The Suns' two best players are point guards.

The upcoming NBA draft will have at least five first-round picks who are projected as eventual starting point guards.

So how does one work with the other? The Suns still have reasons to consider drafting a point guard because: Eric Bledsoe is a restricted free agent, and well-laid plans to secure him could go awry; Goran Dragic can opt out of his contract next year; The Suns showed the need for a third point guard, and Ish Smith is entering a team-option year; and the Suns now have complete basketball control of D-League affiliate Bakersfield to develop a player in a mirror-image minor-league system.

At the draft combine here, the Suns even interviewed point-guard options like Australia's Dante Exum and Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart, who are pegged to go ahead of their likely top draft slot at No. 14, pending Tuesday's draft lottery. Exum is an 18-year-old mystery full of intrigue and potential in a 6-foot-6 package. Smart figured to be a high lottery pick a year ago before he returned to Oklahoma State for a sophomore season that made headlines for shoving a trash-talking road fan but also refined a physical game that gets likened to Deron Williams.

"I matured a lot more," Smart said. "My maturity was already at a high level. I was able to go through some adversity and learn some things to prepare me for what's in my future."

Syracuse's Tyler Ennis, UCLA's Zach LaVine (a combo guard), Louisiana-Lafayette's Elfrid Payton and Connecticut's Shabazz Napier make up the point-guard crop that the Suns likely would have a chance to draft with the 14th, 18th and 27th picks, barring their expected attempts to trade one or two picks.

Ennis, who is 6-2½ and 182 pounds, is leaving Syracuse after one season in which he averaged 12.9 points and 5.5 assists with 41 percent shooting. He is a pass-first point guard who expects to surprise teams with his shooting and will also have to improve his strength and defense to be like his idols — Jason Kidd and Tony Parker.

"I have the ability to lead a team," Ennis said. "I have the ability to make others better, and I think I'm able to put that together into a true point guard that can also score when my team needs it. I think there's a lot of guys that can really score the ball. A lot of guys can maybe score better than me but none can put together the whole package as a point guard better than I can in this draft."

LaVine is a shooter who has been an athletic hit, recording the fastest combine time in a lane-agility drill, but he also needs strength and will have to convince teams of his playmaking ability and instincts.