The days of Alex Len and Tyson Chandler as the options at center for the Phoenix Suns seem to be about concluded. And, chances are that the Suns end up taking Ayton (an in-state college product from the University of Arizona) or the hyped international prospect Luka Doncic.
Yet, the thought of Bamba getting to land in the first overall pick would be a huge confidence boost and he does have the defensive ability and offensive potential to make his case as the top selection. The Suns are also a team that should not be too far away from contender status given how frequently they’ve been in the lottery of late.
Last year, the Suns drafted both international forward Dragan Bender and Washington Huskies forward Marquese Chriss in the lottery. Both Bender and Chriss showed flashes last year, but neither posted a great player efficiency rating as they each finished in the bottom half on the team by the end of the regular season.
At this point, the Suns are building around former Kentucky Wildcats guard Devin Booker and former NC State guard/forward T.J. Warren. The Suns can’t miss on this pick, but Bamba should at least be considered if they end up getting the top selection in the lottery.