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NAZ Suns Trade for the First Overall Pick in 2017 Draft

By Jacob Withee | October 20, 2017

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona Suns announced Friday that they have acquired the first overall pick in the 2017 NBA G League Draft.

In a trade with the Iowa Wolves, the Suns acquired the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA G League Draft and the returning player rights to Zach Andrews in exchange for the eighth pick in this year’s draft, the returning player rights to Elijah Millsap and the returning player rights to Michael Bryson.

The Suns still have three first round picks in the 2017 NBA G League Draft, now Nos. 1, 6 and 11. The draft begins at 10 a.m. MST Saturday.

Andrews, a 6-foot 9-inch 230-pound forward, last played for the Brisbane Bullets, a team in the National Basketball League (NBL) in Australia.

Andrews has played four seasons in the NBA G League. He last played with the then Iowa Energy and the then Los Angeles D-Fenders in 2015-16, averaging 5.1 points on 55.6 percent shooting, 3.6 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in the combined 21 games. He also earned four starts, averaging 13.9 minutes per game.

The new Suns forward began his G League career in 2011-12 with Los Angeles. Overall in the G League, Andrews has played 108 games (59 starts), averaging 7.6 points on 60.5 percent shooting, 6.1 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game. He earned an All NBA G League Honorable Mention in 2012. That season he tallied a career-high 9.3 points per game on 64.7 percent shooting, to go along with 7.3 rebounds per contest in 44 games (42 starts).

The 32-year-old went undrafted in 2007 coming out of Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.

Andrews originally made the D-Fenders squad as a local tryout in 2011, which eventually earned him a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.

He has also played internationally with the Libreville Izobé Dragons, the Sutor Basket Montegranaro, and the Fuerza Regia de Monterrey.

Northern Arizona traded away the returning player rights to Millsap, who most recently played for their parent club, the Phoenix Suns. Millsap was the second call-up in team history when he inked a deal with Phoenix on April 9.

For the NAZ Suns in their inaugural season, the 30-year-old led the team in scoring (19.7 points per game), steals (2.1 per game), minutes (37.0 per game) and double-doubles (13). He was second on the team behind current Charlotte Hornets forward Johnny O’Bryant in rebounding with 7.9 rebounds per game, and third on the team with 4.0 assists per game.

He was the only Suns player to start all 50 games last season, and was one of three players to play in all 50 Northern Arizona games on the year (Derek Cooke Jr., Josh Gray). He scored the most points in NAZ Suns history in their season finale on April 1 when he dropped a career-high 38 points on 12-of-24 shooting, including 7-of-12 from distance, against the Reno Bighorns. Millsap scored 30+ points four times and 20+ points 23 times in 2016-17.

The Suns also dealt away their first round pick from last year, Bryson. The 22-year-old averaged 5.1 points and 2.4 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per game. He played in 46 games, earning two starts.

Season tickets are now on sale for the Northern Arizona Suns’ second year in the NBA G League. Visit nazsuns.com/memberships to view available full or half season membership options at the Prescott Valley Event Center. Season tickets start at just $192 and come with a plethora of benefits, including first right of refusal for playoff tickets and exclusive events with the team.

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