11th Pre-Draft Workout Boasts Matchups of Opposites

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by Matt Petersen

There was little duplication in the latest Suns pre-draft workout. Sizes and skill sets at each position were as different as possible under the circumstances.

We already touched on David Stockton’s unique story as related to Jeff Hornacek, as well as the impressions he left on the Suns’ staff. Keep in mind it was made (at least in scrimmages) against a very different kind of point guard in Jordan Clarkson.

The latter is a combo guard out of Missouri, one that bests Stockton by 26 pounds and half a foot, physically. His 6-5 frame enables him to swing between both guard spots, as does his strengths.

“Jordan is a good athlete at that size,” said Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough. “He’s got good length. He shoots the ball, I think, a lot better than his percentages indicate…he’s a talented player. He’s got, physically, pretty much everything you’re looking for.”

There was just as much disparity between the big men. Davante Gardner (6-7, 288 pounds) and Richard Solomon (6-11, 236 pounds) formed an offense/defense debate down low.

Gardner (14.9 ppg, 52.8 FG%) exhibited the hard-to-teach skill of using his physique as a tool to shed his defender when scoring in the low post.

“Davante’s a pretty skilled offensive player,” McDonough said. “He’s pretty efficient. He’s heavy, but he’s got good feet and good hands. he has a really soft touch around the basket. He looked good today, especially one-on-one on the block. He’s tough to stop when he gets his body into the defender. He spins pretty well. He uses either hand.”

Contrast that to Solomon, who made his living as a double-double and defensive machine (11.0 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 1.3 bpg, 1.1 spg) at California.

“Rebounding is one of the things that tends to hold up [in the pros],” McDonough said. “We’ve studies that a decent amount, analytically. If he can rebound at a high major college level like he did at Cal, that’s something that usually translates.”