It’s an exciting time for Phoenix Suns fans and head coach Earl Watson when you look at their long-term future.
Phoenix Suns loaded up on even more young talent in the 2016 NBA Draft by selecting 7’1 power forward Dragan Bender fourth overall, and then trading for the 8th overall pick in 19-year-old forward Marquese Chriss. Watson in-particular is raving about the 19-year-old Chriss who played his college ball at Washington:
“I see a ton of potential, just like the other rookies,” Watson said. “But with Marquese, you really have to stay in tune. He has so much great talent. The greatest way to describe him is a young person with endless potential. He’s so young and understands it and he’s trying to figure out how to express it. Sometimes when you can’t figure it out as a young person in life, you have situations where you just get frustrated. With Marquese, I can see it coming. You just talk to him and bring him back. He’s always respectful. The main thing is, don’t be so hard on yourself.”
Chriss was at first disappointed that the Suns chose not to pick him fourth overall after being very impressed with the team, but everything would eventually workout thanks to an aggressive draft day trade by Suns general manager Ryan McDonough.
The Suns dealt the 13th overall pick (Georgios Papagiannis) and the 28th overall pick (Skal Labissiere) as well a future second round draft pick and the rights to Bogdan Bogdanovic to land Chriss, and the two parties couldn’t be happier with each other at this point in time:
“When Marquese went past the fifth, sixth and seventh teams, we upped our offer,” McDonough said. “We were aggressive. We wanted him. Obviously we gave up some pretty good assets to get him.”
“I respect them for [trading for me], and I’m truly grateful they went to that amount of effort to get me onto the team,” Chriss said.
The 19-year-old Chriss averaged 13.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game in 34 career games at the University of Washington.
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