The Suns have signed 2014 No. 18 pick Tyler Ennis, the team announced in conjunction with confirmation of its deal with 14th overall selection T.J. Warren. Ennis will likely make slightly more than $1.59MM this season, as our table of salaries for 2014 first-round picks shows.
The point guard from Syracuse made a run at becoming a top-10 pick before falling back. Still, the Raptors appeared to covet Ennis, a native of Ontario, eyeing him before the draft as well as after the Suns took him. Toronto has since re-signed Kyle Lowry and Greivis Vasquez, so it appears unlikely that they’ll continue to pursue him. The Suns have no shortage of point guards, either, but coach Jeff Hornacek frequently employs lineups that feature two point guards.
Ennis displayed efficent ball-handling in his lone season with the Orange, averaging 5.5 assists against only 1.7 turnovers per game, a ratio of better than 3-to-1. He also tallied 12.9 points in 35.7 minutes per contest. He was more turnover prone in the small sample size of his five-game summer league stint with the Suns, averaging 3.2 assists against 2.6 turnovers per game.
Eddie Scarito of Hoops Rumors was among those who thought Ennis would become a top-10 pick, citing the 19-year-old’s intangibles in his Prospect Profile, while our Alex Lee had him going to the Raptors at No. 20 in the latest version of the Hoops Rumors Mock Draft.