Phoenix Suns Take Two Big Men In 2010 NBA Draft
Without a first-round pick in last night's 2010 NBA Draft, many wondered what direction the Suns would go.
Lawal, who is 6-foot-9 and 234 pounds, averaged 13.1 points per game and 8.5 rebounds per game in the Atlantic Coast Conference. He played three seasons as a Yellow Jacket and finished with 27 career double-doubles.
Collins was a four-year started for Miami and averaged 12 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game. He is also a monster inside as he is 6-foot-8 and 243 ponds.
Combined, Lawal and Collins weigh 477 pounds. This is exactly what the Suns need with Stoudemire practically out of the door.
Lopez is a star in the making while Frye and Amundson are solid contributors. If Lawal and Collins, both athletic big men, can pick up Alvin Gentry's up-tempo offense fairly quickly, this team should be set as far as big men go.
Give credit to President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Steve Kerr for continuing to build a strong basketball team despite the fact that he won't be back next season.
That must have been kind of awkward for Kerr to be helping out knowing his job as GM in now over.
Still, the Suns brass had a great draft even without a first-round pick. Collins and Lawal will hopefully be mainstays in the paint for years to come.
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