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#13 Phoenix Suns: Devin Booker

With the No. 13 pick, the Phoenix Suns drafted Devin Booker.

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With the 13th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, the Phoenix Suns took sharpshooter Devin Booker. The former Kentucky shooting guard shot 41.1 percent from behind the arc in his freshman season. At 6’6 and 206 lbs., he has pretty good size for a shooting guard, which will help him as he defends other twos. His wingspan of 6’8 doesn’t hurt either on the defensive end of the court.

As an 18-year-old, Booker still has a lot of room to grow, but as a shooter he has an established spot in the league. Booker averaged 10 points per game in college along with grabbing a couple rebounds and a little over an assist per game in 21.5 minutes per game.

Booker has a max vert of 34.5 inches and his athleticism is pretty decent. He’ll be a great addition to the Suns’ roster. They will enjoy Booker’s shooting, as he is already the best three-point shooter on the team. He will stretch the floor for Eric Bledsoe to have driving lanes and for Alex Len to do work in the post.

The Suns really needed a spark and consistent shooting. Despite their exciting style, they haven’t made the playoffs since 2010, when they made the Western Conference Finals at the end of the Steve Nash era. Their core is quite young as Bledsoe and the Morris twins are only 25 years old with Alex Len and T.J. Warren 21 and Archie Goodwin 20. That’s a young team that just got younger with the addition of a teenaged Booker.

The Suns were going for best player available and when Booker fell to them, they had to take him. They were also looking at some big men in the pre-draft workouts. It had been rumored Phoenix was targeting Frank Kaminsky, but they couldn’t trade up for him.

Based in Arizona, Eric Saar is an analyst for Basketball Insiders. He has covered the league for several years. He loves to converse about the NBA on Twitter, so follow him at @Eric_Saar. Eric graduated with honors from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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