Which Prospects Are in Play with the Phoenix Suns' First-Round Draft Pick?

Roberto PayneContributor IMay 2, 2013

Mar 15, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Georgetown Hoyas forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) walks off the court during the second half of a semifinal game of the Big East tournament against the Syracuse Orange at Madison Square Garden. Syracuse won 58-55 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

The Phoenix Suns need to hit a home run with the team's first-round pick after a dismal season.

Phoenix is coming off the team's worst season since the inaugural 1968-69 season and simply cannot afford to have yet another draft setback.

There are holes all over the roster, but specifically, the team lacks a perimeter scoring wing player.

In a league with so many superstar shooting guards and small forwards, it's paramount that Phoenix finds a wing player who is capable of consistently leading the team in scoring.

Luckily for Phoenix, the team is projected to have a top-five pick in a top-heavy 2013 draft class.

Among the top wing prospects are: Otto Porter Jr. of Georgetown, Ben McLemore of Kansas, Shabazz Muhammad of UCLA and Victor Oladipo of Indiana.

Each of these players would help on the wing, but who should Phoenix be targeting with its first-round pick?

In my opinion, Porter and McLemore have to be considered the favorites.

McLemore has the most upside for any wing player in this draft class, as his shooting stroke is pure and his athleticism is elite.

The issue with McLemore comes from his lack of intensity and consistency. At times, he'll be the best player on the floor and then go through a period where he's non-existent. That's simply not acceptable for a player of his talent level.

Porter is not a flashy player, but he's highly effective at getting the job done. He's an all-around player who will score points on one end and play tough defense at the other end.

The only knock on Porter is his sporadic shooting stroke. Think of Porter as a better shooting version of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

Looking at both prospects, it's clear both would really help Phoenix.

Choosing between the two requires a bit more insight, but I figure there are two options.

First, go with the safe pick of Otto Porter Jr., and get a player more likely to produce from day one.

Second, go with the upside pick of Ben McLemore, and try to develop him into a legit number-one scoring option.

If I was in Phoenix's front office, I would be ecstatic if either Porter or McLemore was available at our first-round pick.