Devin Booker and Kendall Jenner?

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I want to see all of Booker's minutes (and energy) on the court playing the position at which
he excels -- Shooting Guard.

With Point Guards playing the position at which they excel . . . and feeding our top scorer,
as well as playing tight defense against opposing Point Guards.

And discouraging the overwhelming amount of double- and triple-teams against Booker.

Put your players in the best position to excel. Evolution hasn't changed that.

The evidence? The Suns dismal decade playing guys out of position.

Why defend the Suns' status quo when the status quo has sucked?

See, this post isn't all black and white. It's red, too. :D (And green.)

The NBA is headed towards position-less basketball. It's the new era.

Players will be able to stay on the court more if they can guard multiple positions on defense and play multiple positions on offense. A lot of the new terminology will trend towards talk about guards and wings (and perhaps a big man) and less about positions 1-5.

There is still room for players to play one position but if a player can play multiple positions they have an edge.
 

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I want to see all of Booker's minutes (and energy) on the court playing the position at which
he excels -- Shooting Guard.

With Point Guards playing the position at which they excel . . . and feeding our top scorer,
as well as playing tight defense against opposing Point Guards.

And discouraging the overwhelming amount of double- and triple-teams against Booker.

Put your players in the best position to excel. Evolution hasn't changed that.

The evidence? The Suns dismal decade playing guys out of position.

Why defend the Suns' status quo when the status quo has sucked?

See, this post isn't all black and white. It's red, too. :D (And green.)

This idea that you have that someone, or multiple players, playing out of position equals failure is false and it's not hard to prove that.

The best year in the last decade came with the team's 2 best players playing out of position, or one of them out of position, when Dragic & Bledsoe shared backcourt duties in Hornacek's first year as coach. The Suns went 48-34 that year and missed the playoffs only because the west was historically good that season and the injury bug bit at inopportune times. You ignore that entirely because it doesn't fit the narrative you're pushing. It goes beyond Bledsoe and Dragic also. Both Channing Frye and Markieff Morris saw a lot of time at Center, which neither are, and saw Tucker and Marcus Morris playing PF for the first times in their careers. I know those 2 play PF now neither saw extended time at PF for 4 more seasons so it definitely was out of the ordinary that year.

Then there was last season, when the Suns played their best basketball they had someone out of position since the best lineup was clearly Rubio, Booker, Oubre, Bridges, and Ayton. Neither Oubre or Bridges is a PF yet that lineup was the Suns best and stats back that up since they outscored their opponents 18.5 points per 100 possessions with that lineup on the floor.

Before you claim that injuries were caused by playing out of position look into who played out position before blaming that reason. Oubre stayed at SF while Bridges was moved into the starting PF role, so it wasn't Oubre covering PF that caused his injury. It's more Oubre's play style, which is a bit reckless, since he's suffered injuries that caused him to miss considerable time each of his 2 years in Phoenix. Perhaps he's not able to play starters minutes at the style he does but that's a different discussion and likely more of a cause for his injuries since he didn't miss much time in his first 3 years in Washington as a reserve.

You can look around the league though and see that more and more players are playing multiple positions throughout each game, especially when it comes to All-Stars like Booker. Looking at the All-Star teams this year and it's quicker to name the players who only play 1 position than those who play multiple because Chris Paul, Joel Embiid, and Nikola Jokic are the only guys who play 1 position 90% of the time, or more. Even those guys are seeing their roles change though. Chris Paul has played off the ball more the last few years with Harden previously and alongside Shai and Schroeder in OKC this year. Joel Embiid has played on the perimeter a little more now that the Sixers have Horford to play alongside him but Embiid is the larger player and stays at C more often than not. Nikola Jokic plays Center almost exclusively but how he plays Center is different than previous generations since he's also the Nuggets primary playmaker, which is a role that PG handled primarily up until recently.

So the league is changing, you don't need to like it but you can't attribute the Suns failure to it when the best players in the league play multiple positions and the Suns have played at their best over the last decade when they're playing someone, or multiple players, out of position.
 
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