The Phoenix Suns are right about where they should be in standing and their record is close to what was expected. They stand 15-32 and hold the 15th seed in the Western Conference. The Suns don’t have a terrible team; they’re just raw and unexperienced.
With the 13th pick in the 2015 NBA draft the Suns took all-rookie 1st team player Devin Booker out of Kentucky. The Suns have a knack for acquiring great Kentucky guards such as current players like Brandon Knight, Eric Bledsoe, Devin Booker and rookie Tyler Ulis. The Suns need to trade 2 of those guards at or before this seasons trade deadline. Bledsoe still has 3 years left on his 5-year, 70-million-dollar deal signed back in 2014. Brandon Knight still has 4 years left on his deal signed back in 2015.
Eric Bledsoe with a career high tonight:
2 steals pic.twitter.com/SrC5uwxaiR
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) January 29, 2017
Eric Bledsoe is the current star on the Suns roster. He is averaging 21.4 points and 6.3 assist, both of which are career highs. Bledsoe is also averaging 1.4 steals per game.
His trade value is growing and growing with his recent play. The reason the Suns need to trade Bledsoe is because he is 27 years of age and the 2017 NBA draft is heavy with franchise guards. Players like Lonzo Ball out of UCLA and Markelle Fultz from Washington make up a very strong draft class.
Fultz is possibly the best player in the draft and a potential 1st overall pick. If the Suns trade Bledsoe now, they’ll lose more games and have better odds of obtaining that 1st overall pick.
GM Ryan McDonough and other Suns executives were in attendance to watch Markelle Fultz and the Washington Huskies take on ASU. pic.twitter.com/6FTNfaNgqU
— Phoenix Suns Insider (@InsiderSuns) January 27, 2017
Brandon Knight has been a highlight reel is whole career. Not in a good way either. Knight is on his 3rd team since being drafted back in 2011 with the 8th overall pick. He is averaging 11.8 points and 2.4 assist per game.
The Suns should trade Knight to the Brooklyn Nets for the Boston Celtics 2017 1st round pick. The Nets don’t want to build through the draft because of their lack of pick in the upcoming drafts, so trading for Knight who could step in right away, would be good for them. Plus, Knight has shown that he can be very efficient when he is the primary scorer. Last season while Bledsoe was hurt for most of the season, Knight stepped in and dropped 19.6 points a night.
Let’s say the Suns select Markelle Fultz with the 2nd overall pick, that gives them the choice of getting a forward for when TJ Warren wants to leave or becomes too expensive. Jason Tatum of Duke University could be a good player in the late lottery considering how Duke is currently struggling. That would give the Suns a projected lineup of Markelle Fultz, Devin Booker, TJ Warren/Jason Taum, Marquese Chriss, and Dragan Bender.
With a young lineup like that the Suns might not do too well in 2018, so there might be another lottery pick and a very bright future in Phoenix.