The Suns have a greater need in the frontcourt than the backcourt, but the best player available should always be taken with a lottery pick. Perhaps the Suns have learned that lesson ever since they drafted Earl Clark and Kendall Marshall in the late lottery.
The Suns have plenty of shooting guards, but the future of that position is not so clear.
Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe are backcourt partners in crime, but Bledsoe is a restricted free agent, and there's always a chance that the two will not stick together in the long term. If one is traded for a star such as Kevin Love, for example, the other would become the sole starting point guard.
Then there's Gerald Green, who is coming off a fantastic breakout season but who is also an unrestricted free agent next year. The Suns may be so focused on re-signing Goran Dragic and the Morris twins at that point that there will be little cap room left to give a pay increase to a sixth man such as Green.
And although Archie Goodwin showed some promise in his rookie season, he is a slasher by nature and would be unable to replicate Green's fantastic three-point shooting, which was such an integral part of the offense in 2013-14.
So, who is one of the best pure shooters in this draft class? Michigan's 20-year-old Nik Stauskas.
He is a fantastic shooter as well as an efficient scorer and passer. Whereas Goodwin brings the athleticism, Stauskas is known for his high basketball IQ.
His defense is much more questionable, but then again, so is Green's. If Stauskas could be the next J.J. Redick or Gordon Hayward, the Suns should certainly take him with a lottery pick. He may not contribute immediately but could be an above-average starter one day.
Unfortunately, not too many mock drafts have Stauskas falling all the way to No. 14th. Most have him in the No. 9-13 range. But even so, there's always a possibility that he could fall to the Suns. And if that happens, they should pounce on the opportunity.