Suns updates and discussion for the 2019-20 season

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    I think we still need a PF even if Saric comes back, as Saric would play back-up 4/5. He is still not good or athletic enough to start.

    Again, in my opinion, offseason priorities have to be the following, in order:

    1. Starting Power Forward
    2. Back-up Scoring Shooting Guard or Combo Guard
    3. Back-up Center

    The only one of those three that Saric MIGHT fill is #3, in which case we would still need a banging #3 center.
     
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    HoopsHype polled NBA executives who selected Devin Booker as the third best player under 25 they would build a team around. Luka was number one and Jayson Tatum was number two.

    By Michael Scotto | September 21, 2020:


    Booker was the hottest player in the league during the seeding games in the bubble leading the Suns to an 8-0 record while averaging 30.5 points on 50.3 percent shooting, 6.0 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game.

    The first-time All-Star showed his durability by playing the second-most minutes in the league (2,512) while getting to the line for the third-most free throws (468).

    The 6-foot-5 guard can become one of the league’s top players if he works on the other end of the court, according to the executives and scouts polled.

    “He’s more of a pure scorer and shooter, but he doesn’t defend much,” as one executive noted.


    https://hoopshype.com/lists/nba-execs-poll-luka-doncic-top-young-talent-zion-williamson/
     
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    Good to see Book get some more recognition. I know he doesn't own much but I think Fitz being part of the ownership group now could help us with retaining Booker because Fitz has Sarver's ear and should be telling him how lucky the franchise is to have Devin. You don't stumble onto franchise players often, especially late in the lotto and when you do you need you to go all out to keep them. He's happy, keep him happy. If things get bad for the ownership group then they can always sell for a big profit, even with the pandemic. Sure, they may not net 1 billion but it'll be double what Sarver paid, at least. That's got to be a win, especially when combined with the annual income they've all made.

    I just really hope the journey to respectability and contention that was started last season doesn't get sidetracked for any reason because we have the chance to be the next Denver Nuggets type of team provided Sarver doesn't go crazy trying to turn a profit in this weird sort of times we're in. He doesn't need to spend a ton either, just keep at the cap line this season and hopefully fans will be back by the following year and things will start to look normal in 2022 and beyond.
     
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    He is still a sub-par defender, but it's not due to lack of effort.
     
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    This is exactly what I was thinking as well... it was a label that had stuck with him.

    As long as Booker gets the support from those polled now, I was willing to let that one slide.
     
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    Who do you want at starting PF assuming Harrell and Ibaka sign elsewhere and Orlando doesn’t make Gordon available?
     
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    As someone who mercilessly called out Book for his horrific D since he's been here, I posted this in December:

    The days of questioning Book's Defense are over (presuming he doesn't regress). Saying "he doesn't defend much" is a pre 2019-2020 evaluation that has no merit today.

    While it's true he'll never be elite, he still can be solid. All credit goes to Monty who has completely transformed this franchises's mentality on the Defensive end.
     
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    Trade for Lauri Markkanen, Julius Randle, Bobby Portis or Myles Turner. Or sign Derrick Favors. Or sign Paul Millsap as a short term stop-gap. Or trade up to draft Toppin or Okongwu. Or draft Smith or Williams at 10. We have options other than going soft and weak.
     
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    Not Frank the tank and Saric they just slow.
     
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    Indeed. Too slow to play power forward and too soft and weak to play center. Heck, Kaminsky is too soft to play power forward...
     
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    They can play, especially Saric, but they are not speed demons. Neither are soft though.
     
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    Maybe we can get Charles Oakley from 98

    that will fit a certain someone’s wet dream for a PF and an outdated lineup
     
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    I already mentioned Harrell but he is ideally a 6th man who would backup Ayton.

    Myles Turner would be a nice rotation player.
     
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    Money, we ain't got any. We aren't going after any big contracts in trade or free agency. If, IF, we bring someone in, it will be someone that's low in a team's rotation or still tied to the G League. Maybe someone like Donta Hall, Christ Koumadje, Kyle Alexander, Eric Mika, Jared Uthoff or Devontae Cacok. Personally, I suspect our current group would easily outplay anyone our budget will allow us to acquire. And the same approach applies for whatever we do to shore up the backup shooting guard spot. JMO.
     
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