Player News - Suns

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Josh Jackson played 22 minutes and hit 6-of-13 shots and two 3-pointers for 14 points, four rebounds, three assists and a block in Wednesday's win over the Spurs.

The minutes were the most he's played in nine games and it's not a coincidence that Trevor Ariza (personal) sat this one out. Jackson got off to a quick start with 18 points on opening night, but has pretty much been invisible ever since. This is a step in the right direction, but with Ariza not expected to miss much time, Jackson's not a pickup right now. He had scored in single digits in his previous five games, so just put him on your radar in case the Suns decide to start giving him more minutes going forward.
Nov 15 - 12:44 AM

Devin Booker hit 5-of-14 shots and two 3-pointers for 13 points, four rebounds, a career-high 12 assists, two steals and seven turnovers in 37 minutes in Wednesday's win over the visiting Spurs.

It was an inefficient night and the turnovers stunk, but his previous career high in assists was 11, which he set in his rookie season. You have to wonder if the 3-11 Suns eventually turn the point guard duties over to Booker and start Mikal Bridges over Isaiah Canaan, but regardless of if it happens, Booker's going to be good to go either way. He's scored in double digits in every game he's played in this season.
Nov 15 - 12:32 AM

Isaiah Canaan was on fire against the Spurs on Wednesday, hitting 7-of-8 shots and 5-of-5 3-pointers for 19 points, four rebounds, one assist and a steal in 32 minutes, as the Suns shocked the short-handed Pop's with a 116-96 win.

Canaan was obviously feeling it tonight and matched his season high in points, and set a new one in 3-pointers and shooting accuracy. He had scored a grand total of 13 points over his last three games, likely causing him to be dropped in many leagues, and while tonight's performance was encouraging, it's probably going to continue to be a bumpy fantasy ride with Canaan. Starting point guards aren't easy to come by on the waiver wire, so Canaan's at least worth a look in 12-team leagues, for as long as he's starting. But if you're in a 10-team league, you can probably do better.
Nov 15 - 12:26 AM

Deandre Ayton had 17 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and a steal on 8-of-11 shooting in 30 minutes as the Suns beat the short-handed Spurs 116-96 on Wednesday night.

Ayton has played in 14 NBA games and has double-doubled in nine of them, including four of his last five. He's not blocking shots at a high rate, but he's getting heavy minutes, shoots it extremely well from the field and (usually) the free throw line, and has nine steals and 10 blocks on the season thus far. If you drafted him, we're not sure you could have asked for much more through the first month of the season.
Nov 15 - 12:21 AM

With Trevor Ariza out (personal) Mikal Bridges made his first career start on Wednesday and hit 4-of-6 shots for eight points, two rebounds and a block in 25 minutes in a win over the Spurs.

Bridges had actually played really well in his previous game, so the exciting news of the start is lost in the shuffle due to the lack of production. He had a 13-4-3-2-1-1 line on Monday off the bench. The Suns like him and he's going to get run on such a bad team, so just put him on your radar for now. Ariza, presumably, won't be out for long.
Nov 15 - 12:17 AM

T.J. Warren hit 10-of-17 shots and three 3-pointers on his way to 27 points, four rebounds, two assists and three steals in 38 minutes and another start for the Suns, as they shocked the short-handed Spurs 116-96.

TJW went through a real rough patch, hitting just 3-of-14 shots with a missed game over a three-game streak from November 2 through November 6, when he was coming off the bench. He bottomed out with a 13-minute, zero-points performance against the Nets, which caused him to be dropped in some leagues. But he was then miraculously put into the starting lineup over Ryan Anderson, who is basically now out of the rotation, and has now scored between 21 and 29 points in four straight games. If he's somehow still available in your league, he shouldn't be.
Nov 15 - 12:08 AM

Mikal Bridges will get his first NBA start against the Spurs on Wednesday.

It's a big move for the Suns, who may finally want to see what their rookie can do with extended minutes because of no Trevor Ariza (personal). Bridges has been in the mold of Ariza with threes and steals, and the Suns like his positional flexibility. It's unknown how long Ariza will be out, but owners in competitive leagues will want to see how Bridges fares in the home game.
Nov 14 - 7:09 PM

Trevor Ariza (personal) is not with the team for Wednesday's game against the Spurs.

It's a home game for the Suns, so hopefully everything is OK with Ariza. With him out tonight, there should be a big opportunity for Josh Jackson and Mikal Bridges, so maybe they can earn more time going forward with extra minutes tonight. Ryan Anderson may get the start, but isn't worth using in most formats unless it's a stream.
Nov 14 - 7:04 PM

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


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