With the 13th pick Phoenix Suns looked to address rebounding and defense by drafting Markieff Morris in the 2011 NBA Draft. The Suns played it by the book, no last minute trades or deals. Morris looks like a solid player with a solid back ground. Lance Banks thinks he will have an impact on the Suns immediately.
Suns General Manager Lance Blanks said he expects Morris to “impact the roster” immediately and that the front office would push for him to play. Following plans to keep Nash and re-sign Grant Hill, picking the more-polished Morris to address the Suns’ greatest need was further indication of their intent to return to the playoffs immediately rather than undergo massive rebuilding. “This gives us an opportunity to lay our imprint on this organization and this team,” Blanks said. “This is our first draft choice and first opportunity to do that. So very excited to have the opportunity for the pick but also a pick that reflects who we are and what we want to be about.”