Suns select Georgia Tech's Lawal with 46th pick

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PHOENIX (AP) -- The Phoenix Suns have selected Gani Lawal of Georgia Tech with the 46th pick overall in the NBA draft.

Lawal left college after his junior season, when he averaged 13.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots. The Suns have
plenty of scorers, but the 6-foot-9, 234-pound forward could help address the team's need for rebounding and inside strength.

Phoenix had no first-round pick. It was sent to the then-Seattle SuperSonics, now Oklahoma City Thunder, as part of the Suns'
salary-dumping trade of Kurt Thomas in 2007.

The Suns made Thursday night's pick under unusual circumstances, with general manager Steve Kerr part of the decision-making process even though he has announced he will leave the organization when his contract expires next Wednesday.