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Author: Yashas Raman

Analyzing The Phoenix Suns’ Offseason Moves

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe Phoenix Suns entered the 2020 NBA Restart Bubble as the team furthest away from earning a playoff spot. However, they went a perfect 8-0 and came so close to making the playoffs in an improbable run. This led to lofty expectations for the team in the 2020-21 season, to which GM James Jones responded to by making a series of moves. Here is my analysis of the moves and the impact of the new acquisitions through the first four games of this new NBA season. The Phoenix Suns made arguably the biggest move of the...

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What Should We Take Away From the Suns’ Bubble Performance

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe Phoenix Suns entered the NBA’s restart bubble in Orlando as the 13th best team in the Western Conference and the team furthest back from a playoff spot out all the teams invited. However, the Suns shocked the basketball world, and went 8-0 while coming agonizingly close to making the playoffs. The Suns finished with the same record ass the 9th seed Grizzlies, but lost the tiebreaker, meaning Memphis would move on to the play-in tournament. Although the Suns missed the playoffs, they still showed some great signs out in Orlando. To start, the Suns finished...

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What If: The 2007 Phoenix Suns

Reading Time: 2 minutesGame 4 of the 2007 Western Conference Finals. Suns vs Spurs in San Antonio. The Suns lead the Spurs 100-97 with 10.2 seconds left in the game. The ball is in Steve Nash’s hands with the Spurs having to intentionally foul. That’s when Robert Horry hip-checks Nash into the scorer’s table, starting a fight and getting himself ejected. The Suns would win that game 104-98 and level the series at 2-2, but the damage was far from done. When Nash got hit, Amar’e Stoudemire and Boris Diaw, who were sitting on the bench, just simply stepped...

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Grading James Jones’ Significant Moves as Suns GM

Reading Time: 2 minutesJames Jones was introduced as the Suns’ GM just before the 2018 NBA season to replace an abysmal GM in Ryan McDonough. Here are my grades for the significant moves he has made in his time as general manager.   Kelly Oubre Jr. Trade Jones’s first significant move was arguably his best move. In exchange for an old Trevor Ariza to the Wizards, Jones received small forward Kelly Oubre Jr. and point guard Austin Rivers. Rivers was waived by the Suns immediately, but Oubre Jr. has blossomed into a great piece for the Suns. Grade: A+...

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The Suns Made the Right Decision in Drafting Deandre Ayton

Reading Time: 2 minutesThere were two players that people thought the Suns would choose between with the first pick of the 2018 NBA Draft. One was Deandre Ayton, a center from the University of Arizona, while the other was Luka Doncic, a guard from the club Real Madrid in Europe. In the end, the Suns made the pick that most people expected by selecting Ayton. Doncic went third overall to the Atlanta Hawks, who then traded him to the Dallas Mavericks. Fast forward two years and Doncic is already a star. The reigning rookie of the year is now...

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