Let’s start off with a recap of his draft history
1995 NBA Draft
Bryan Colangelo selected Michael Finley with the 21st pick, Mario Bennett with the 27th pick, and Chris Carr with the 56th pick.
1996 NBA Draft
Bryan Colangelo selected Steve Nash with the 15th pick. He then used two second round picks on Russ Millard (39th pick) and Ben Davis (43rd pick).
1997 NBA Draft
No first round pick, but the Suns did hold a pick in the middle of the second round. Bryan Colangelo selected Stephen Jackson with the 43rd pick.
1998 NBA Draft
No draft picks
1999 NBA Draft
Bryan Colangelo selected Shawn Marion with the 9th pick of the draft.
2000 NBA Draft
Bryan Colangelo selected Iakovos Tsakalidis with the 25th overall pick.
2001 NBA Draft
No first round draft pick, but the team held a low second round pick. Bryan Colangelo choose Alton Ford with the 51st pick.
2002 NBA Draft
Bryan Colangelo drafted Amare Stoudemire with the 9th pick, and then added Casey Jacobsen with the 22nd pick.
2003 NBA Draft
Bryan Colangelo held one mid first round draft, and traded a future first to pick up another pick in the first round. He used the Suns own draft pick, the 17th pick, on Zarko Cabarkapa. Colangelo then selected Leandrinho Barbosa with a late first rounder from San Antonio.
2004 NBA Draft
No draft picks used — the pick was traded on draft day for a future first rounder and some other pieces.
2005 NBA Draft
The Suns held two draft picks but traded both of them. Their first rounder was traded, along with Quentin Richardson, to the Knicks in return for Kurt Thomas and a draft pick which became Dijon Thompson (54th pick). While their late second rounder was sold to Orlando.
2006 NBA Draft
Bryan Colangelo used the first overall selection to draft Andrea Bargnani. He subsequently added PJ Tucker (35th pick) and Edin Bavcic (56th pick) in the second round.
2007 NBA Draft
No draft picks
2008 NBA Draft
The draft pick was traded in a multi-player package in order to acquire Jermaine O’Neal.
Bryan Colangelo made
- Three lottery picks — Andrea Bargnani (2006 — 1st pick), Shawn Marion (1999 — 9th pick), and Amare Stoudemire (2002 — 9th pick)
- Two mid first round pick — Steve Nash (1996 — 15th pick), Zarko Cabarkapa (2003 — 17th pick)
- Five late first round picks — Michael Finley (1995 — 21st pick), Iakovos Tsakalidis (2000 — 25th pick), Mario Bennett (1995 — 27th pick), Casey Jacobsen (2002 — 22nd pick), Leandrinho Barbosa (2003 — 28th pick)
- A bunch of second round picks — Chris Carr (1995 — 56th pick), Russ Millard (1996 — 39th pick) and Ben Davis (1996 — 43rd pick), Stephen Jackson (1997 — 43rd pick), Alton Ford (2001 — 51st pick), Dijon Thompson (2005 — 54th pick), PJ Tucker (2006 — 35th pick), and Edin Bavcic (2006 — 56th pick)
That looks like a fantastic draft record to me … well, that is, when Bryan Colangelo actually has and uses a pick.
I thought he did an excellent job selecting Shawn Marion and Amare Stoudemire. Colangelo also did excellent work drafting Steve Nash, Michael Finley and Barbosa.
To me, there only seems to be two questionable first round picks — Andrea Bargnani and Zarko Cabarkapa — neither pick bothers me greatly but I know they bother other folks so they’re worth highlighting. The Cabarkapa pick was a mistake, a fairly bad one, but I did think he looked interesting at the time so I don’t judge Colangelo harshly for that pick.
Onto the second round, two excellent picks in Stephen Jackson and Chris Carr. One solid pick in PJ Tucker. Four players who I can’t for the life of me remember, and one other decent pick in Thompson.
When Bryan Colangelo keeps his draft picks, and uses them, he does a very good job.