Player News - Suns

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Eric Bledsoe made 5-of-13 from the field for 15 points with three rebounds, four assists, three steals, one block and four turnovers during a 109-94 loss to the Pacers on Wednesday.

There is some talk of Bledsoe improving on his jumper, but he hasn't made any shots outside of the paint in his last two games. On the positive side, he did make all five at the charity stripe to get him to a career-high 81.5 percent from the line with his career-high 5.6 attempts. He hasn't quite been up to par on the year, but he just needs to stay healthy.
Dec 8 - 12:50 AM
Alex Len - F/C - Suns

Alex Len fouled out in 16 minutes against the Pacers on Wednesday with nine points, two rebounds and two blocks.

That's two foul outs in a row for Len. The Suns are playing Tyson Chandler more than expected, which has caused Len's playing time to slide to 18.0 minutes per game over his last three. He could still have some value for his 1.5 blocks per game on the year and solid percentages, but Len is trending down a bit.
Dec 8 - 12:45 AM

Tyson Chandler played 32 minutes against the Pacers on Wednesday with 10 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals.

After his 11-minute return to the lineup on Nov. 25, the Suns are playing Chandler quite a bit. In those five, he's averaged 7.6 points, 9.6 boards, 1.2 assists, 0.6 blocks and 1.2 steals in 28.6 minutes. Chandler also is now up to 70.5 percent from the field on the year, which would lead the NBA if he qualified. He's probably worth owning in most leagues right now.
Dec 8 - 12:41 AM

Dragan Bender did not score in 11 minutes against the Pacers on Wednesday, but he had three rebounds and one steal.

The Suns continue to give Bender a look in the rotation. He's played seven games in a row, but has been very quiet on the stat sheet with 3.2 points per game on the year. Before the game, coach Earl Watson said Bender has gained eight pounds of muscle since the start of the year, so we have our first in-season muscle watch in a while. Bender has very little value.
Source: Suns TV
Dec 8 - 12:35 AM

Eric Bledsoe said he's worked on his jumper all summer.

"I know I can get to the rim," Bledsoe said. "Once I get [the jump shots] to fall, there’s going to be some problems." Bledsoe still only has a 41.5 effective field goal percentage on his shots on the season, but he's up to 48.5 eFG% in his last six. He's also been very busy over his last 10 with a team-high 29.1 usage rate in his 30.8 minutes per game. Expect plenty of big lines going forward.
Dec 7 - 12:32 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker finished with one steal and two turnovers in 21 minutes against the Jazz on Tuesday.

We're not kidding. Tucker didn't attempt a shot and failed to add any assists, rebounds or blocks. The Suns were giving him a ton of minutes prior to Tuesday and there's no word of any injury. Tucker had a nice two-game run last week with 17 points against the Hawks on Nov. 30 and 21 points against the Nuggets on Nov. 27, but feel free to move on unless he gets hot again.
Dec 7 - 12:26 AM

Brandon Knight scored 15 points on 6-of-18 shooting in Tuesday's loss to the Jazz.

He didn't have any triples, blocks or steals, but added seven rebounds and five assists in 27 minutes. His playing time has been all over the place this season in his sixth man role behind Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker, so his owners will be rooting for the Suns to trade him before the deadline. He's a low-end asset in standard leagues until his situation improves.
Dec 7 - 12:21 AM

Devin Booker scored 21 points with two rebounds, one assist, one steal, one triple and four turnovers against the Jazz on Tuesday.

This was his second game in a row with 21 points and he finished 9-of-13 from the field. The second-year SG has been steady over his last five games with averages of 19.2 points, 3.2 assists, 1.8 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 1.6 triples and his value is going to be safe all season long on the tanking Suns.
Dec 7 - 12:17 AM

T.J. Warren (head) has progressed to going through some light on-court drill work, although he remains without an official timetable to return.

Warren is dealing with an "unspecified head injury," which is both a strange and concerning injury, and Tuesday will mark his eighth consecutive game on the sidelines. With the lack of information coming out of Phoenix, It's impossible to speculate on when he'll be able to return, but he was a top-50 producer prior to going down so he has too much upside to outright cut in most settings. P.J. Tucker and Eric Bledsoe have emerged as the primary beneficiaries sans Warren.
Dec 6 - 5:20 PM

Brandon Knight hit 6-of-12 shots for 14 points, one rebound, two assists, three turnovers and zero 3-pointers in Saturday's loss to the Warriors.

T.J. Warren remains out with a mysterious head injury so Knight continues to get run for the Suns. He's been a popular fantasy addition in many leagues, averaging 15 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 3-pointers over his last five, but he's also hitting just 39 percent of his shots and outside of the scoring, the rest of his numbers leave a lot to be desired.
Dec 4 - 1:54 AM

Jared Dudley played just 13 minutes in Saturday's blowout loss to the Warriors, hitting 1-of-4 shots for two points, two rebounds and one assist.

This was basically his worst game of the season and a little surprising, as he had 17 points and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Hawks on Wednesday. The lopsided score had a lot to do with it, but the bottom line is that Dudley has been maddeningly inconsistent this season. We'd rather own P.J. Tucker.
Dec 4 - 1:48 AM

Devin Booker played 33 minutes and hit 8-of-17 shots and a 3-pointer for 21 points and five assists in Saturday's loss to the Warriors.

Booker's over his ankle injury and is averaging 17.2 points, 2.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.6 3-pointers over his last five games, while shooting 42 percent. While the shooting's a concern, now that he's finally healthy again he should start scoring in bunches. He's had 21, 13 and 30 points in each of his last three games.
Dec 4 - 1:44 AM

Eric Bledsoe hit 10-of-19 shots and five 3-pointers on his way to 27 points, five rebounds, four assists and five steals in Saturday's blowout 138-109 loss to the Warriors.

You hardly hear Bledsoe's name this season or see him in the highlight shows, but he's killing it, averaging 22.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 2.4 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.4 3-pointers over his last five games. He's returning fourth-round value for the season in leagues that don't count turnovers, and his value appears to be climbing right now.
Dec 4 - 1:42 AM

Tyson Chandler had just two points, nine rebounds and zero blocks in Saturday's blowout loss to the Warriors.

We thought this might be a decent matchup for TyChan as he can run the floor and he played 25 minutes, but only attempted one shot on the evening. He's not really doing much for the Suns, other than stunting the growth of Alex Len (17 minutes tonight), but he is averaging 6.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and .8 blocks over his last four games. He's fine if you're only looking for boards and a solid filed goal percentage, but that's about it.
Dec 4 - 1:36 AM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker had nine points, seven rebounds, two assists, a steal and a 3-pointer on 4-of-11 shooting against Kevin Durant and the Warriors on Sunday.

He came into this one hot and at least stayed relevant with the line and is averaging 12.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 3-pointers on 49 percent shooting over his last five games. It's possible you're holding a player doing less than that, so at least give Tucker a look as long as he's starting for the Suns.
Dec 4 - 1:29 AM


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