Phoenix Suns fans, look away now, I’m about to bring to your attention something that may throw you into a fit of rage.
Your front office had the chance to draft MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard in the 2011 Draft, but passed on him for the most insane reason during the interview phase.
Then-GM Lance Blank and his staff didn’t select Leonard because he SWEATED THROUGH HIS SUIT DURING THE INTERVIEW. Unbelievable.
They instead chose to select Markieff Morris with the 13th pick of the draft, a player who isn’t even on the roster anymore. Kawhi was selected only 2 picks later by the Indiana Pacers, and immediately traded to the Spurs for George Hill.
Per Scott Howard on Twitter:
But with a front office conducting its first draft in Phoenix, then-General Manager Lance Blanks’ staff did not have Leonard in the discussion. Part of the Suns’ knock on Leonard, beyond his perimeter shot, was how nervously he acted in a draft combine interview, when he sweated through his suit.
Because of nothing more than pre-draft jitters, the Suns completely disregarded a perennial All-Star as a draft candidate, instead choosing to go the route of a player who would be a 4-year rental, and a disturbance in the locker room his entire stint with Phoenix. Go figure.
The Suns do have a history of blowing draft picks in the late 2000’s and early 2010’s however, passing on players such as Marc Gasol, DeAndre Jordan, and even Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Imagine if the Suns’ front office was more competent. They could’ve had a roster consisting of Isaiah Thomas, C.J. McCollum, Kawhi Leonard, Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol. An offensive-minded backcourt paired with a defensive-minded frontcourt would wreak havoc on the Western Conference, maybe even giving the likes of the Warriors and Rockets a run for their money.