2003 Suns Draft Index
Serbian forward Zarko Cabarkapa and Brazilian guard Leandro Barbosa pose for a few snapshots in their new Phoenix Suns uniforms.
(Barry Gossage/NBAE Photos)
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.
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.
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.