Player News - Suns

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Elie Okobo, Deandre Ayton and Josh Jackson will not play against the Spurs on Friday.

Okobo got hit in the head on Thursday and his vision was blurry, so he had to go to the hospital. Hopefully, he can resume activities in the coming days. If Okobo can get it going soon, he'll have a chance to compete for the backup PG minutes.
Jul 13 - 6:40 PM

Dragan Bender scored 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting with five rebounds, no fouls and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes during a loss to the Sixers on Thursday.

This was a much better shooting performance than he's been posting during this summer league, but he still has a long way to go with his underwhelming numbers this month. During an in-game interview tonight, GM Ryan McDonough said he believes Bender's issues are confidence based and he has to put it together this year, but the GM liked how he improved as a shooter last season. This will be his third season with the team and so far he's posted very pedestrian numbers. If he can't turn it around this year, the Suns may have to consider moving on from him.
Jul 12 - 8:43 PM

Shaquille Harrison scored 17 points with eight rebounds, six assists and three steals in a loss to the Sixers on Thursday.

He impressed again on the defensive end, locking it down and almost changing the outcome with two close calls near the end that could’ve come up as forced turnovers. Coach Igor Kokoskov has said of his defense, "That was unbelievable. Guarding the ball, locking the ball, that was a statement right from the beginning." Harrison also showed out on offense as well scoring his summer league high and getting a huge and one in crunch time. With how he's performed this month, we could see him with the big club more in 2018-19.
Jul 12 - 8:32 PM

Elie Okobo handed out two assists in one minute on Thursday.

He likely got hurt because he went to the locker room in the first quarter. We'll be looking for an update, but there was no indication it's serious. If Okobo is OK, he should be a factor the next time out, especially for his passing and defense.
Jul 12 - 8:21 PM

General manager Ryan McDonough said Brandon Knight has been fully cleared for 5-on-5 action.

The GM said that Knight practiced with the summer league team for a full week, and that the guard is learning the new system. He still has two more years left on his deal, and he's still just 26 years old. Knight is likely the favorite to start at PG and he has shown some flashes, so he's a possible player to watch in camp.
Jul 12 - 7:03 PM

Josh Jackson (rest) will not play on Thursday.

It'll be Mikal Bridges getting the start for Jackson today. The Suns have asked Jackson to be a key piece of the offense as the main isolation threat in Vegas, but he's struggled with efficiency -- he's made just 24% from the field. He'll be logging bigger minutes next year with the Suns playing a ton of small-ball lineups.
Jul 12 - 5:19 PM

Deandre Ayton said he thinks he can be an All-Star his rookie season.

"I’m trying to be Rookie of the Year and the first rookie [since Blake Griffin] to be an All-Star," Ayton told Yahoo Sports. "Just putting that pressure on me so I can go hard every day." He's looked great in limited minutes at Summer League, posting averages of 16.0 points, 11.0 boards and 1.0 block in 25.7 minutes per contest. He could be a walking double-double his rookie year.
Jul 11 - 1:18 PM

Mikal Bridges had four rebounds, two steals and one block in the Suns summer league win over the Magic on Monday.

He had a great performance on Friday but came out in this one with a dud not scoring a single point in roughly the same amount of minutes. This is obviously just one summer league game, but Bridges certainly has some work to do before we see any real fantasy value out of him.
Jul 9 - 11:46 PM

Deandre Ayton scored 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting and had 13 rebounds and one block in the Suns summer league win over the Magic on Monday.

Though his stat line doesn’t show it, he looked much better throughout the entire game compared to Saturday night. Ayton looked much more comfortable in this one and we saw a preview of how dominant he can potentially be this season. He’ll undoubtedly be in the starting lineup come October.
Jul 9 - 11:35 PM

Devin Booker has signed a five-year, $158 million maximum contract extension with the Suns.

He made the announcement on Twitter. "I am humbled & honored to commit to the Suns organization long term," Booker tweeted. "I loved calling Phoenix home the last 3 seasons as this team & community are special to me. Thank you to the Suns for drafting me and believing in me. I look forward to the future & pursuing a title as a Sun." Just a week ago we were talking about how Booker was upset that the Suns cut Tyler Ulis, but money can solve a lot of problems.
Jul 7 - 11:16 PM

Deandre Ayton scored 21 points with 12 rebounds, one steal, one block and no turnovers in 29 minutes during a 71-63 win over the Kings on Saturday.

This strong line is a little misleading because a good portion of it came in the last two minutes with the result decided. Before that outburst, the Suns are really struggling to get the ball to their No. 1 pick, especially in the first quarter -- his five offensive boards helped him. Ayton hasn't looked comfortable in the post yet, and he hasn't found his stroke on his jumper either. Those issues aside, he is 100 percent legit when it comes to his frame and his rim protection has been better, so it may start to click soon.
Jul 7 - 9:49 PM

Josh Jackson scored 10 points with one rebound, two assists, four turnovers and two blocks in 21 minutes against the Kings on Saturday.

He had to wear a mask to finish this game because Marvin Bagley caught him in the face. Jackson needed four sutures above his right eye, but he was fearless on the defensive end. President of basketball of operations James Jones said that the Suns want more consistency out of Jackson, so maybe he gets one more game in Vegas.
Jul 7 - 9:47 PM

Davon Reed scored 12 points with five rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes against the Kings on Saturday.

That's two really good games from Reed after an 18-point Friday. He's been disruptive on defense, and he's making plays on offense to go with his slashing style. The Suns pushed back his guarantee date until after summer league, and the swingman is making it tough on them with his strong play. He's probably going to have to be almost perfect to stay on the roster.
Jul 7 - 9:41 PM

Dragan Bender missed all five shots from the field for zero points with five rebounds, one steal and three turnovers in 24 minutes against the Kings on Saturday.

Four of his attempts were from deep and he wasn't interested in using his newly-added size. Bender is in his third summer league, but you certainly wouldn't know it based on how raw he still looks. It won't be long before Mikal Bridges leapfrogs him.
Jul 7 - 9:37 PM

Deandre Ayton scored 10 points with eight rebounds, three turnovers and one block in 22 minutes against the Mavs during a 92-85 win on Friday.

The Mavs threw a lot at the No. 1 pick with several double-teams and defensive pressure in a variety of ways. Ayton looked awfully tired after the first quarter, but the good news is he looked healthy after a mild back scare. He should play in a back-to-back set on Sacramento, but potential DFS players may want to make sure he doesn't show up on the injury report.
Jul 7 - 12:08 AM


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