Player News - Suns

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Elie Okobo is being sent down for a G-League stint.

Okobo showed some flashes earlier in the season when he was forced into the starting lineup, but with Devin Booker and Isaiah Canaan healthy, he's been confined to minutes in the teens. He could make some noise towards the second half of the season once player development becomes the primary focus in Phoenix, but for now, he belongs on the waiver wire in most leagues.
Source: NBA
Nov 13 - 3:41 PM

Jamal Crawford scored 13 points with three rebounds and three assists in 17 minutes in Monday's game against Oklahoma City.

Crawford was one of two Suns reserves to score 13 points on the night, with rookie Mikal Bridges being the other. The veteran's minutes have been a bit inconsistent, which is understandable given the Suns' rebuilding project and resulting need to play the young players. But after playing 13 minutes in the Nov. 10 loss to New Orleans, Crawford played a season-high 17 minutes against Oklahoma City.
Nov 13 - 2:11 AM

Mikal Bridges had an impressive line vs. the Thunder on Monday with 13 points, four rebounds, three assists, two blocks, one steal and one triple in 26 minutes.

He's been making a case for more minutes and he's going to get them at some point with the Suns sitting at 2-11. Bridges was averaging 2.4 steals per 36 minutes prior to Monday and has solid all-around upside, but he's just a stash until he gets consistent run.
Nov 13 - 2:02 AM

Devin Booker scored 19 points with six assists, four rebounds and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes in Monday's game against Oklahoma City.

Booker, who scored just 12 points in Phoenix's Nov. 10 loss to New Orleans, shot 7-for-18 from the field and 1-for-4 from three Monday night. The fourth-year pro was quiet in the fourth, with Terrance Ferguson being the primary defender during a fourth quarter in which he shot 1-for-6 from the field and scored four points. Booker is just 11-for-30 from the field over his last two games, which comes on the heels of his 38-point effort (15-for-30 FG) in a November 8 loss to Boston.
Nov 12 - 11:47 PM

Deandre Ayton scored 14 points with seven rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot in 35 minutes in Monday's loss to Oklahoma City.

Ayton did shoot 6-for-10 from the field, but he was also responsible for five turnovers as Steven Adams gave him trouble for much of the evening. Following the game the rookie center vowed to be more aggressive moving forward, saying that he's "not coming out aggressive enough to set the tone." Ayton and the Suns return to action Wednesday against San Antonio, which limited him to 13 points and eight rebounds in a 30-point Spurs win on Halloween.
Nov 12 - 11:41 PM

T.J. Warren tallied 21 points, six rebounds, two steals, one blocked shot and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes in Monday's loss to Oklahoma City.

Warren, who shot 10-for-14 from the field, has now scored 21 points or more in three straight games. During this current run he's 26-for-47 (55.3%) from the field and 8-for-16 (50.0%) from beyond the arc. Warren't taken advantage of his opportunity to play more minutes, which could continue to be the case as Ryan Anderson picked up his second straight DNP-CD Monday night.
Nov 12 - 11:37 PM

Ryan Anderson did not play on Saturday because of back tightness.

The Suns didn't say anything about this before the game and he wasn't on the injury report. Regardless, Anderson isn't going to see many minutes while the Suns are remotely healthy.
Nov 10 - 11:54 PM

Devin Booker made 4-of-12 from the field for 12 points with one rebound, seven assists, two steals, four turnovers and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Pelicans during a 119-99 loss on Saturday.

He was locked down on defense by Wes Johnson and Jrue Holiday, and Booker put up easily his lowest usage rate on the season at 20.7 -- it was 26.5 against Toronto on Nov. 2. Booker has been a usage monster in all but two games with at least a 32.6, and his efficiency is improved while he's growing as a passer. He'll be putting up big numbers, especially if the Suns can continue to play teams close. A quick side note: Booker did have a minor back issue, but played through it.
Nov 10 - 9:42 PM

T.J. Warren scored 25 points with five rebounds, one assist, one steal, three blocks and four 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Pelicans on Saturday.

He did take a tumble under the basket and was a little gimpy as he checked out, but the game was in garbage time. Warren could be OK, but the Suns could list him on the injury report before Monday. Assuming he's OK, Warren gains some value because Ryan Anderson was a DNP-CD, so he likely will be starting for the foreseeable future.
Nov 10 - 9:38 PM

Deandre Ayton scored 20 points with 12 rebounds, one assist, one steal and two turnovers in 30 minutes against the Pelicans on Saturday.

He had some treatment on his knee on the bench today, and Ayton has played with a sleeve on his leg as well. He did check back in after receiving the treatment, so there's no reason to be alarmed here. Ayton got into foul trouble in the first quarter, and he was still able to hang a solid fantasy line. He's not playing like a rookie at all and he likely finishes with top-30 value on the season.
Nov 10 - 9:30 PM

Richaun Holmes scored two points with five rebounds and one block in 18 minutes against the Pelicans on Saturday.

Deandre Ayton could be dealing with a very minor knee issue, but Holmes saw extra minutes today because of garbage time and foul trouble for Ayton. Holmes isn't worth adding in most leagues yet, but he would be a hot pickup if Ayton needed to miss time.
Nov 10 - 9:27 PM

Josh Jackson made 4-of-11 from the field for nine points with five rebounds, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes against the Pelicans on Saturday.

He was used differently today as a backup four, and it was likely about the matchup because of Julius Randle. Jackson was checking in behind Devin Booker before today and played just five minutes on Thursday, so there's little reason to grab him with the uptick in minutes today. Plus, he's been brutal so far this year.
Nov 10 - 9:26 PM

Isaiah Canaan scored five points with three rebounds, six assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes against the Pelicans on Saturday.

Coach Igor Kokoskov said his guys were fatigued down the stretch last game, so that may explain why Canaan's minutes dropped from 42 on Thursday in the OT loss. Canaan should be able to produce dimes, steals, points and treys, but he will likely pull fantasy teams down in FG%. He could be worth a look depending on how he fits your team.
Nov 10 - 9:24 PM

Ryan Anderson picked up a DNP-CD against the Pelicans on Saturday.

It might have been because of the matchup against Julius Randle, but either way it's pretty obvious Anderson isn't in this team's long-term plans. He'll have more DNP-CDs coming his way this season and he should be dropped just about everywhere.
Nov 10 - 9:21 PM

Devin Booker made 15-of-30 from the field for 38 points with three rebounds, nine assists, three steals, six turnovers and four 3-pointers in 43 minutes during a 116-109 overtime loss to the Celtics.

The Suns looked like they had a win with an 80-65 lead at the end of the third, but their defense fell apart with Boston scoring 35 in the fourth. Booker was effective yet again in the fourth with 12 points in those nine minutes, and the fourth has been Booker's time to shine all season with a 68.8 TS% on a 37.2 usage rate. He showed his passing prowess a little more today and Booker will have plenty of big lines like this one all season.
Nov 9 - 12:10 AM


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