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Phoenix Suns’ Draft History (2006-2015)

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Over the past 10 NBA Drafts (2006-2015), the Phoenix Suns have made 19 selections without yielding an All-Star.

The following table details the Suns’ track record by tiers, noting the number of All-Stars and starters selected, along with players who either never made the league or were out in five years or less:

Tier Picks All-Star All-Star Appearances Starter* Not in NBA
1-5 1 0 0 0 0
6-10 0 0 0 0 0
11-15 6 0 0 2 (33.3%) 0
16-20 1 0 0 0 0
21-25 0 0 0 0 0
26-30 4 0 0 0 3 (75%)
31-40 0 0 0 0 0
41-50 4 0 0 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
51-60 3 0 0 0 3 (100%)
Total 19 0 0 3 (15.8%) 9 (47.4%)

*Starter criteria determined as an average of 50 or more starts, over at least 40 percent of the player’s career.

The following is the league average over the same tiers:

Tier All-Star Starter Not in NBA
1-5 12 (24%) 30 (60%) 3 (6%)
6-10 8 (16%) 30 (60%) 7 (14%)
11-15 2 (4%) 12 (24%) 8 (16%)
16-20 3 (6%) 10 (20%) 8 (16%)
21-25 2 (4%) 8 (16%) 15 (30%)
26-30 1 (2%) 5 (10%) 20 (40%)
31-40 1 (2%) 11 (11%) 52 (52%)
41-50 2 (2%) 8 (8%) 70 (70%)
51-60 1 (1%) 1 (1%) 87 (87%)
Total 32 (5.3%) 115 (19.7%) 270 (45.0%)

The Suns have struggled to find All-Stars and starters in the draft.  While Robin Lopez and Goran Dragic are no longer with the team, rookie starter Devin Booker showed tremendous promise this past season.

Note that players are included with the team through any draft-day trades.  Some teams pick well but let an eventual starter leave for another, but that’s beyond the scope of this article.  Recently drafted players have yet to officially pass the “at least five years” test, but were considered as such if on a team’s roster by the end of the 2015-16 season.

Additionally, recent picks who have yet to join the NBA may still do so, but for this analysis are considered “out.”

Pick History 2006-2015

All-Stars: None

Starters: Robin Lopez (2008-15), Goran Dragic (2008-45), Devin Booker (2015-13)

Rotation Players: Earl Clark (2009-14), Markieff Morris (2011-13), Kendall Marshall (2012-13), Alex Len (2013-5), Archie Goodwin (2013-29), T.J. Warren (2014-14), Tyler Ennis (2014-18)

Out in Five Years or Less: Sergio Rodriguez (2006-27), Alando Tucker (2007-29), D.J. Strawberry (2007-59), Taylor Griffin (2009-48), Gani Lawal (2010-46), Dwayne Collins (2010-60), Alex Oriakhi (2013-57), Bogdan Bogdanovic (2014-27), Alec Brown (2014-50)