Mock Draft 2.0: Final mock before Thursday's 2021 NBA Draft
With the 29th pick of the draft, the Phoenix Suns select Nah'Shon "Bones" Hyland, a combo guard out of VCU.
If I'm a Phoenix Suns fan, I would not advise getting too attached to this pick as I would not be surprised to see it traded. If that doesn't happen, though, I'm looking for the best player available regardless of position. While it's close, the player that sticks out the most to me at this point in the draft is Hyland.
Anybody that may have been unfamiliar with him during the regular season may remember him now from his impressive performances during the NBA Combine scrimmage games. He has some serious three-level scoring potential that he was able to display in those games. He has incredible NBA three-point range, is a crafty finisher around the rim that reminds me a lot of Dejounte Murray, and has a nice floater game on the inside.
Not only that, but he has the physical tools to become a good defender. He is already good at reading opposing offensive sets and frequently gets steals from entering passing lanes. His quick first step and 6'9" wingspan enable him to cover ground deceivingly quickly.
Ultimately, I think Hyland has a good case to be selected in this draft much earlier than the 29th pick, so the Suns securing him at 29 would be incredible value for him. If he works on his strength and athleticism in the league, he could quickly turn into one of the best scorers in his class.