2022 NBA Draft Profile


Phoenix Suns

2022 Draft Picks:

2021-22 Season: 64-181st place, Pacific DivisionLost to Mavs in West semifinals

Pre-Draft Outlook 

The Suns don’t have any draft picks, reflecting both their recent success and decision to acquire Paul from Oklahoma City two years ago. Don’t expect a draft-day trade, either, considering the Suns hardly want to break up a team still equipped to overcome their recent second-round flameout. Instead, look for the Suns to address their roster needs during free agency. 

A Stat That Matters

2 — The Suns lost more games by 25 points or more in the last two contests of the conference semifinals (2) than they had in their previous 93.

The Way To Go 

Less than a year after the Suns declined to grant their star center a max rookie extension, Ayton played only 17 minutes in Phoenix’s Game 7 loss to Dallas. Suns coach Monty Williams conceded Ayton sat because of “internal” reasons, and all signs point to Ayton departing in free agency. The Suns might retain JaVale McGee and/or Bismack Biyombo so they at least have some size to fill Ayton’s roster spot. But look for the Suns to perform a sign-and-trade with Ayton to pursue more wing and backcourt depth. 

 Under Contract 

G: Devin Booker
G: Gabriel Lundberg
G: Chris Paul
G: Cameron Payne
G: Landry Shamet
F: Mikal Bridges
F: Jae Crowder
F: Torrey Craig
F: Cameron Johnson
F/C: Dario Šarić  

Free Agents

G: Elfrid Payton (unrestricted)
G: Aaron Holiday (restricted)
F: Ish Wainright (restricted)
C/F: JaVale McGee (unrestricted)
C: Deandre Ayton (restricted)
C: Bismack Biyombo (unrestricted) 

Last year’s Draft 

 2021: Day’Ron Sharpe (29)** 

 ** = traded in draft-night deal  

 –Mark Medina