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NBA Mock Draft: Phoenix Suns trade for #17; draft Montrezl Harrell

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 next pick in the 2015 NBA Mock Draft, with Bright Side of the Sun selecting Montrezl Harrell from Louisville.

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NBA Mock Draft Pick #17 -- Montrezl Harrell, Forward, Louisville


The Phoenix Suns have agreed to a three team trade to acquire the 17th pick in the 2015 Mock Draft. The trade cannot be officially completed until July, but has been agreed upon by all parties.

Cleveland acquires Marcus Morris.

Milwaukee acquires the 24th pick in this draft and Cleveland's lottery protected 2016 pick (already owned by the Suns)

The Suns get Brendan Haywood and #17. Haywood's contract is non guaranteed for next season.

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

After taking combo guard D'Angelo Russell with the 3rd overall pick, the Suns decided to address the front court after trading for the 17th overall pick. The Suns big men under contract consist only of Markieff Morris and Alex Len at the moment.

The choice was quite difficult between multi-talented Trey Lyles and energetic defender Montrezl Harrell. The BSotS staff went round and round between the two for quite a time, ultimately splitting the votes. Ultimately, the team decided that Harrell's boundless energy, rebounding, defense and transition running were perfect fits on this young Suns team. Every NBA team needs someone in their front court who does the dirty work, defends multiple positions and wins games with defensive effort. Some have compared Harrell's impact on a game to Draymond Green's, while others compare him to Kenneth Faried.

The Suns are thrilled to add these two young players (19 and 21 years old) to a core of C Alex Len (21), SF T.J. Warren (21), and G Brandon Knight (23) and Archie Goodwin (20).

1) Minnesota Timberwolves: KARL-ANTHONY TOWNS

2) Los Angeles Lakers: JAHLIL OKAFOR

3) Phoenix Suns (via Philadelphia 76ers): D'ANGELO RUSSELL

4) New York Knicks: JUSTISE WINSLOW

5) Orlando Magic: WILLIE CAULEY-STEIN

6) Philadelphia 76ers (via Sacramento Kings): MARIO HEZONJA

7) Denver Nuggets: EMMANUEL MUDIAY

8) Boston Celtics (via Detroit Pistons): KRISTAPS PRIZINGIS

9) Utah Jazz (via Charlotte Hornets): MYLES TURNER

10) Philadelphia 76ers (via Miami Heat): STANLEY JOHNSON

11) Indiana Pacers: CAMERON PAYNE

12) Utah Jazz: DEVIN BOOKER

13) Miami Heat (from the 76ers via the Phoenix Suns): FRANK KAMINSKY

14) Oklahoma City Thunder: KELLY OUBRE

15) Atlanta Hawks: BOBBY PORTIS

16) Detroit Pistons (via Boston Celtics): JUSTIN ANDERSON

17) Phoenix Suns (via Milwaukee Bucks): MONTREZL HARRELL

18) Houston Rockets

19) Washington Wizards

20) Toronto Raptors

21) Dallas Mavericks

22) Chicago Bulls

23) Portland Trail Blazers

24) Cleveland Cavaliers

25) Memphis Grizzlies

26) San Antonio Spurs

27) Los Angeles Lakers

28) Boston Celtics

29) Brooklyn Nets

30) Golden State Warriors

15) Atlanta Hawks

16) Boston Celtics

17) Milwaukee Bucks

18) Houston Rockets

19) Washington Wizards

20) Toronto Raptors

21) Dallas Mavericks

22) Chicago Bulls

23) Portland Trail Blazers

24) Cleveland Cavaliers

25) Memphis Grizzlies

26) San Antonio Spurs

27) Los Angeles Lakers

28) Boston Celtics

29) Brooklyn Nets

30) Golden State Warriors