Player News - Suns

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Alan Williams came off the bench for 14 points, 11 rebounds and a steal on 7-of-10 shooting in 28 minutes of Tuesday's 129-104 loss to the Kings.

The Suns' season is over and Big Sauce will try to build off this season's success next year. Tyson Chandler should be out of the picture in Phoenix, clearing the way for Sauce to compete with Alex Len for minutes at center. Williams averaged 11.3 points and 9.0 boards after the All-Star break, and those numbers will see a slight bump after tonight's performance.
Apr 12 - 1:08 AM

Tyler Ulis made the most of garbage time and 35 minutes to hit 10-of-25 shots and three 3-pointers for 27 points, four rebounds, six assists and a steal in Tuesday's 129-104 season-ending loss to the Kings.

If Eric Bledsoe wasn't around this season, we might be talking about Ulis as the Rookie of the Year. He averaged 12.7 points and 7.3 assists after the All-Star break, but with Bledsoe set to come back for the Suns next year after being shut down a few weeks ago, he might have trouble matching this season's success. However, the future is clearly about Ulis, so the Suns will likely try to find a way to move Bledsoe, or at least make sure Ulis gets enough minutes to succeed. Ulis scored between 20 and 34 points in four of his last five games of the season, helping savvy owners who picked him up win some fantasy championships.
Apr 12 - 1:06 AM

Marquese Chriss hit 8-of-19 shots and two 3-pointers for 22 points, seven rebounds, a steal and two blocks in Tuesday's season finale 129-104 loss to the Kings.

The Suns lost, but Chriss, Derrick Jones, T.J. Warren, Tyler Ulis and Alan Williams all played well against the Kings. Chriss had a nice season and will be a popular late mid-round fantasy pick next season, as the Suns should turn the power forward job over to him full time.
Apr 12 - 1:01 AM

Derrick Jones Jr. is starting against the Kings on Tuesday.

The rookie is looking at a heavy dose of minutes with Devin Booker resting. He's still not a great fantasy option with averages of 6.1 points and 4.9 rebounds in seven previous starts this season.
Apr 11 - 10:36 PM

Devin Booker (rest) has been ruled out of Tuesday's game vs. the Kings.

Phoenix's tank is steamrolling ahead, as a defeat in their season finale on Tuesday would give them 58 losses on the season and secure the second-worst record in the league. Derrick Jones, Ronnie Price and newly-signed Elijah Millsap will likely soak up most of the excess minutes created by Booker's absence.
Apr 11 - 12:57 PM

Brandon Knight said he's not sure what the future holds for him in Phoenix.

"Control what you can control," Knight said. "I can control being a professional. Everything else is out of my control." Knight has three years and $43.8 million remaining on his contract, but with three talented guards ahead of him in Phoenix in Devin Booker, Tyler Ulis and Eric Bledsoe, there simply isn't a role for him right now. There was a rumor that the Suns were willing to unload him for a second-round pick at the deadline, so their asking price will have to be very low this summer.
Apr 10 - 11:01 AM

Jarell Eddie's second 10-day contract with the Suns has expired.

The Suns will not sign him for the remainder of the season and will use the open roster spot to sign Elijah Millsap. Eddie averaged 4.8 points, 1.4 rebounds and 0.8 triples in five appearances for Phoenix.
Apr 10 - 10:28 AM

Devin Booker hit eight of his 15 field-goal attempts to finish with 21 points, three assists and two rebounds over 23 minutes Sunday against the Mavericks.

Booker moved ahead of Kobe Bryant for the fourth-most points (2,755) by a player before turning 21 years old in NBA history. Booker has emerged as a must-start fantasy option across all formats this season, showing that he can hold his own against the best in the league when it comes to filling up the scoring column. He'll be a fantasy asset for many years to come.
Apr 9 - 9:58 PM

Derrick Jones Jr. posted a career-high 15 points with three rebounds and three steals in 28 minutes off the bench Sunday against the Mavericks.

Despite the career-high point total, he still managed to hit just five of his 11 field-goal attempts. He remains useful only in the deepest of fantasy formats at this point, and he is worth a roll of the dice in DFS should T.J. Warren have his workload curtailed over the remainder of the season.
Apr 9 - 9:56 PM

T.J. Warren finished with 21 points, seven rebounds and two steals over 29 minutes in Sunday's 124-111 win against the Mavericks.

Warren knocked down each of his eight field-goal attempts, including two 3-pointers, while also going a perfect 3-for-3 from the charity stripe. He is the first Suns player to score 20-plus points while perfect from the floor and free-throw line since Steve Nash accomplished the feat Jan. 2, 2011.
Apr 9 - 9:51 PM

Marquese Chriss suffered a contusion in Sunday's game after knocking knees with a Dallas defender.

If Chriss is forced to the shelf down the stretch it would likely mean more playing time for Dragan Bender and Alan Williams. Bender rolled up 35 minutes off the bench in Sunday's victory.
Apr 9 - 9:12 PM

Elijah Millsap will sign for the Suns for the remainder of the season.

Elijah is Paul Millsap's younger brother and does have some NBA experience. He played a total of 67 games for the Jazz in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, averaging 4.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 0.9 steals. He's unlikely to make an impact for fantasy owners in the final three games of the season unless the Suns rest some of their young studs.
Apr 9 - 1:49 PM

Devin Booker took over late during a 120-99 win over the Thunder on Friday, scoring 37 points with five rebounds, four assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

The 13-game losing streak is over. Booker went berserk in the fourth quarter with 21 points, posting an outrageous 86.4 usage rate with an 82.3 true shooting percentage in those 7.7 minutes. Surprisingly, this was Booker's sixth 20-plus scoring quarter this season to be the top man in that department, passing Russell Westbrook and Stephen Curry. Booker is 20 years old and can already score with the best of them when he's on.
Apr 8 - 1:54 AM

T.J. Warren scored 23 points during a 120-99 win over the Thunder on Friday, adding one block and a career-high 16 rebounds.

He loves playing against the Thunder and has his career-high 30 points against them as well. The small-ball lineup was a huge success, so expect to see plenty of it the rest of the way. Warren's offseason is going to be an interesting one to watch, but he should be owned in all leagues the rest of the way.
Apr 8 - 1:45 AM

Marquese Chriss scored four points with one rebound, two steals and one block in 14 minutes against the Thunder on Friday.

Yuck. The Suns went with a smaller group on defense to limit Westbrook's assists to 3-point shooters. Expect Chriss to have a better game against the Mavs on Sunday. While he has cooled off, Chriss could still bust out.
Apr 8 - 1:41 AM


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