Failing to fill Suns’ point guard role was final straw for Ryan McDonough
The Phoenix Suns fired Ryan McDonough as general manager shortly before the 2018-19 campaign began after a rather brutal five-year run.
According to Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN.com, the final straw for McDonough was his inability to fill the point guard position, which is something the Suns have still been unable to do since his dismissal back in early October.
Arnovitz added that McDonough’s communication skills were lacking and that he had difficulty fostering relationships with players.
Funny enough, McDonough ended up being a runner-up for the NBA’s Executive of the Year award after his first season in charge, as Phoenix surprisingly won 48 games and just missed out on a playoff appearance after going just 25-57 the year prior.
However, since then, the Suns have been a complete and utter disaster.
The following season, Phoenix won just 39 games and missed the postseason, which was when its rocky point guard situation took center stage. The Suns entered that year with Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe and Isaiah Thomas all sharing the same backcourt, and midway through the season, the team ended up trading Thomas to the Boston Celtic and Dragic to the Miami Heat. However, the Suns also acquired Brandon Knight in a deal with the Milwaukee Bucks, making for an awkward pairing between Bledsoe and Knight.
Injuries soon made Knight irrelevant, and last season, he didn’t even play. But, Bledsoe was becoming increasingly unhappy in Phoenix, and early last season, the Suns dealt him to the Bucks.
Since then, Phoenix has been floundering trying to find a point guard to no avail.
In McDonough’s final three seasons with the franchise, the Suns won 23, 24 and 21 games, respectively.