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For the Phoenix Suns to make the leap into the contender category, first and foremost, they needed Deandre Ayton to become a reliable defensive anchor. That happened last year, and the Suns made it to the NBA Finals. But no one should forget that before the postseason began, Mikal Bridges was the more consistent of the Suns’ 2018 first-round picks,…...

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It wasn’t long ago that Cam Johnson was the guy the Phoenix Suns “reached” for when they traded down in the 2019 NBA Draft. Two elongated seasons later, he’s a crucial part of their young core, and one that would be due for a breakout season if not for playing on a team that needs touches for Chris Paul, Devin...

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Almost everyone on the Phoenix Suns is dealing with the emotional struggle of coming up short in the NBA Finals, the physical toll of another short offseason and the mental strain of already having to “put the axe to the root” again, as Monty Williams puts it. But for Jae Crowder, none of this is anything new. In fact, he...

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Two of the three essential pieces of the Phoenix Suns’ young core are eligible for extensions, but the clock is ticking. Coming off an unexpected NBA Finals run, both Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges have earned big paydays. The Western Conference remains wide open. The path to the franchise’s first championship is in sight. And yet, the Suns continue to...

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Through injuries, adversity and players being in and out of the lineup, the Phoenix Mercury have remained focused on themselves. They were the sleeper contender lying in wait, saving the their best basketball for the perfect time of year. It’s that emphasis on doing the little things that paid off in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals Wednesday night, and...

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Just over a year ago, Cam Payne wasn’t on an NBA roster. Fast-forward 15 months, and his three-year, $19 million deal to re-sign with the Phoenix Suns is one of the league’s biggest steals. For Payne, there was no question about where he wanted to be as he approached his first free agency. “I knew from the jump I wanted...

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What if John Paxson had missed in Game 6 of the 1993 NBA Finals?

Time. Space. Reality. It’s more than a linear path. It’s a prism of endless possibility. Where a single choice can branch out into infinite realities, creating alternate worlds from the ones you know. I am the Suns Watcher. I am your guide through these vast, new realities. Follow me, and ponder the question: What if? The 1993 NBA Finals were...

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For the first three years of his NBA career, Landry Shamet has been known for pretty much one thing. It was the first words out of general manager James Jones’ mouth when he was asked what the 24-year-old guard would provide for the Phoenix Suns. “Shooting on the perimeter,” Jones said at Media Day. “I think he gives us a...

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In the NBA Finals, the only glaring weakness on the Phoenix Suns’ roster was exposed against the tall trees of the Milwaukee Bucks. While Deandre Ayton offered plenty of size and strength, once Dario Saric tore his ACL in Game 1, the Suns were hurting for more length and rebounding on the interior. Frank Kaminsky did his best, and Torrey...

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The center position will look quite a bit different for the Phoenix Suns in 2021-22. Even if Deandre Ayton’s role doesn’t change as much as he wants it to, the backup 5 spot will feature a completely new look once DA takes a breather. Going from Dario Saric to JaVale McGee is quite a drastic change — in terms of...

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