June 24, 2024

Right now, the Phoenix Suns are in serious need of one or more positional upgrades on the bench, particularly when considering the depth at the wing and frontcourt positions. I don’t think the team will use this deadline to acquire picks; instead, they’ll probably use whatever draft capital they still have to improve their roster.

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In the previous week or so, Drew Eubanks has shown a great deal of promise that could lead to his earning the coaching staff’s confidence in the actual backup center position once again. In about 20 minutes played, he has added 7 PPG and 5.2 RPG while shooting an effective 94% from the field. But inconsistent play from players like Bol Bol, who occasionally had standout performances but missed time with an injury, would force Phoenix to look elsewhere for a trustworthy rim protector.

The Suns require improved shooting from their wings in addition to playable size so they can compete with bigger power forwards. However, things haven’t worked out the way the front office had hoped for people like Yuta Watanabe and Keita-Bates Diop.

Conversely, Josh Okogie has displayed glimpses of his ability to rebound offensively and his tenacity when playing defense. Nevertheless, teams have deliberately plotted against him based on his 26 3PT% on the scouting report, which restricts the offense’s overall spacing and flow, particularly when it comes to the Big Three.

Nassir Little and Chimezie Metu are two fascinating names off the Suns bench that have demonstrated promise.

Though they each offer unique ability sets, these wings might not be as useful in the Phoenix system as it is now. Even at just 23, Nassir Little may be a valuable asset to a club that is rebuilding because of his exceptional athleticism and endless potential to continue improving as an offensive player.

On the other hand, Metu has had an effect on the squad by playing minutes at both the four and five positions and being a regular in the rotation outside of the first month or so of the season. Standing 6’10”, he presents a multitude of matchup challenges for defenses, as evidenced by his Christmas Day effort of 23 PTS and 19 REB against the Mavericks. His effectiveness is particularly high when he is making good three-point shots, which he hasn’t done much of this season (29.4%).

So, in order to have greater financial flexibility with tradable contracts, I would argue that everyone who has some value and can make the most of the two-year contract approach that Mat Ishbia and the front office implemented will be up for grabs. That encompasses people like Little, Metu, and Okogie.

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