With Shannon Brown and Michael Redd becoming free agents on July 1 and a continued need for an isolation wing scorer and defender, the Suns' interest in this draft's shooting guards is as strong as the crop.
Who wouldn't be intrigued by the idea of drafting the next star off-guard? In the West, only Kobe Bryant averaged more than 17 points at a position known recently for its Sixth Man of the Year award winners -- Manu Ginobili, Jason Terry and James Harden.
The draft favorite is Florida's Bradley Beal, who figures to be gone before the Suns select at No. 13 on June 28. Beyond him, the Suns figure to have a chance at Connecticut's Jeremy Lamb, Duke's Austin Rivers, Syracuse's Dion Waiters or Washington's Terrence Ross.
Lamb, 6 feet 5 with a 6-11 wingspan, comes off a disappointing team performance in his sophomore year but he intrigued scouts with his shooting and athleticism. He postponed workouts in Phoenix and elsewhere recently due to an ankle sprain.
"He's got great size for a guy playing the two position," said Suns Director of Player Personnel John Treloar, who heads the draft operation. "His freshman year at UConn was better, but I think a lot of that had to do with the leadership of Kemba Walker."
There is insider talk that the Suns gave a "soft promise" to Syracuse's Dion Waiters, who left the NBA draft combine early and has not worked out for teams since then. A rumored full promise is doubtful, considering the unknown of who could fall to No. 13, but the 6-4, 221-pounder is a match for the Suns because of his potential to be the shot creator they need. He was Syracuse's sixth man but also a go-to player in the crunch with toughness and athleticism.
"He's got a scoring piece inside and out," Treloar said. "He drives the ball and attacks the basket, and he's looking to do that more than to shoot it."
Treloar said Waiters and Rivers have the ability to be combo guard defenders and have played combo guard roles offensively. Rivers, who is Boston coach Doc Rivers' son, has not worked out in Phoenix and there is a feeling among agents that he will not go past New Orleans at No. 10 because of his father's relationship with Hornets coach Monty Williams.
" (Rivers) is very confident, and he's got offensive ability," Treloar said. "He's got a scorer's mentality more than a pass-first mentality because of his skills. He would have to play point, too, because of his size (6-5, 203)."
Treloar agrees with some pundits' beliefs that Ross is being underrated in this group. At 6-7 and 197, he is the best athlete of the bunch with a perimeter shot and defensive upside.
"The attention he's got has not been the same as the group but maybe he's the best of the group," Treloar said. "He has the potential to be a very good defender because of his size, length and strength. I think he will have the ability to have an offensive game that is diverse. He's strong and a talented guy. He's got a good pace to his game."