A preview of the 2022-23 Phoenix Suns – NBA Scouting Live

October 1St2022

Through Alan Lu

The Phoenix Suns have one of the best backcourt tandems in the NBA and are set to win many regular-season games this year.
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Matt York/Associated Press, on FiveThirtyEight)

Last year, the Phoenix Suns had a good season, culminating in them winning 64 regular-season games as league leaders under head coach Monty Williams due to a collection of very good starters, a deep bench and luck early and often win all year round. However, it had a turbulent, disastrous end They lost in Game 7 of Round 2 by a whopping 33 points to Luke Doncicis Dallas Mavericks.

During the offseason, they brought back most of their key players and re-signed starting center Deandre Ayton to re-anchor center for them. They have a superstar backcourt tandem in Chris Paul and Devin Booker and some of the best defensive players in the NBA in Mikal Bridges, DeAndre Ayton and Jae Crowder. They boast about having a deep and talented roster again, and if they can focus in the postseason, they could have a deep playoff run in 2023.

star player:
Devin Booker, Chris Paul, Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges

Devin Booker is a very skilled, agile sniper who can really shoot and hit the basketball, and he’s a solid decision maker who can also lead the point when needed. He also improved his defense last season and is one of the best players in the NBA.

Chris Paul is a future Hall of Fame point guard who is a passing caster and he will rack up many assists throughout the season. He’s a very skilled playmaker who shoots the ball very well and he’s a tenacious, courageous player who leads the team extremely well. He can be prone to injury at times, but he’s long been one of the best point guards in the game.

Deandre Ayton is a solid inside player who is the starting center for the Suns. He’s a good low post scorer who also has a pretty solid open game, and he can also pass the ball and knock down jumpers from mid-range. He also excels as a rebounder and shot blocker and will help his team protect the paint. He doesn’t have much of a three-point shot and might struggle a bit defending in space, but he’s a good starter in this league.

Mikal Bridges is a reliable 3 and D winger who shoots the ball very well, and he’s also one of the best defensive players in the NBA. He gets a lot of difficult defensive tasks and can defend several positions. He’s not really an isolation player, nor will he be a high volume scorer, but he’s a very good role player who will make team plays to help his team achieve wins.

Additions:
Damion Lee, Jock Landale and Josh Okogie

Damion Lee is a 3 and D-Wing player who can score moderately from the bench, and he also brings championship experience to this team, having been part of the 2022 Golden State Warriors last year.

Jock Landale is a great stretcher who can pass the ball and can provide a bit of rim protection at short runs, but his athletic limitations can reduce his role to a backup center that could get a run at the end of the player’s rotation type.

Josh Okogie is a very athletic defensive specialist who hasn’t shot the ball very well in this league. His offensive skills haven’t developed that much at the NBA level, so he probably won’t contribute much on the court for the Suns this year.

Subtractions:
Ja Vale McGee, Aaron vacationand Elfried Payton

Of the three players they lost during the offseason, the loss of McGee and Aaron Holiday could hurt their team more. McGee excelled as an energetic, rim-running big man and rim guard off the bench, and Aaron Holiday has been a consistent backup point guard in this league. The Suns lost a few good bench players, but they still have enough depth and talent to keep winning games.

Beginner:
none

They have not drafted or signed any rookies who are expected to make up their roster for the upcoming 2022-23 NBA season.

Expected rotation:

Devin Booker, Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton will lead the Phoenix Suns to many wins this season.
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Planned starting lineup:

C Deandre Ayton

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f Jae Crowder

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f Mikal Bridges

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G Devin Booker

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G ChrisPaul

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Key Bank Players:

Cameron Johnson leads a group of solid bench players who will help the Phoenix Suns next season.
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Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images, via SB Nation’s Tar Heel Blog)

f CameronJohnson

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f Dario Saric

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GF Damion Lee

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G Landry Shamet

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G Cameron Payne

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The rest of the list (expected to form the team):

G Duane Washington Jr. (Two ways)

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GF Torrey Craig

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C Bismack Biyombo

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C Jock Landale

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GF Josh Okogie

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GF Isch Wainright (Two ways)

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GF Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (Appendix 10)

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Others in stock:

G Frank Jackson (Appendix 10)

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head coach:

The Phoenix Suns have plenty of talent on their roster, and head coach Monty Williams has guided them to many wins over the years, but Suns fans will want to know if they can get more cohesion from their team, and if the Suns will A much better playoff finish this time compared to last year.
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Monty Williams

2021-22 (PHO): 64-18, 7-6 in playoffs, lost in 2ndnd Round to Dallas
Career: 322–299, 23–22 in the NBA Playoffs, 1 NBA Finals appearance (2021)

Monty Williams has been training very well since the 2020 Orlando bubble. Since the start of the 2020 Orlando bubble near the end of the 2019-20 NBA season, he has won 123 of his last 162 regular-season games and also reached one NBA Finals in 2021. He also won the Coach of the Year award. last year.

On the other hand, the Suns had a pretty disappointing end last year, losing to the Dallas Mavericks in the second round His handling of Deandre Ayton in the playoffs could have been better, since they were rumored to have had a public meltdown and that he apparently blamed him in the middle of game 7 of their second round series. It will be interesting to see how the Suns recover from this tumultuous loss, and Suns fans will surely be hoping for a much better playoff finish in 2023.

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outlook:

The Phoenix Suns will win many games during the regular season, but it’s still a very competitive field out west and with a lot of uncertainty surrounding their team chemistry or their ability to stay healthy in the playoffs, the Suns could potentially disappoint again in the playoffs.
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The Phoenix Suns have a solid team, and they have a very good group of starters and a select group of benchers that have helped them remain a consistent contender in the west. They won many games last year but had a disastrous end to the season that their fans would probably like to forget.

If the Suns can avoid each other and stay healthy, they could have a deep playoff run this season. Otherwise, they could also face another early exit in the playoffs if they can’t get together or stay healthy in the postseason.

Projected win-loss record and target 2022-23:

Estimated end of regular season: 52-30, 2nd in the western conference
Expected playoff finish: Estimated defeat in the 1St Lap to the Los Angeles Clippers

It’s going to be an exciting basketball season this year, and the NBA season begins on October 18thth. Thank you for reading my article on the Phoenix Suns.

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