Player News - Suns

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Devin Booker scored 27 points during a 128-121 overtime loss in Chicago on Friday, adding three rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 41 minutes

With the Suns down two, Booker was fouled on a 3-pointer with one second left in regulation. After he made the first two, Booker just missed the third to get this game to OT. He was furious with himself and chances are that miss will haunt him for a long time. Tonight aside, the Suns will be looking to their youth more often, which does include Booker despite how he's clearly the most untouchable player on their roster. He is trending up and hopefully more non-scoring stats are on the way.
Feb 25 - 12:53 AM

Marquese Chriss scored 17 points with seven rebounds, one assist, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Bulls on Friday.

There's absolutely no doubt Chriss is going to get more minutes going forward. Based on the comments from general manager Ryan McDonough, Chriss seems to be the No. 1 priority for the Suns youth movement, so he'll be getting minutes in the 30s more often -- he needs to avoid foul trouble. Chriss should be owned in all standard leagues with his multi-stat upside.
Feb 25 - 12:49 AM

Eric Bledsoe scored 17 points with seven rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, one block, two 3-pointers and five turnovers against the Bulls on Friday.

General manager Ryan McDonough did the rounds in the past couple days with interviews for the Phoenix TV broadcast and also on a local radio station. He talked about guys like Devin Booker and the youth movement, but didn't really mention Bledsoe as a guy to get big minutes. In other words, there's a chance he gets some games off at some point later this season because the Suns basically already know what they have with him. His fantasy owners may want to expect a decrease in his fantasy value going forward. Don't forget Bledsoe has already been rested one game this season.
Feb 25 - 12:43 AM
Alex Len - F/C - Suns

Alex Len got the start for a resting Tyson Chandler against the Bulls on Friday, scoring four points with seven rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 35 minutes.

He flopped big time with this massive opportunity. There will still be more chances coming for Len with the Suns saying they want to get a long look at him before he becomes a restricted free agent this summer. Alan Williams continues to outplay him, but Len is worth a pickup in standard leagues with Chandler certainly getting more rest going forward.
Feb 25 - 12:40 AM

Leandro Barbosa scored eight points with three rebounds, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 16 minutes against the Bulls on Friday.

The Suns are going with a youth movement, so Barbosa is likely going to get some nights off. Plus, the Suns will probably want to play Brandon Knight at some point to do something about his bottomed-out trade value. There's no need to add Barbosa anywhere.
Feb 25 - 12:37 AM

T.J. Warren scored 17 points with eight rebounds, two assists and two steals in 38 minutes against the Bulls on Friday.

With P.J. Tucker's defense, rebounding and hustle in Toronto, Warren's runaway is finally clear for takeoff. He still had some defensive goofs in this game, but his only backup is Derrick Jones Jr. right now unless the Suns go with three guards. Warren is worth owning in all standard leagues again.
Feb 25 - 12:35 AM

Tyler Ulis scored six points with two rebounds, four assists and one steal in 13 minutes against the Bulls on Friday.

He was the first guard off the bench and looks like he'll be staying in the rotation. After the game, coach Earl Watson talked about how the second unit took care of the ball and said Ulis did "a great job controlling the second unit." The Suns figure to get a look at Ulis the rest of the way, so he's on the radar in very deep leagues. He could be a difference maker very late in the season if the Suns opt to rest Eric Bledsoe.
Feb 25 - 12:33 AM

Alan Williams scored a career-high 16 points with three rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 15 minutes against the Bulls on Friday.

Coach Earl Watson loved what he saw out of Williams and called his effort "amazing" in the limited minutes. General manager Ryan McDonough said he wants to take a look at Williams before he becomes a restricted free agent, so there should be more games like this one on the horizon. Still, Tyson Chandler probably won't rest in every game, so Big Sauce is only an add in very deep leagues.
Feb 25 - 12:29 AM

Derrick Jones Jr. played a career-high 14 minutes against the Bulls on Friday with six points, two rebounds and two assists.

Based on some comments earlier today, the Suns are apparently going to take a look at Airplane Mode, who had two fantastic dunks for his only field goals. Jones Jr. is not exactly an offensive threat, so leave him on the wire just about everywhere. Although, we love the highlights and the video of his best dunk tonight is in the link below.
Source: NBA
Feb 25 - 12:26 AM

Jared Dudley played 20 minutes against the Bulls on Friday with three points, one rebound and one assist.

He was Marquese Chriss' backup tonight and that may continue until Dragan Bender (ankle) can return. The Suns are hoping Bender can return next month, so Dudley's low upside could only last for a couple weeks. Most owners should be able to do better.
Feb 25 - 12:21 AM

Tyson Chandler was a DNP-CD on Friday against the Bulls.

On Arizona Sports radio today, general manager Ryan McDonough hinted that the team talked to Chandler to make sure it was OK that his role would diminish with the youth movement. McDonough called Chandler "phenomenal" about accepting the change, and added they would've considered trading him if Chandler wasn't OK with that. He probably won't rest every game, but there's no doubt this won't be the last time he is out of the lineup going forward. He's a drop candidate due to the incoming DNPs.
Feb 25 - 12:18 AM

Brandon Knight was a DNP-CD on Friday.

With the Suns wanting to get a look at Tyler Ulis, Knight just won't have any opportunity unless Eric Bledsoe or Devin Booker miss a game. Drop him.
Feb 25 - 12:15 AM

Tyson Chandler will come off the bench on Friday vs. the Bulls.

The Suns are going nowhere this season and are building towards the future, so Chandler's minutes are likely going to trend down the rest of the way. Expect Alex Len, Marquese Chriss and possibly even Alan Williams to get more opportunities going forward at the expense of the veteran center. His owners should see what his role looks like tonight before making a roster move, unless of course that move is to add Len.
Feb 24 - 8:02 PM
Alex Len - F/C - Suns

Alex Len is listed as the starter for Friday against the Bulls.

Well, it looks like the youth movement didn't take long for the Suns. General manager Ryan McDonough mentioned Len will be playing a lot more going forward as the team wants to get a look at Len before he becomes a restricted free agent. Plus, the GM said Tyson Chandler was "phenomenal" about his new role as being more of a coach for the young guys. If you need a big man, you might want to add Len.
Feb 24 - 7:28 PM

Suns waive F Mike Scott.

He is likely to clear waivers and could get some interest as a stretch four. Scott being hurt this season hurt his chances to get run, especially with Paul Millsap healthy for most of the season.
Source: NBA.com
Feb 24 - 7:12 PM


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