NBA Fantasy Baskeball Draft News 10-19-2015
Phoenix Suns Have Talented Youth on their Side and are Close To Becoming a Playoff Team
The Phoenix Suns showed early promise in the 2014-15 NBA season but faded following the All Star break to finish with a record of 39-43. They sat in the tenth seed in the west and trailed the eighth seeded New Orleans Pelicans by six games for the final playoff spot. Head coach Jeff Hornacek has been praised by media pundits about his handling of his young players on his roster and seems to be a very good x’s and o’s guy who with talent has the potential to coach a team far into the playoffs. The Suns selected 13th in the draft and went for a shooting guard as they took Devin Booker out of Kentucky. He was the fourth Wildcat taken as a lottery selection which broke a record. He came out of high school as a freshman and is 6’ 6” tall and shot well from the three point line hitting 41% at Kentucky. He will be tutored by a former shooting guard in the NBA in Hornacek. What makes Booker attractive is he has good length which will help him defend shooting guards because the Suns struggled last year with three point shooting defense. Like all rookies his playing time will be dictated on how well he defends and takes care of the basketball.
Phoenix Suns PG:
The fourth year pro played on three teams in the first four years in the NBA. He came to the Suns late last year from the Milwaukee Bucks. Last year Knight averaged 17 points per game dished out five assists and grabbed four rebounds. Shooting percentage had been an issue for Knight in his 11 games with Phoenix last year by hitting just 35.7% from the floor and 31% from three point distance which is well below his career marks in those categories.
Phoenix Suns SG:
The fifth year pro was locked up long term by the Phoenix Suns and enters his third year with the club. He is only 25 years old and played in 81 games last year. He averaged nearly 35 minutes a game and started to show some wear on the court. He had never played that much in his first three seasons with the Clippers and in his first year with the Suns. He shot 44.7% from the floor in 2014-15 dished six assists and grabbed five rebounds. Bledsoe is very fast with the ball and when healthy can break down defenses as long as he plays under control.
Phoenix Suns PF:
Morris is 26 and enters his fifth year in the league. He has been a reliable player for the Suns playing 81 or greater games in his past three seasons. The power forward shot 46.5% from the floor and 31.8% from three point distance last year. He put up 15 points a game plus grabbed six boards. Morris played a career high 31.5 minutes a game a season ago.
Phoenix Suns SF:
Tucker enters his fourth season with the Suns and his fifth overall in the league. After his rookie year in Toronto he was away from the NBA for six seasons having to work his way through the minors to tone his game. He played in 78 games last year and averaged 30 minutes with nine points plus 6 ½ rebounds per contest.
Phoenix Suns C:
The Suns center is 33 years old and has 14 years in the NBA. Because the Suns big men have outside shooting skills it will allow Chandler to have most of the paint to operate with which could give him rebounding and put back abilities on offense. Last year Chandler played in 75 games and averaged 30 minutes a game with 11 ½ boards plus 10 points per game.