While the Phoenix Suns have had consistent rough seasons, their future is looking brighter as they push their win total. ESPN Ranked them at 25 of 30 teams, but 9 wins more at 28-54 shows a promising future.
The Suns key players Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton are both young and are on pace to become All Stars in the upcoming season. Their breakout season will be determined based on how well they play against the rest of the NBA.
Coming off his rookie season, Deandre Ayton averaged 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists. In his first pre-season game, he scored 18 points and had 13 rebounds as he’s looking to improve his season after being second place in the Rookie of the Year voting.
Devin Booker averaged 26 points and nearly 7 assists. Early in 2018, he said in a post-game interview, “I’m done with not making the playoffs.” Unfortunately, this past year was filled with losses that led to a complete shake up of the team and coaching staff.
Trading Forward TJ Warren for Cash seems to be a mistake for their spacing, but 23-year-old draftee Cam Johnson is looking to add 3-point shooting to the bench. Point Guard Ricky Rubio is coming off a 2019 FIBA World Cup and looking to add veteran experience to the team, which leads to more consistent play. The Suns also traded for Dario Saric, who will round out the starting lineup after averaging 11 points and 6 rebounds.
Phoenix Suns also signed Forward Frank Kaminsky and Center Aron Baynes who will be decent players coming off the bench.
Newly signed head coach Monty Williams is looking to develop one of the youngest teams in the league into future NBA finals contenders. Their improvement is nearly inevitable.
Monty Williams has coached since the 2005-2006 season and was Head Coach for the New Orleans Hornets and Pelicans for five years. He is looking to combine the Phoenix Suns’ young talent and veteran players to be a successful organization.
When asked about the team’s depth and newly updated roster, Williams stated on Media Day, “As I called it; we’re three deep at all five positions and that makes for some competitive basketball and a great environment for learning and growth.”
To win more games, the Phoenix Suns will need to grow as a team. Their two young stars Devin Booker or Deandre Ayton will need to reach the next level to become the next great players in the league.