Suns still ‘evaluating options’ at point guard
For the first time in years, the Suns have what looks like an impressive starting lineup on paper. Star guard Devin Booker and Ayton are locks to start as long as they are healthy. Booker may miss the start of the season with a broken hand, but he shouldn’t have to sit out too many games if he does.
Former Houston Rockets Trevor Ariza and Ryan Anderson will more than likely start alongside the young players, providing veteran leadership and stretching the floor.
That leaves one spot open, though, and this spot is arguably the most important in today’s NBA: Point guard.
Suns general manager Ryan McDonough discussed the void at the point guard spot on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s “Bickley & Marotta,” saying that the organization was still undecided on whether they would use a player already on the team or look to acquire a guard. McDonough elaborated:
“We’re very high on Elie Okobo, he’s looked terrific in the pickup games we’ve had so far. [Melton] we thought was one of the better rookies in summer league, and guys like Shaquille Harrison and Isaiah Canaan played very well for us a year ago. We have depth there, I realize we don’t have a lot of experience there. We’re evaluating options. We’re trying to be deliberate and strategic, and just make sure it makes sense — if we are to do a deal — in the short- and long-term.”
The Suns could use Elie Okobo or Shaquille Harrison, but they are inexperienced and there is no guarantee they will hold their own when the season starts. The same can be said for De’Anthony Melton. Isaiah Canaan is a seasoned veteran, but at this stage in his career, he is probably more suited as a scoring guard off the bench.
When healthy, Booker can play some point guard, but the Suns could use a full-time option. Phoenix has looked into upgrades of both the star and non-star variety, but nothing has come to fruition yet.
If the Suns really want to be an impressive team this season, they’ll need to solve their point guard problem fast or risk sinking back to irrelevancy.