2014 NBA Mock Draft: Pre-Combine Evaluations

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27. Phoenix Suns (via Pacers): Jordan Adams, SG, UCLA

Mar 15, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UCLA Bruins guard Jordan Adams (3) shoots against Arizona Wildcats guard Nick Johnson (13) during the second half in the championship game of the Pac-12 Conference college basketball tournament at MGM Grand Garden Arena. The Bruins defeated the Wildcats 75-71. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Position: Shooting Guard

Age: 19

Height, Weight, Wingspan: 6’5″, 220 pounds

2013-14 Season Averages: 27.22 PER, 30.1 MPG, 17.4 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 2.3 APG, 2.6 SPG, 35.6% 3PT

The Phoenix Suns have found a versatile scorer in forward Doug McDermott and an upside big man in Jusuf Nurkic. With the third of three first-round draft picks, Phoenix targets further perimeter depth by adding a scorer with defensive upside.

Jordan Adams of UCLA is that player.

Adams is a take-over scorer who has no qualms about attacking the basket or sinking shots from beyond the arc. While his defensive fundamentals aren’t polished, he’s one of the best ball-hawks in the country.

That upside is hard to find at No. 27, and it’s what makes him such an intriguing prospect. Keep in mind, Adams had pulled out of the draft before jumping back in.

Some team told Adams that they’re interested him as a first-rounder, and there’s good reason why.

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  • Nathan Giese

    As someone that would finally love to see the Wolves get over the hump and make something of their franchise, I don’t see Dario Saric being the answer. But, you know, they have a history of bad picks so it would make sense.

    • Maxwell Ogden

      Who would you rather they select? Too much money locked up in SG, PF & C, and unwavering faith in the PG. No one transcendent at No. 13, so it’s about upside and history of the organization.