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Enough about that now, it’s time to dive into the season predictions for the Suns. That’s why you’re here after-all.
There is optimism in the air in the Valley of the Sun regarding Phoenix Suns basketball that we haven’t seen since the Steve Nash days. It’s not just from Suns fans, either. Check out this feature I did for Bright Side of the Sun interviewing experts across the league about their expectations for the Suns this upcoming season, as they were just as bullish as most Suns fans tend to be.
Here’s what I think the final roster/depth chart will look like:
C- Deandre Ayton – Jalen Smith – Damian Jones
PF- Jae Crowder – Dario Saric – Frank Kaminsky
SF- Mikal Bridges – Cameron Johnson – Abdel Nader
SG- Devin Booker – Jevon Carter – Langston Galloway
PG- Chris Paul – Cam Payne – E’Twaun MooreTwo-way contract: Ty-Shon Alexander
AZ Sports Zone’s 19/20′ W-L Prediction: 43-29
Some members of #SunsTwitter Predictions are listed below: make sure to give them all a follow! *Link attached to their twitter handle.
(Listed from greatest to least)
- Steve Benko: 49-23
- Jon Phipps: 48-24
- SergingSuns: 48-24
- Blake Kimball: 48-24
- SwaveyQuis: 47-25
- EBoldy: 47-25
- Craig Hamil: 47-25
- Baynes Fan Club: 46-26
- Suns After Dark: 46-26
- Kris Hanson: 46-26
- Dom Tesoriero: 46-26
- TheRealestJMark: 46-26
- Mike Lisboa: 46-26
- Andrew Leezus: 45-27
- Michael Schwartz: 45-27
- Inside the Sun: 45-27
- Suns Geek: 45-27
- AZ_Guy6: 45-27
- Dave King: 45-27
- Jon Bloom: 44-28
- Sreekar: 44-28
- Xin Varlock: 44-28
- Maxmcc11: 44-28
- David Nash: 43-29
- Denholm Melrose: 43-29
- Sam Cooper: 43-29
- Scott Howard: 43-29
- Madison Kerley: 43-29
- Rohan Singh: 42-30
- NotRyanMcD: 42-30
- Suns Video Breakdown: 42-30
- ESPO: 41-31
- Lindsey Smith: 41-31
- Mike Vigil: 41-31
- Brendon Kleen: 41-31
- Alessandro Cozzi: 41-31
- Gerald Bourguet: 41-31
- Max Hodder: 41-31
- Cody Hunt: 41-31
- Kellan Olson: 40-32
- Saul Bookman: 40-32
- Jordan Kartchner: 40-32
- Ralph Amsden: 40-32
Let’s just say there is a LOT of optimism here. Not a single person below 40 wins in this entire group.
For the projected top 7 key rotation players along w/ some expectations below:
SG- Devin Booker: 27.5 PPG, 6.1 APG, 4.2 RPG, 1.0 SPG
All-Star? I’m thinking bigger. How about MVP? If Phoenix finishes in the top 5 in the West this season (which is entirely possible) I believe Booker will be getting some serious MVP love and could finish in the top 5 in MVP voting with an entire shift in his perception as a player nationally. My bold take is that he not only makes the All-Star Game, but he makes the All-NBA 2nd team. Not 3rd. 2nd.
PG- Chris Paul: 17.7 PPG, 8.7 APG, 4.6 RPG, 1.7 SPG
Statistically speaking this could be one of Paul’s best years yet due to the offensive system Monty has in place and when taking into account this team’s lack of shot creation outside of Devin Booker. He will also be surrounded by floor spacers and excellent cutters, meaning he will not only get more of a chance to take over offensively for himself, but he should pile up plenty of assists between the P&R with Deandre Ayton and hitting Mikal and Cam on backdoor cuts, and that’s not even mentioning the dimes he’ll drop in transition or to Jae Crowder in the corner. Health permitted, this could be an even better season than last year for Paul.
C- Deandre Ayton: 20.8 PPG, 12.2 RPG, 2.2 APG, 1.7 BPG
It won’t all be about the raw numbers for the big fella, as he could walk into 18-12 in his sleep with his physical tools and skill alone. He is the definition of an opportunistic scorer with the ability to clean up everything around the rim. I think Chris Paul is going to elevate his game to another level that we haven’t seen before and he will get easier looks than ever. The main area he needs to focus on will be his aggression and ability to get to the free throw line more often which will come down to being more assertive off the dribble and embracing contact.
F- Mikal Bridges: 13.3 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 2.2 APG, 1.7 SPG
Mikal Bridges. That is all. On the real though, I expect a breakout season of sorts from Mikal due to the need for him to fill some of that scoring output they lost on the wing in Kelly Oubre, and with Crowder and Cam being more complimentary pieces I think his aggression offensively will be paramount to their success on that side of the floor. The defense will be there. Now it’s about more self-creation and confidence on his jumper.
F- Jae Crowder: 10.2 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.9 APG, 1.1 SPG
Jae isn’t going to be lighting the box score up, his impact will come from his energy on both ends and ability to space the floor when needed. He should bring the intensity and toughness that was going to be sorely missed after trading away Kelly Oubre. What’s the over/under for scuffles and shoving matches Crowder is involved in this year… 10? 15? Either way, I’m looking forward to see him amplify that “dog” mentality to this team.
F- Cam Johnson: 10.8 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 1.5 APG, 0.9 SPG
Cam should have the green light to put up a bevy of threes this season and will have some big games. It’s all going to be about aggression and consistency from the seasoned sophomore. If he can replicate that Bubble success on the 2nd unit it would provide a much needed spark off the bench. It wouldn’t shock me if he beat Crowder out for the starting 4 spot by the end of the season.
F/C- Dario Saric: 11.1 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 2.2 APG, 0.7 SPG
Dario should finish top 5 in 6th Man of the Year voting should he stay healthy and replicate that “point center” role that he played for the Suns in the Bubble. He is currently on the mend and his health status is unknown, but hopefully he’s back out there early in the season and can lead the 2nd unit. If he doesn’t miss a ton of time I could easily see him winning 6MOY.
The guards: Jevon Carter, E’Twaun Moore, Langston Galloway, Cameron Payne (not predicting stats)
The Rooks: Jalen Smith, Ty-Shon Alexander (not predicting stats)
The rest of the reserves: Frank Kaminsky, Abdel Nader, Damian Jones (not predicting stats)
3 HOT TAKES:
- Dario Saric wins 6th Man of the Year.
- Devin Booker makes All-NBA 2nd Team.
- Deandre Ayton wins Most Improved Player.
Thanks for reading. Comment below with your predictions or hot takes!