Author

Gerald Bourguet

Browsing
Gerald Bourguet serves as PHNX's reporter, writing savant and podcast co-host for all things Phoenix Suns. He's been a basketball fan since the day he could say "Michael Jordan," graduated from the Walter Cronkite School at ASU in 2013 with a BA and MA in sports journalism and has been covering the NBA ever since. As a credentialed media member since 2015, Gerald dealt with his Suns-related depression through his writing...until the Bubble Suns changed everything. Now, the Artist Formerly Known as Zewio is just as excited to cover winning basketball as Suns fans are to enjoy watching it.

Bismack Biyombo and the Phoenix Suns found each other at the perfect time. For the Suns, they were dealing with a rash of injuries and COVID-related absences that saw Jalen Smith starting at center. For Biyombo, after turning down multiple offers and taking some time away from basketball to process the death of his father, the Suns represented a triumphant…...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Not a Subscriber? Start now and get your first month for only 50 cents!

[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Subscribe" style="flat" shape="square" color="black" size="lg" align="center" link="url:%2Fnew-membership%2F|||" css=".vc_custom_1548708374881{background-color: #09285e !important;}"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Login for Subscribers

[theme-my-login]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Jalen Smith sat down with the PHNX Suns crew to talk about whether he's a 4 or a 5, dealing with NBA trade rumors and more.

After Jalen Smith spent most of his rookie season on the bench, the Phoenix Suns declined his third-year player option. Just a few months later, with the NBA ravaged by COVID-19, Smith found himself starting at center for a title contender. Stix sat down with Espo, Saul Bookman and Gerald Bourguet of PHNX to talk playing the 4 versus the...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Not a Subscriber? Start now and get your first month for only 50 cents!

[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Subscribe" style="flat" shape="square" color="black" size="lg" align="center" link="url:%2Fnew-membership%2F|||" css=".vc_custom_1548708374881{background-color: #09285e !important;}"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Login for Subscribers

[theme-my-login]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Devin Booker not only deserves to be voted into the NBA All-Star Game for the first time, but he also deserves to start for the Western Conference.

Devin Booker has never been voted into the NBA All-Star Game. He’s a two-time All-Star, sure. But just to be clear, he’s never actually been voted into the game. Both times, the face of the Phoenix Suns earned a selection as an injury replacement, filling in for Damian Lillard in 2019 and then Anthony Davis in 2020. Add Monty Williams to the list of people who believe the reigning Western Conference Player of the Week is long overdue to be voted in outright. “Listen, if we’re dealing with that again this year, that would be really silly for us to be in that situation,” Williams said. “With the wins we have, his production on the floor, I think he’s won…

Despite an unending wave of injuries, the Phoenix Suns are fighting to get back to normalcy.

Every team in the NBA has dealt with it at some point this season, and quite a few teams are still going through it. In this COVID-infested, injury-riddled year, the Phoenix Suns certainly haven’t been immune. Early in the year, there was Cam Payne’ quad injury and Deandre Ayton’s lower leg contusion. There were knee injuries for both Frank Kaminsky...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Not a Subscriber? Start now and get your first month for only 50 cents!

[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Subscribe" style="flat" shape="square" color="black" size="lg" align="center" link="url:%2Fnew-membership%2F|||" css=".vc_custom_1548708374881{background-color: #09285e !important;}"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Login for Subscribers

[theme-my-login]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

The Phoenix Suns need to make a move before the 2022 NBA Trade Deadline, so here are 10 potential options that make sense.

Despite Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton and Jae Crowder missing chunks of the season, despite the ongoing struggles of Cam Payne and Landry Shamet, despite players and coaches being in and out of the lineup due to injuries and COVID-19 alike…the Phoenix Suns currently own the NBA’s best record. And yet, whether it’s due to a fundamental lack of respect for this team or a simple acknowledgement of its potential roster flaws, it still feels like the Suns should do something at the 2022 NBA Trade Deadline — not because they have to, but because this group is only one or two savvy moves away from bolstering down the playoff rotation and cementing their status as legitimate title favorites. It’s not…

The Phoenix Suns could really use a return to form from Cam Payne.

Tied for the NBA’s best record at 30-9, the Phoenix Suns are in a pretty good place. Despite Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton, Jae Crowder and a host of other Suns players missing games left and right, this team’s impressive depth, reliable system and ingrained culture have them in the running for the top seed in the Western Conference. But after...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Not a Subscriber? Start now and get your first month for only 50 cents!

[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Subscribe" style="flat" shape="square" color="black" size="lg" align="center" link="url:%2Fnew-membership%2F|||" css=".vc_custom_1548708374881{background-color: #09285e !important;}"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Login for Subscribers

[theme-my-login]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Paris Bass' journey to the NBA took him abroad, through loss, to the Phoenix Suns.

Last Sunday against the Charlotte Hornets, Paris Bass saw his opening from the weak-side corner. MJ Walker, a recent addition to the Phoenix Suns on a 10-day contract, worked the pick-and-roll with Emanuel Terry, another 10-day call-up. As the Hornets doubled the ball-handler, Walker made the right read with an overhead pass that sailed over his defenders and into the...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Not a Subscriber? Start now and get your first month for only 50 cents!

[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Subscribe" style="flat" shape="square" color="black" size="lg" align="center" link="url:%2Fnew-membership%2F|||" css=".vc_custom_1548708374881{background-color: #09285e !important;}"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Login for Subscribers

[theme-my-login]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Bismack Biyombo is providing the shorthanded Phoenix Suns with exactly what they need right now.

It’s rare to expect much from a player signed to a 10-day hardship exception in the middle of another COVID-stricken NBA season. It took less than 48 hours for Bismack Biyombo to prove himself as that exact kind of rarity for the shorthanded Phoenix Suns. With head coach Monty Williams, Deandre Ayton, Jae Crowder, JaVale McGee and Abdel Nader all...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Not a Subscriber? Start now and get your first month for only 50 cents!

[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Subscribe" style="flat" shape="square" color="black" size="lg" align="center" link="url:%2Fnew-membership%2F|||" css=".vc_custom_1548708374881{background-color: #09285e !important;}"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Login for Subscribers

[theme-my-login]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

For better and for worse, Jalen Smith is showing the Phoenix Suns what he can do.

Winning NBA teams with young stars and respected basketball cultures aren’t always the best environments for newly-drafted players. Former 10th overall pick Jalen Smith has learned that the hard way with the Phoenix Suns, only set against the backdrop of a COVID-ravaged introduction to the pros. Not only did Stix get coronavirus in the first month as a rookie last...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Not a Subscriber? Start now and get your first month for only 50 cents!

[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Subscribe" style="flat" shape="square" color="black" size="lg" align="center" link="url:%2Fnew-membership%2F|||" css=".vc_custom_1548708374881{background-color: #09285e !important;}"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Login for Subscribers

[theme-my-login]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Devin Booker's career year as a 3-point shooter has unlocked the next level to his game.

Wednesday night’s win over the Oklahoma City Thunder was anything but pretty. The shorthanded Phoenix Suns may have won by 18 points in the end, but there was little reason for an equally shorthanded Thunder squad to be hanging around for as long as they did. Fortunately, the Suns had the best player on the floor in Devin Booker, who finished with 38 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks, all while shooting 12-for-24 from the field and 6-for-12 from 3-point range. His night was also exemplary of the kind of historic benchmarks he’s routinely made mundane. On Wednesday, he became the seventh-youngest player in NBA history to reach 10,000 career points, with only LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kobe…

>