NBA Draft 2019 Rumors: Suns Prefer Ja Morant over Zion Williamson
Murray State's Ja Morant (12) during the first half of a second round men's college basketball game in the NCAA tournament, Saturday, March 23, 2019, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

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Even though Zion Williamson appears to be the consensus No. 1 player in the 2019 NBA draft class, the Phoenix Suns are reportedly enamored with a different player. 

Per The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie, there is buzz around the NBA that the Suns “prefer to end up with” Murray State star Ja Morant.

Vecenie did note he is “skeptical” the Suns would pass on Williamson at No. 1 because the “financial windfall any team figures to experience by selecting Williamson is real.”

The links with Morant may exist in part because the Suns have been searching for a viable starting point guard since Eric Bledsoe was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in November 2017. 

Per ESPN.com, De’Anthony Melton was Phoenix’s best point guard with a 9.94 player efficiency rating. He ranked 71st out of 81 qualified players at the position. 

If the Suns really want Morant, the best outcome for them would be securing the No. 2 pick in the draft. Williamson can go first overall, as everyone expects, and Phoenix gets its point guard of the future. 

The Suns, New York Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers have the best odds to get the No. 1 pick at 14 percent. This year’s draft lottery will be held May 14. 

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