Is Phoenix a potential landing spot for Baylor's Jackson?
The Phoenix Suns took Kendall Marshall, a point guard out of North Carolina, with the 13th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. They followed that up by signing Goran Dragic to a free-agent contract during the offseason. According to a post on Twitter by Marc Spears, an NBA writer for Yahoo! Sports, Phoenix may be looking to add another point guard to the roster:
Suns, owners of the 30th pick, have strong interest in Baylor guard Pierre Jackson, a source said. Bos, NY, LAC,SA,Port also worked him out.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) June 25, 2013
Along with Diante Garrett, the Suns currently have three point guards on the roster. With new head coach Jeff Hornacek at the helm, the Suns may just be looking to go in a new direction. At this point, any direction other than the one Phoenix has been pointed in recently can only yield better results. The Suns are in full rebuilding mode.
Pierre Jackson is listed at 5'10", 180 pounds. During his senior season at Baylor, Jackson averaged 19.8 points and 7.1 assists per contest. He made the All-Big 12 first team and was named the NIT's Most Outstanding Player.
Could the interest in Jackson be the writing on the wall for one of the three current Suns? The reported interest in Jackson may be nothing more than the front office taking the strategy of drafting the best player available.
Although Phoenix looks to be set at point guard, this may be a move to build better depth at the position behind Dragic. With the Suns looking to keep Kendall Marshall around, Garrett looks to be the obvious release if the Suns do indeed take a point guard in tonight's draft.
Phoenix has two first-round picks in tonight's draft: No. 5 and No. 30. With the amount of uncertainty around the top-five picks this year, it's anybody's guess who will be available at the fifth spot. However, if the Suns are seriously considering Jackson, he should be available for their second pick.
The 2013 NBA Draft will be held on June 27th at the Barclays Center in New York at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.