The Phoenix Suns have gotten off to a bad start to the 2018-19 season. Currently, the team is sitting at 3-11 after defeating the San Antonio Spurs 116-96 Wednesday night.
This year’s Phoenix Suns team is loaded with young talent. Despite a successful 2018 NBA Draft, the Suns find themselves dead last in the Western Conference.
Obviously, the Suns are adjusting to their new head coach in Igor Kokoskov, who was hired in May, not to mention the franchise relieved Ryan McDonough from his general manager duties. In early September the franchises’ star, guard Devin Booker, had surgery on his right hand.
During this year’s draft, the Phoenix Suns selected Deandre Ayton, Mikal Bridges (via trade), Elie Okobo and George King. All four players have the ability to help push the franchise forward. However, after trading Eric Bledsoe away early last season the team never acquired another high-caliber point guard.
Drafting Ayton was a great step in rebuilding this team. Fans and analysts instantly marveled at the potential of Booker and Ayton playing together, and in an interview on CBS Sports’ “Tiki and Tierney” in March, Ayton fueled the hype. He compared the young duo of him and Booker to Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant (which may be a bit of a reach).
That being said, the Suns have had a revolving door at the point guard position, and getting long-term stability there is huge for both Ayton and Bookers’ continued development.
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