Phoenix has sort of a vacant position with the point guard spot, and it really stems to losing a few guys over the last few years. While they do have some potential options like Elie Okobo, De’Anthony Melton, and Shaquille Harrison, they are all guys that they are still not quite sure on. They might use them as a tryout, but patience wearing thin, they might just slide Devin Booker over and have him run the offense. This would be a bump for Booker’s production, and also open the door for Josh Jackson and T.J. Warren to get more work in.
Josh Jackson averaged 13 points per game last season, and four rebounds. Jackson’s role in the beginning of the year was pretty pedestrian, but when Devin Booker had a spell of injury trouble, Jackson started to gain more meaningful minutes. Jackson is an athletic shooting guard who can also play the three. Jackson was a sporadic shooter, and will need to improve on his shooting. The athleticism is there, and if Jackson can build on the defensive side, it would be a bigger help for the Phoenix Suns. They have been one of the worst defensive teams in the league over the last few seasons.
DeAndre Ayton has been dominating in preseason, averaging a double-double and also 2.5 blocks per game. Ayton is the Vegas favorite to win the Rookie Of The Year award, and is also in a spot where he should lead rookies in minutes and usage. Marvin Bagley and some of the younger guards could make a run at Ayton, but his early dominance looks like it will be a bit more consistent. If you are looking to gamble on Ayton, it seems like a pretty safe bet. If he can keep up the defensive stats, his all around game will be there.
The Suns made a couple of odd moves over the offseason, and one was signing Trevor Ariza and then trading for Ryan Anderson. Ariza helps on the defensive side and as a veteran presence in the locker room. Anderson does not give them much these days, and we would expect them to cut ways with Anderson at some point. The Suns already had T.J. Warren and drafted Mikal Bridges at the wing positions. While they could use Warren or Ariza at the four, it looks like Warren is going to be a bench player. It would not be a surprise to see the Suns part ways with one before the year is over.
Igor Kokoškov is a first year coach with the Suns, and it has been a while since the Suns have had a stable coach. Kokoškov has been coaching with the Jazz for the last few seasons. He is on the younger side at 46 years old. He is a product of Quin Snyder, who was up for Coach Of The Year last season. Kokoškov is being praised for his ability to create offense from whatever he has. The Suns have pushed the pace, and have been top ten the last few seasons, and that should continue in the Western Conference with their roster.