Last Updated: 2018-08-23
The Phoenix Suns finished the 2017-18 season at the bottom of the Western Conference with a 21-61 record (10-31 at home, 11-30 on the road), the worst in the whole league. For the 2018-19 NBA season, the Suns acquired the new head coach, hiring Igor Kokoskov who became the first European born head coach in the NBA ever. The Suns also got the first overall pick at the 2018 NBA Draft, so let’s see what can the better expect from Phoenix this season, as the futures and props are already available on BetDSI Sportsbook.
Phoenix Suns Futures Odds
Win Total Over/Under at 28.5: Over -120; Under +100
To Win the Pacific Division at +25000
To Win the Western Conference at +18500
To Win the NBA Championship at +50000
To Make NBA Playoffs: YES +1600, NO -6600 (Bet365 Sportsbook)
Phoenix Suns Player Movement
Draft: Deandre Ayton (No. 1 Pick), Mikal Bridges (No. 10 Pick), Elie Okobo (No. 31 Pick), George King (No. 59 Pick)
Added: Trevor Ariza (free agency, Houston Rockets), Darrell Arthur (trade with Brooklyn Nets), Richaun Holmes (trade with Philadelphia 76ers)
Lost: Alex Len (signed with Atlanta Hawks), Elfrid Payton (signed with New Orleans Pelicans), Jared Dudley (traded to Brooklyn Nets), Tyler Ulis (waived), Alan Williams (waived)
Unrestricted Free Agents: Daniel House, Alec Peters
The Suns selected the 20-year old center Deandre Ayton with the 1st overall pick at the 2018 NBA Draft, and the former Arizona freshman is one of the most intriguing prospects to enter the draft in this decade. In his only year at the NCAA level, Deandre Ayton averaged 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds in 33.5 minutes per game, shooting 61.2% from the field and 73.3% from the free-throw line. Has a tremendous mobility for the seven-footer, and great athleticism that should help him to quickly adapt on the highest level, but Deandre Ayton also has a soft touch that allows him to hit from the mid-range. Ayton is a dominant force in the paint on both sides of the floor but will need to work on his defense and learn how to fight against the experienced guys in the league and stay out of foul trouble.
From the Sixers, the Phoenix Suns got the 10th overall pick Mikal Bridges who played three years at Villanova, winning the National Championship two times with the Wildcats. The 21-year old wing made a significant improvement in his junior season, averaging 17.7 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 51.4% from the field and an impressive 43.5% from beyond the arc. Bridges is an excellent set shooter who also likes to run the floor in transition, but his defensive abilities made him so desirable at the 2018 NBA Draft. Mikal is a smart defender who can guard multiple positions, and should only develop in his rookie NBA season.
Elie Okobo has been selected with the 31st overall pick, and the 20-year old should be a first backup option at point guard. He played in France for Pau Orthez where he was the leading scorer last season with 13.8 points per game, despite being the youngest player in the team. Okobo likes to have the ball in his hands, doing the most of his damage off the pick and roll situations. Has excellent dribbling skills that help him to drive the lane often. At the defensive end, Okobo lacks physicality to guard the stronger backcourt players, so he needs to work on his frame during the rookie season.
The Suns signed Trevor Ariza on a one-year deal and the experienced 33-year old forward should be a great addition for the young Suns’ core. Ariza is an elite defender capable of switching almost everything, while he’s an exceptional spot up shooter who can nail threes in sequences. Last year, Trevor played in Houston, averaging 11.7 points and 4.4 rebounds per game on 36.8% shooting from beyond the arc.
Phoenix Suns 2018-19 Roster
The Phoenix Suns hope that the 22-year old shooting guard Devin Booker could be the franchise icon in the further years, as the 13th overall pick from the 2015 NBA Draft is already playing on the All-Star level after just three years in the league. Booker is developing steadily, setting his career high last season in almost every statistical column – 24.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 4.7 assists while shooting 43.2% from the field and 38.3% from beyond the arc. He’s an outstanding outside scorer with exquisite jump shooting mechanics, while he has been working a lot on his playmaking skills. Booker is a solid defender but will need to improve this segment of his game if he wants to become one of the best guards in the NBA.
T.J. Warren is another rising star in this Suns team, and the 24-year old forward had a nice 2017-18 season, starting in 65 games to average 19.6 points and 5.1 rebounds on 49.8% shooting from the field. Warren is a great rebounder who likes to play a physical defense but will need to improve his jump shooting to become a more versatile attacker, averaging just 22.2% of his 3-pointers on 1.4 shots per game last season. He should be starting at small forward this season, while Warren also can cover the power forward position.
The 26-year old playmaker Brandon Knight played in 54 games last year, only five times as a starter, averaging 11.0 points and 2.4 assists in 21.1 minutes per game. In this term, he should be a starter at point guard, but the 8th overall pick from the 2011 NBA Draft will have to prove that he deserves the Suns’ trust. From this point of view, it seems like the Phoenix Suns could have serious problems at the point guard, and we’ll see if Brandon Knight is up to the task.
Tyson Chandler will be a backup center to provide some defense in the paint for the Suns. Last year, the experienced big man averaged 6.5 points and 9.1 rebounds, playing in just 46 games due to injury problems. Josh Jackson will be adding depth to the Suns’ frontcourt after having a great rookie season with 13.1 points and 4.6 rebounds in 25.4 minutes per game.
Players Under Contract:
Brandon Knight (PG), Elie Okobo (PG)
Devin Booker (SG), Troy Daniels (SG), Davon Reed (SG)
T.J. Warren (SF), Trevor Ariza (SF), Mikal Bridges (SF)
Josh Jackson (PF), Marquese Chriss (PF), Dragan Bender (PF)
Deandre Ayton (C), Tyson Chandler (C), Richaun Holmes (C)
Win Total Prediction and Betting Picks
The Suns were awful last year, as their defensive rating (112.8) and offensive rating (103.5) both were ranked 30th in the league, so they will have to work really hard this summer to improve as a team. They possess some talented guys in the roster, but it means nothing when it comes to winning games. However, the Suns should win more games than they did last season, but reaching the 30-win mark looks like a quite difficult task. It would mean nine wins more than in the previous season, and I think they will stay under the 30-win mark.
Devin Booker should continue to develop, and he could have an All-Star season, but the Suns should miss the playoffs for the ninth year in a row. The Bet365 Sportsbook bookies set the odds at +1600 on the Suns to make it to the post-season, knowing how difficult it will be in the stiff competition at the west coast. The new head coach Igor Kokoskov will bring some changes, for sure, but reaching the playoffs will be an impossible mission for the Phoenix Suns.
The Pick: Under 28.5 (+100)
Prediction: 15th in the Western Conference
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