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2009 Phoenix Suns Draft Gallery
January 1, 2009
The Phoenix Suns held their "war room" for the 2009 NBA Draft on the fourth floor of US Airways Center.
Suns General Manager Steve Kerr works the phones, while owner Robert Sarver reads the latest draft headlines.
Suns Head Coach Alvin Gentry studies the draft prospects' bios.
The "Original Sun" Dick Van Arsdale always enjoys Draft Night.
Kerr concentrates on the early picks.
Suns Vice President of Player Programs Mark West was a member of the Suns' 1993 NBA Finals team.
Assistant coach Dan Majerle was the Suns' 14th pick in the 1988 NBA Draft.
Assistant director of basketball operation Amin El-Hassan broke out an orange bow tie for the big night.
Alvin Gentry - text or Twitter?
Assistant coach Bill Cartwright watches as other teams make their selections.
Gentry takes a timeout from the draft to talk with Channel 12's Bruce Cooper on the balcony of US Airways Center.
Sr. VP of Basketball Operations David Griffin calls in the Suns' pick to the NBA office.
The Suns chose forward Earl Clark out of Louisville.
If Clark wasn't available at No. 14, the Suns would most likely have dealt the pick.
Clark led Louisville in scoring and rebounding.
Clark impressed the Suns' scouts with his defensive versatility.
Kerr likes Clark's ability to guard "hybrid" power forwards like Dirk Nowitzki.
Kerr and Gentry meet the media following their first-round pick.
Clark was in Phoenix a week ago for a pre-draft workout and a chat with local reporters.
Little did Clark know he would soon be a member of the Suns.
Returning to the fourth floor, Griff and Kerr take and make calls, exploring their second-round options.
The mood in the "war room" is a little lighter in the second round.
With their second-round pick (No. 48 overall), the Suns nabbed forward Taylor Griffin out of Oklahoma.
Taylor is the older brother of Blake Griffin, who was taken first overall by the L.A. Clippers.
It is the second year in a row that the Suns drafted one of two brothers entering the NBA at the same time.
Griffin's nickname is "Bam-Bam" for his hustle and toughness.
Griffin averaged 9.6 points a game last season.
Griffin had a 22-point, eight-rebound effort against Texas Tech last season.
The Suns officially introduced Clark to the media on June 26, 2009.
Even though the number is TBA, Clark expects to feel right at home wearing the purple and orange, come 2009-10.