Suns to select 4th and 13th in NBA Draft - Tucson News Now

Suns to select 4th and 13th in NBA Draft

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Suns will select fourth overall in the 2016 NBA Draft, it was determined tonight in the 2016 NBA Draft Lottery at the New York Hilton Midtown. This marks the Suns’ sixth time with a top-four selection in team history and first since the 1987 draft.

In addition to the fourth overall pick, the Suns secured the 13th overall pick from the Washington Wizards as it fell outside of its top-nine protection.

For the Suns, they have used the fourth overall pick three times in franchise history, most recently selecting the team’s all-time leading rebounder and Ring of Honor member Alvan Adams with the fourth pick in 1975. The Suns have also selected John Shumate (1974) and Corky Calhoun (1972) fourth overall. Phoenix has only drafted in the top-four selections five times previously, and last did so in 1987 when they took Armon Gilliam with the second overall pick.

The Suns have selected 13th overall four times in club history, most recently selecting guard Devin Booker with the 13th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Booker went on to post one of the best rookie seasons in franchise history, averaging 13.8 points and becoming just the sixth teenager in NBA history to record at least 1,000 points.

Booker represented the Suns on stage at the lottery, and was joined in New York by Jenna Warren, a 16-year-old Suns fan with Down syndrome who Booker befriended during this past season after noticing her regularly watching warmups while wearing his jersey. Once he learned he would represent the team at the Draft Lottery, Booker took it upon himself to offer Jenna and her family the opportunity to join him in New York.

In addition to the fourth and 13th overall picks, the Suns possess Cleveland’s first-round pick (28th overall) and their own second-round pick (34th overall) in this year’s draft. NBA Draft 2016 will be held on Thursday, June 23, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and televised on ESPN at 4 p.m. (Phoenix time).

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