Victor Oladipo, No. 5 (Mock)
The Suns take an athletic 2-guard to build around.
by Eduardo Maisonet, III / @edthesportsfan
When I think about the Phoenix Suns and my desire to watch them play basketball, I’m only capable of coming up with three reasons that would prevent me from changing the channel.
1. Michael Beasley (He may not be successful, but he sure is entertaining)
2. The Morris Twins (OMG look at the twins on the court at the same time! It’s so cute!)
3. Those sweet alternate throwback Phoenix Suns uniforms (Might be the most underrated uniform in the League)
Other than that, I can’t find anything else about watching the Phoenix Suns play the game of basketball that makes me want to watch. They are a roster devoid of any potential All-Star talent, they’ve got about seven or eight players who would make nice role players on Championship contenders but have no place on this middling team, and I’m pretty sure that new head coach Jeff Hornacek could probably beat everyone on the team in a game of H-O-R-S-E.
So yes, something must be done…immediately. Excuse me real quick, as I use my imaginary general manager powers to draft a player worth a damn.
With the fifth pick in the 2013 SLAMonline Mock Draft, the Phoenix Suns select…
Victor Oladipo from Indiana.
At 6-4 and 215 pounds, Oladipo is the quintessential physical prototype for a 2-guard. The DeMatha High School product from DC was named the Sporting News Men’s College Basketball Player of the Year, the National Co-Defensive Player of the Year, and a First-Team All-American. The Phoenix Suns need someone who has the chance to be a catalyst of change for an uninspired roster and the fans that support them. Oladipo can be that catalyst in three ways:
1. Oladipo will immediately become the best defender on the Suns.
It’s been lauded that Oladipo was capable of defending up to four positions while playing at Indiana, but in the NBA he’ll primarily be guarding the best guard in the opposing team’s backcourt. Not every player is up to that specific type of challenge, but Oladipo’s resume proves not only that he’s capable, but that he wants that challenge. That’s the type of attitude that’s sorely lacking on the Suns.
2. Oladipo will immediately become the best athlete on the Suns.
With all due respect to Shannon Brown and the Gorilla mascot, Oladipo will become the dynamic player needed to run the fast break and make plays in the open court. A secondary benefit from Oladipo’s athleticism will be his ability to crash the boards and play the passing lanes. When one of the younger players plays with an edge, it becomes infectious, and if you can get your 2-guard to hit the boards and play with a defensive edge, it means your team could be going places.
3. Oladipo could mark the turning point of a proud Suns franchise.
I stated it earlier, but it’s worth stating again, this Suns roster really is pretty pathetic. The team’s best big man (Marcin Gortat) gets tossed around in trade rumors every couple of months, the two point guards either can’t defend (Goran Dragic) or can’t shoot (Kendall Marshall) and the wing players are either insane (Beasley) or simply incapable of making a real difference as a lead player (Shannon Brown, Jared Dudley). Oh, and they have the Morris twins. Yay.
The Suns will pick again with the 30th pick in the Draft, and if we’re fortunate, we’ll be able to find another immediate contributor to this roster. Maybe we’ll get another contributor in the second round. Maybe a free agent or two will find a way to patch the holes on our depleted roster.
It doesn’t matter. The first building block has been acquired, and it’s time to move forward. Oladipo’s our man.
|2013 SLAMonline Mock Draft|