The Suns failed to secure a point guard in the offseason, and they might be looking to use Devin Booker there more, but at the moment De’Anthony Melton has produced to their liking, and is getting more run at the position. Booker is the high usage option on the team, and can play both guard positions if needed. Mikal Bridges, T.J. Warren, and Josh Jackson have all been logging starts at both small forward positions, and adding in Kelly Oubre to the mix will give them some options if they want to get different looks in the lineup. Deandre Ayton was the first overall draft pick, and he also locked in the starting center spot at the beginning of the year. Not much has changed here as they look to get their franchise center as much run as needed to get his skills ready for the future.
Preseason Analysis: Excitement is Building Phoenix
The Suns had the number one overall pick this offseason, and took DeAndre Ayton. The Suns have been drafting bigs for the last few seasons, but none of them stood out to the organization as a piece to build around. Ayton has the looks to be that player, and Phoenix is going to throw him into a solid role from year one on. Phoenix cleared out some depth in the front court. Alan Williams and Alex Len are gone, but they recently did just trade for Richaun Holmes. The Suns are also expected to use Trevor Ariza at the four, which gives them a much better defensive presence than guys like Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender.
Both these guys got significant run last season, but were very inconsistent fantasy options. It is hard to imagine them get heavy minutes with the depth in front of them. Tyson Chandler is still on the roster, but will either be bought out or a healthy scratch most nights. The Suns drafted Josh Jackson last offseason, and when Devin Booker and TJ Warren went down with injuries, Jackson took a major step in usage. While Booker is still going to dominate usage when healthy, Jackson is someone to keep an eye on in year two. Phoenix also drafted Mikal Bridges in this past draft, and he can play a variety of positions, but it is hard to see him jumping over anyone in year one. T.J. Warren still has a strong role, but that usage will take a small hit this season. It is hard to expect massive fantasy production from him, but he will be a steady play given the Suns offensive pace. Booker signed his extension with Phoenix, and is the player for the future. With no point guard in play, we have to wonder if Booker will get his playing time there which opens up the door for Jackson to play alongside him, and then Warren at the three.