NBA Mock Draft: Phoenix Suns Select Jamaal Franklin from San Diego State

Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

SB Nation's NBA Network conducted a mock draft with bloggers from each team site making or trading their "team's" pick. We continue with the twentieth pick in the 2013 NBA Mock Draft with Bright Side of the Sun selecting Jamaal Franklin from San Diego State.

NBA Mock Draft Pick #20 -- Jamaal Franklin, Guard, San Diego State

We have a trade to announce:

The Phoenix Suns have acquired the #20 pick and Rip Hamilton ($1 million guaranteed) from the Chicago Bulls, in exchange for Jared Dudley.

The Suns will use that pick on Jamaal Franklin.

SB Nation's Suns blog Bright Side of the Sun explains the pick and trade:

It's been time to go young for a long, long time in the desert. Starting the draft day with the worst collection of talent in the NBA - I mean seriously, the worst - and yet boasting a median age of 26 years old, it's clear that the Suns won't be making the playoffs again any time soon with the current roster.

After trading 29-year old Marcin Gortat to Portland for the #10 pick (Rudy Gobert), the Suns now trade 28-year old Jared Dudley for the #20 pick (SG Jamaal Franklin). Gortat and Dudley were two of the three best players on the Suns roster, but neither was going to carry the Suns to the playoffs in the prime of their careers.

Add Jamaal Franklin to Victor Oladipo (#5 pick) and incumbent PG Goran Dragic, and the Suns can run and gun again on the perimeter with a very young pair of shooting guards.

SB Nation's Bulls blog Blog a Bull explains the trade:

With ownership's financial concerns not playing a role in our virtual decision-making, the opportunity to acquire Jared Dudley from the Suns was too much to pass up. The Bulls desperately need wing depth, and Dudley fits that bill perfectly. He also acts as insurance if Luol Deng bolts in free agency following the upcoming season. The Bulls are good enough to compete for a championship next year, so while there were a number of players we liked in the draft, the chance to add a ready-made contributor like Dudley who fills a very real need was a no-brainer.

SB Nation Scouting Report: Jamaal Franklin



More: Full NBA Draft Coverage

Updated 2013 NBA Mock Draft Board:

1. Cleveland Cavaliers: NERLENS NOEL
2. Orlando Magic BEN MCLEMORE
3. Washington Wizards OTTO PORTER
4. Charlotte Hornets ALEX LEN
5. Phoenix Suns VICTOR OLADIPO
6. New Orleans Pelicans TREY BURKE
7. Sacramento Kings ANTHONY BENNETT (for Philly)
8. Detroit Pistons C.J. MCCOLLUM
9. Minnesota Timberwolves KENTAVIOUS CALDWELL-POPE
10. Portland Trail Blazers RUDY GOBERT (For Phoenix)
11. Philadelphia 76ers MICHAEL CARTER-WILLIAMS (For Sacramento)
12. Oklahoma City Thunder CODY ZELLER
13. Dallas Mavericks SHABAZZ MUHAMMAD
14. Utah Jazz DENNIS SCHROEDER
15. Milwaukee Bucks SHANE LARKIN
16. Boston Celtics GORGUI DIENG
17. Atlanta Hawks GIANNIS ADETOKUNBO
18. Atlanta Hawks MASON PLUMLEE
19. Cleveland Cavaliers SERGEY KARASEV
20. Chicago Bulls (for Phoenix) JAMAAL FRANKLIN
21. Utah Jazz
22. Brooklyn Nets
23. Indiana Pacers
24. New York Knicks
25. Los Angeles Clippers
26. Minnesota Timberwolves
27. Denver Nuggets
28. San Antonio Spurs
29. Oklahoma City Thunder
30. Phoenix Suns

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