2021 NBA Draft mock #29: Phoenix Suns: Marcus Bagley
Marcus is the brother of Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III. He will not go as high as Marvin did in 2018 when he was the second overall pick ahead of Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic. Marcus offers a different skill set too.
The 19-year-old profiles as a 6’8 stretch four. He shot 34.7 percent on his 72 3-pointer attempts this season. Bagley averaged 10.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 0.8 steals in 29.4 minutes per game in his lone season at Arizona State. He shot an ugly 38.7 percent from the field, but his fit with the Sun Devils was not ideal.
There are questions about his defense, position in the NBA, and ancillary skills. Selecting Marcus Bagley comes down to believing in his tremendous upside.
The Phoenix Suns have done an outstanding job of developing talent. They are on the doorstep of making the Western Conference Finals because of it. Yes, they added Chris Paul, but the development of Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton, Mikal Bridges, and others was the key to landing the veteran point guard. Marcus Bagley could the next raw talent the Suns transform into a difference-making NBA rotation player.
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