With four picks in the loaded 2014 NBA Draft, the Phoenix Suns have a real chance to add more young assets to an already promising roster. Their first pick doesn’t come in until No. 14, but in such a deep draft class, the Suns have a good opportunity to fix some of their problem areas by adding talent on the wing. While dreams of sneaking into the top three at the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery were tantalizing, more realistic expectations have set in about what Phoenix should be expecting with its first draft pick.
A look back on the history of the No. 14 pick in the last few years probably won’t excite too many Suns fans. The last time Phoenix had the No. 14 pick it used it on Earl Clark, who never showed any flashes of potential with the Suns and is no longer with the team. Other teams haven’t been particularly successful in landing steals at No. 14 in recent years either, as the likes of Shabazz Muhammad, Al Thornton, Rashad McCants, Frederick Jones and Troy Murphy are scattered across the last few drafts.
However, names like John Henson, Patrick Patterson and even the Suns’ Marcus Morris provide a hopeful look at the kind of valuable role player Phoenix could add to its roster with another No. 14 pick. And although the Suns whiffed on their last No. 14 pick, the last time Phoenix had a No. 14 pick, they used it on a guy named Dan Majerle, who just so happens to be a Suns legend. Clyde Drexler, Tim Hardaway and Maurice Lucas are other outliers that worked out exceedingly well after being drafted at No. 14 as well.
With that in mind, here are a few prospects that may still be on the board by the time the Suns’ first pick rolls around that Phoenix would do well to consider.