2003 Suns Draft Index

by Jeramie McPeek
VP, Digital

Welcome to Phoenix
The Suns introduced their two new rookies, Serbian forward Zarko Cabarkapa and Brazilian playmaker Leandro Barbosa, during an afternoon press conference at America West Arena on June 27. The Suns addressed their two biggest needs in the draft, selecting "Z" with the 17th pick, adding a big shooter that can spread the defense, and then acquiring Barbosa via a draft night deal with the Spurs to backup All-Star Stephon Marbury.

  • Transcript: Cabarkapa, Barbosa press conference
  • Family Business: Rookies not alone in transition to NBA
  • Photos: Behind the scenes of the Suns' draft
  • Reaction: Experts analyze the Suns' draft
  • azcentral.com: Suns may have a steal in Barbosa
  • azcentral.com: Suns seasoned travelers in international drafting
  • Quotes: Leandro Barbosa | Bryan Colangelo | Frank Johnson | Tim Shea | Mike D'Antoni | Marc Iavaroni
  • Suns Draft Party:



  • May 27: One-on-one with Big Z | Suns scout Cabarkapa

    Good Guesses
    Most mock drafts had the Suns selecting Nene Hilario or Jared Jeffries with their first pick in last year's draft. But the so-called "NBA experts" bounced back with their predictions for Phoenix this time around.

  • Hit & Miss: The history of No. 17
  • Behind Closed Doors: Pre-draft workout photos

    Talking Global Hoops
    With a wealth of international prospects in this year's draft class, Suns.com sat down with Tim Shea for an in-depth interview. The Suns' international scouting consultant discussed the influx of foreign players and the advantages they have over their American counterparts.

  • June 25: Big, small or young at 17?
  • eastvalleytribune.com: Suns may draft among foreign players
  • azcentral.com: Teams consider passing on point guards
  • June 21: Baby Shaq impresses Suns
  • June 19: Thursday's workout gets physical
  • June 18: Walton shines, Badiane shows potential
  • June 17: Kirilenko look-a-like visits Phoenix
  • June 5: Q&A with Dick Van Arsdale
  • June 3: Suns scouts head for Chicago
  • May 29: College stars try out for Suns
  • May 28: Suns hope to get lucky
  • May 27: Suns scout Yugoslavian prospect
  • May 25: Suns begin draft workouts | Sun Devils audition for Suns