. He has the potential to be an absolute force on an NBA court.”

Andrew Gould: BleacherReport.com

Lonzo Ball, PG, UCLA

“If the Suns view Booker, Chriss and Bender as their three future cornerstones, Ball fits their long-term plans better than Kansas forward Josh Jackson, who makes more short-term sense. Having distributed 7.6 assists per game as a freshman while draining 80 of his 194 three-point attempts, the Bruins point guard has the makings of an ideal modern floor general.”

Chris Stone: Fansided.com

Josh Jackson, SF, Kansas

“Even if he never reaches his ceiling outcome, Jackson should be an incredibly useful piece on a good team. He is an excellent defender who plays with a competitive streak that is unmatched in the 2017 class. Jackson averaged 2.2 steals and 1.4 blocks per 40 minutes as a freshman as well. His passing is a valuable offensive skill and he can get to the rim at a high rate. Jackson needs to improve his shooting mechanics, but did make 37.8 percent of his triples this season.”

Chad Ford: ESPN.com

Lonzo Ball, PG, UCLA

Lonzo Ball “would be able to get the most out of the rest of the Suns’ young talent,” according to Ford.

NBADraft.net

Josh Jackson, SF, Kansas

“NBA Comparison: Kawhi Leonard/Jimmy Butler. One of the main things that jumps out at you is JJ’s versatility on both sides of the ball. From an offensive standpoint, he possesses a very high Basketball IQ that allows him to be aware of where his teammates are on the court. While he doesn’t play the role of a primary ball handler for Kansas, he’s averaging a very impressive 3.1 assists per game. He’s not the type of defender that merely hinders his opponents ability to score, he’s deadly in the passing lanes, and is aggressive trying to steal the ball and deflecting passes.”

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