New Suns GM Ryan McDonough Puts Stamp on Draft with Puzzling Pick

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New Suns GM Ryan McDonough Puts Stamp on Draft with Puzzling Pick
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A new era begins with a second guess. Ryan McDonough and his staff must not believe in honeymoons. The new Suns general manager wielded the franchise's first top-five pick in 26 years. He was gifted with a draft board that crumbled before his eyes, playing right into McDonough's hands. Then he selected Maryland's Alex Len. No sizzle, no oomph, no star power. And the decision was unanimous. “A no-brainer for us,” Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek said. You can make an argument that Len was a better choice than Nerlens Noel, the 7-foot center from Kentucky who blew out his knee late last season. Len is bigger, can protect the rim nearly as well, and has tangible offensive skills.

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