NBA Draft 2011: Phoenix Suns Draft Another Defensive-Minded Twin

James SargentContributor IIIJune 24, 2011

NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 23:  Markieff Morris from the Kansas Jayhawks greets NBA Commissioner David Stern after he was drafted #13 overall by the Phoenix Suns in the first round during the 2011 NBA Draft at the Prudential Center on June 23, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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With the 13th pick in the 2011 NBA draft, the Phoenix Suns select Markieff Morris from the University of Kansas.

That was what commissioner David Stern announced yesterday for the Suns, their one and only pick.

With Jordan Hamilton and Marshon Brooks still available, I'm not exactly sure the Morris pick was the best available option. It seemed as if it was a bit of a reach, and odd that Markieff was drafted before Marcus.

I understand that it fills the Suns' need of a physical power forward that can rebound and play some defense, but I am not fond of the pick.

Since Steve Nash and Grant Hill are coming to the end of their careers, Jared Dudley is a better role player than starter and Aaron Brooks is a restricted free agent, I would have much preferred a point guard or small forward.

The first thing that came to mind when I heard Markieff's name get called was Robin Lopez.

Lopez, like Morris, was the defensive-minded twin. However, Markieff does have more potential than Robin. 

He isn't quite a star you can build your franchise around, but he is decently athletic and can even stretch the floor with his outside shooting.

Markieff will fit in nicely in Alvin Gentry's system, and I'm sure as time goes on, this draft selection will grow on me.

As for now, I still wish another player was selected, but what can you do. Too late now.