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Updated Jun 27, 2013 - 2:10 pm

Uncertainty reins on draft day for Suns, others

One can certainly make the argument that there has never been this much uncertainty surrounding the NBA Draft.

Not only is the consensus that this draft doesn't have too many game-changing players in it, but nobody seems to have any inkling what order those players will be picked.

In ArizonaSports.com's Mock Draft Tracker, 20 of the foremost draft experts have given their predictions. The majority (13) of the panelists have Kentucky's Nerlens Noel being the top overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

But other panelists have Maryland's Alex Len, Kansas' Ben McLemore and Georgetown's Otto Porter as the number one selection.

The uncertainty trickles all the way through the first round, according to the experts.

The Phoenix Suns have two first-round draft picks in this year's event. The experts have five different possibilities for the Suns with the number five overall pick. Indiana shooting guard Victor Oladipo is the most popular pick, with eight panelists projecting he'll be the Suns' pick. McLemore showed up on seven mock drafts, Len on three and Syracuse guard Michael Carter-Williams and UNLV forward Anthony Bennett showing up on one each.

Think that's uncertainty? The experts have 16 different possibilities for the Suns with their second first-round pick -- 30th overall.

Kentucky shooting guard Archie Goodwin shows up on three mocks, and San Diego State wing Jamaal Franklin and Glen Rice, Jr. of the NBA D-League via Georgia Tech each show up on two.

Chad Ford - ESPN.comAlex Len, C, MarylandErick Green, PG, Virginia Tech
ESPN ExpertsMichael Carter-Williams, PG, SyracuseRyan Kelly, PF, Duke
David Aldridge - NBA.comVictor Oladipo, SG, IndianaGiannis Adetokunbo, SF, Greece
Scott Howard-Cooper - NBA.comAlex Len, C, MarylandTim Hardaway Jr., SG, Michigan
Chris Mannix - SI.comVictor Oladipo, SG, IndianaAllan Crabbe, SG, California
Sean Deveney - Sporting NewsBen McLemore, SG, KansasTony Snell, SG, New Mexico
Joe Kotoch - Sheridan HoopsBen McLemore, SG, KansasMike Muscala, C, Bucknell
NBADraft.netVictor Oladipo, SG, IndianaJamaal Franklin, SG, San Diego State
Matt Moore - CBS SportsVictor Oladipo, SG, IndianaJeff Withey, C, Kansas
Gary Parrish - CBS SportsVictor Oladipo, SG, IndianaGlen Rice Jr., SG, Georgia Tech
Draft ExpressVictor Oladipo, SG, IndianaPierre Jackson, PG, Baylor
Joel Brigham - HoopsworldAnthony Bennett, PF, UNLVRicky Ledo, PG, Providence
Yannis Koutroupis - HoopsworldBen McLemore, SG, KansasColton Iverson, C, Colorado State
Steve Kyler - HoopsworldBen McLemore, SG, KansasIsaiah Canaan, PG, Murray State
Alex Kennedy - HoopsworldVictor Oladipo, SG, IndianaNate Wolters, SG, South Dakota State
Aran Smith - HoopshypeVictor Oladipo, SG, IndianaJamaal Franklin, SG, San Diego State
Steve Alexander - RotoworldBen McLemore, SG, KansasArchie Goodwin, SG, Kentucky
Kris Habbas - NBA Draft InsiderBen McLemore, SG, KansasArchie Goodwin, SG, Kentucky
Adi Joseph - USA TodayAlex Len, C, MarylandGlen Rice Jr., SG, Georgia Tech
Mitch Lawrence - NY Daily NewsBen McLemore, SG, KansasArchie Goodwin, SG, Kentucky

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School: Arizona State University

When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: October 2011

Favorite sports memory: Watching Cardinals win NFC Championship over Philly in January 2009 with my Dad...ASU wins 1987 Rose Bowl...Suns defeat Lakers in 1990 NBA Playoffs...2001 World Series

Favorite all-time athletes: Don Mattingly, Jeff Hornacek, Walter Davis, Anquan Boldin

Favorite sports movies: Friday Night Lights, The Natural, Hoosiers

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