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Report: Suns Passed on Kawhi Leonard in Draft Partially Because of Nervous Interview

Report: Suns Passed on Kawhi Leonard in Draft Partially Because of Nervous Interview
Published On: Thu, May 11
May 8, 2016; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) reacts after a play against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the fourth quarter in game four of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Phoenix Suns probably regret this one.

The Arizona Republic reports the story of how Phoenix passed on Kawhi Leonard with the 13th pick in the 2011 Draft because of questions about his shot and nervousness during his pre-draft interview.

The Suns, of course, selected Markieff Morris, who Phoenix and eventually traded for the No. 13 pick in the 2016 draft (Georgios Papagiannis).

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.

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