Player News - Suns

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Suns GM Ryan McDonough said that he's never seen a player "improve as rapidly" as Devin Booker has.

Booker really took off during the second-half of the 2015-16 season when both Brandon Knight (hernia, ankle) and Eric Bledsoe (knee) went down, putting in averages of 19.2 points, 3.0 boards, 4.1 assists, 1.5 triples and 3.1 turnovers per contest, and it'll be interesting to see if Phoenix makes any offseason moves to open up more minutes for Booker next season.
Jul 24 - 2:15 PM

General manager Ryan McDonough said chances are Alan Williams will be on the Suns to start the season.

"We told him to plan on being around our group and keep coming in to work out," McDonough said. "He’s a native Phoenician so he’s here most of the time. He spent a ton of time in the gym and I think you see the improvement in his body and game as well."He was terrific in Las Vegas, earning an All-NBA Summer League 2016 First Team nod and leading the event in rebounding. He's still unlikely to make the rotation.
Jul 22 - 5:03 PM

Ryan McDonough said that Tyler Ulis "helped himself" with his performance this summer.

"I don’t think it really surprised us what he was able to do there," McDonough said. "It might’ve surprised some people around the league. We had him rated a lot higher than where he got picked early in the second round. What he was able to do certainly translated." He averaged 14.5 points, 6.3 assists and 2.8 steals this summer, but he likely won't see many minutes unless the Suns move either Brandon Knight or Eric Bledsoe.
Jul 22 - 12:46 PM

Suns GM Ryan McDonough said that Marquese Chriss' athleticism is "ridiculous."

"Marquese is obviously explosive laterally," McDonough said. "You saw anytime he got left or there was a miscommunication where he was open under the basket. You just go throw it in the vicinity in the rim and he’s going to go catch it and dunk it. His athleticism is ridiculous. I thought he played really hard, too. His summer league was cut short due to an illness, and while he did have some nice moments, he shot 33 percent from the field and missed all seven of his 3-pointers. He probably won't make a lot of noise right out of the gate.
Jul 22 - 12:40 PM

Suns GM Ryan McDonough was impressed with Dragan Bender's lateral movement during the summer league.

"Dragan, I think it surprised a lot of people how well he was able to slide laterally," McDonough said. "He moves his feet very well on the perimeter. He contains ball-handlers well. I think in the last game he played in the quarterfinals against Denver, he had four blocks, so the length is unique." Bender didn't exactly light up the summer league with averages of 8.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.0 blocks with 4.4 fouls and 3.8 turnovers on 27.5 percent shooting, so he's likely a couple years away from making an impact in the NBA.
Jul 22 - 12:36 PM

Devin Booker said that he played in Summer League to work on his leadership skills.

"Just getting acquainted with the younger guys and trying to teach them the ropes," Booker said. He said he's been focused on improving his body this summer, including "eating right" and "getting more flexible," and he was completely dominant against inferior competition in Las Vegas. As the Suns' presumptive starting SG, Booker is poised for a strong sophomore campaign.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 18 - 2:35 PM

Dragan Bender (sprained ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's summer league game vs. Minnesota.

Bender tweaked his ankle during Saturday's game, and while he played through the minor injury, the Suns don't want to risk him suffering something more sever on the second game of a back-to-back set. Bender is just 18 years old with a frail frame, and while he's loaded with talent, it'll likely take him a few years to really get going at the NBA level.
Jul 17 - 5:29 PM

Marquese Chriss (illness) will not suit up for Sunday's summer league game vs. the Timberwolves.

Dragan Bender (ankle) also won't be in uniform for Sunday's game, so we'll likely see a ton of Alan Williams and Troy Williams, neither of which are expected to make the opening night roster.
Jul 17 - 5:24 PM

Dragan Bender scored nine points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal, four blocks and two 3-pointers on Saturday.

He drew a shooting foul in the last second of a tie game, but Bender missed both free throws. Bender may have tweaked his ankle during this game, but he played through it after a brief trip to the locker room. He hasn't played great in Las Vegas, but he's shown off his skills as a forward. He'll play again on Sunday.
Jul 16 - 8:16 PM

Tyler Ulis hit a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat the Nuggets in overtime on Saturday, finishing with 19 points, one rebound, four assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.

While he is only 5'9", Ulis can play. All week long he's beat both bigs and smalls off the dribble while also setting up his teammates. Ulis isn't the most athletic guard out there and he's not a terrific shooter, but his skills as a ball-handler are outstanding. Still, he's not expected to get minutes in his rookie season.
Jul 16 - 8:14 PM

Marquese Chriss (illness) will not play on Saturday.

The Suns should be giving a lot of shots to Dragan Bender on the outside. Bender should also get a ton of looks at power forward today. As for Chriss, he was as-advertised with a lot of athleticism and some skill. He's not likely to get big minutes out of the gate.
Jul 16 - 6:13 PM

Marquese Chriss (illness) will not suit up for Thursday's summer league game vs. the Heat.

With Chriss getting the night off, we should get to see more Dragan Bender. Chriss is a talented young man, but he'll likely take some time to really get going during his rookie season.
Jul 14 - 6:15 PM

John Jenkins said that his preference would be to remain with the Suns.

"I want to be here," Jenkins said of the Suns. "I love how young we are and how we can grow and be better. I like it a lot." Jenkins will be fighting for a roster spot during training camp, but even if he does earn a spot on the opening night roster, he won't play enough in Phoenix to matter in any league.
Jul 14 - 5:08 PM

The Celtics are interested in Chase Budinger, according to Sean Deveney of the Sporting News.

The Celtics are still looking for a shooter, so their interest in Budinger would seem to make some sense. The 28-year-old wouldn't be looking at a big role with the Celtics and can be ignored in standard fantasy leagues no matter where he signs.
Jul 14 - 9:42 AM

Ronnie Price reportedly will not be retained by the Suns.

Price has reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with another club, although it's currently unclear exactly who he will be playing for. Either way, Price will be a backup with a limited role wherever he winds up, and he's not a name to consider in most fantasy leagues.
Jul 13 - 10:20 AM


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