Phoenix Suns Emerge as Clear Winners From 2019 NBA Draft Grades

It has now been almost three calendar years since the 2019 NBA draft and the players have already established themselves as viable options in the league for years to come, led by No. 2 Ja Morant. Number 28 Jordan Poole continues to add his name to the Golden State roster by serving as a premium role player with the Warriors in a quest for another NBA Finals title.

However, the number of lottery picks in this draft was extremely good or bad.

Like, Miss Stormtrooper from Star Wars.

However, the Phoenix Suns and their 2019 draft picks are one of the few bright spots to emerge from the lottery.

Suns emerge as clear winners in the 2019 NBA Draft Grades

The Suns initially selected Jarrett Culver and then traded his rights to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Dario Saric and the No. 11 draft pick.

Suns escape Jarrett Culver

Yahoo! gave Wolves a D grade for selection, adding: “Jarrett Culver spent two years in Minnesota and last season in Memphis. He is shown in each case. Not what you’d expect from a sixth pick – or a first-rounder for that matter. “

Meanwhile, the Suns received a B grade for picking Cam Johnson.

While you are successful with Cam Johnson

“The Phoenix Suns had to like what they saw in Cameron Johnson in 2021-22,” said writer Barry Werner. “He’s continued to improve but the question is whether he’s done enough to secure a long-term deal. Johnson came third in the sixth man of the year poll, which shows he’s of great value…off the bench and beyond.”

Johnson was downright valuable to Phoenix, averaging 12.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game last season. He also shot 42.5% from downtown in 26.2 minutes played per contest.

Johnson’s impact off the bench has played a significant role in taking Phoenix to new heights over the past two seasons, and this offseason marks the first time he’s been eligible for a rookie-scale overtime, potentially worth $186 million US dollars for five years could trade.

Dario Saric has been missing a lot of time with injuries lately, but in his last healthy season with the team, he averaged 10.7 points and 6.2 rebounds in 24.7 minutes of action a night.

The Suns were just one of five teams to place in the top 20 to receive a grade of B- or higher for their selection, joining the Grizzlies (Morant), Knicks (RJ Barrett), Cavaliers (Darius Garland ) and Heat (Tyler Herro). .

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