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The Ridiculous Reason Why The Suns Did Not Draft Kawhi Leonard

(via Sportsnaut)

(via Sportsnaut)

To say the Phoenix Suns have been mismanaged for decades might actually be an understatement. Despite having some All-Time players pass through their roster, the franchise has never been able to bring a Championship to the city.

A series of bad decision making has plagued them since their inception in 1968.

One recent example of their questionable team-building methods is the reasoning behind their decision not to consider Kawhi Leonard in the 2011 Draft.

(per Dan Feldman of NBC Sports)

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.

Instead, Phoenix went with Markieff Morris at 13, while Kawhi was picked (and promptly traded) two spots later. Kawhi would go on to build himself an All-Time resume at just 27-years-old, making 3 All-Star teams, 3 All-NBA teams, 5 All-Defensive teams, becoming a 2x Defensive Player of the Year, and 2x Finals MVP.

It is a shame the Suns let body sweat get in the way of their chance at a guy like that.

This summer Leonard will be an unrestricted free agent and will be considering a lot of teams as he prepares for his next big contract. The Suns will not be in consideration.