October 18, 2019, 10:28 amKelly Oubre Jr.SF, Phoenix Suns
Kelly Oubre may come off the bench behind Mikal Bridges this season.
Between January and March of last season, Kelly Oubre ranked in the top 40 by averaging 19 points, 1.8 threes, 5.6 rebounds, 1.8 steals, and 1 block on 46% shooting from the field, encouragingly sporting a mid-20s usage rate in 31 minutes per game. However, as good as Oubre has been, Mikal Bridges is a better defensive specialist both in reality and in fantasy, so it makes sense to pair him next to Booker and Ayton. This news is far from a death knell on Oubre's fantasy value, as the expectation had been that he'd serve as the team's best player off the bench. The bump in usage may offset lower minutes, so target him confidently in the middle rounds and keep Bridges on your radar a few rounds after Oubre comes off the board.
Source: The Athletic
October 16, 2019, 8:29 amNorense Odiase, Phoenix Suns
The Suns have waived guard David Kramer, center Norense Odiase and forward Tariq Owens, the team announced in a news release on Tuesday.
All three players were in training camp on Exhibit 10 deals, meaning they very well could be headed to the Northern Arizona Suns of the G League. The Suns’ roster now stands at 16 players, with at least one more move needed before the regular season.
October 15, 2019, 12:31 amFrank KaminskyPF, Phoenix Suns
Frank Kaminsky led the Suns in scoring with 22 points on 6-of-10 shooting to go with two triples, six boards, three assists and a block in Monday's 102-107 loss to the Nuggets.
Kaminsky won't beat out Deandre Ayton (14 points, four rebounds, one assist and a block) but if the Suns are willing to play him at power forward, he might be a fringe standard-league guy.
October 15, 2019, 12:31 amKelly Oubre Jr.SF, Phoenix Suns
Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 11 points on 3-of-11 shooting with four rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block on Monday.
Oubre Jr. went 3-for-11 from the field but 5-for-6 at the line. He's not going to be an efficient shooter from the field, but he gets to the line frequently and puts up counting stats which makes him an appealing fantasy option.
October 14, 2019, 9:14 pmDario SaricPF, Phoenix Suns
Dario Saric (right quad contusion) will not play against the Nuggets on Monday.
This is the Suns' final preseason game, and it looks like Saric will focus on getting healthy for next Wednesday's season opener. Saric has been inconsistent so far in his NBA career, but he's once again with a team that wants him. It's possible that the new situation takes him back into the top-100.
Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter
October 14, 2019, 6:11 pmDevin BookerSG, Phoenix Suns
Devin Booker is available for Monday's game against the Nuggets.
Booker was rested on Saturday but is now ready to go. He is coming off career highs of 26.6 points and 6.8 assists per game.
Source: Arizona Sports
October 13, 2019, 7:59 pmTyler JohnsonPG-SG, Phoenix Suns
Tyler Johnson will sit out the Suns' preseason finale against the Nuggets on Monday due to right knee soreness.
Johnson did take the floor on Saturday without any issues, so this may be the result of the Suns' choosing to have Johnson skip a meaningless preseason finale as he recovers from last year's right knee surgery. Either way, Johnson is pretty far down the Suns' depth chart, and it is unlikely he will have any standard league relevance this season.
Source: Duane Rankin on Twitter
October 13, 2019, 7:46 pmDario SaricPF, Phoenix Suns
Dario Saric is questionable with a right quad contusion for Monday's preseason finale against the Nuggets.
Saric should be fine for when the regular season gets underway and makes for an interesting late-round pick in standard league drafts. Saric has proven he can deliver mid-round value when given major minutes on the Sixers, but he will have a hard time creating that large of a role on the Suns.
Source: Duane Rankin on Twitter
October 12, 2019, 11:58 pmAron BaynesC, Phoenix Suns
Aron Baynes (nasal fracture) scored 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting adding four rebounds and two assists in Saturday's 134-118 win against the Blazers.
Baynes got the start at center with Deandre Ayton resting. The biggest surprise to Baynes' game is the incorporation of improved 3PT shooting. He attempted five shots from behind the arc and converted two of them. Though far from a "stretch-four" this adds to his limited fantasy appeal. Unfortunately it may also start to negatively effect his FG% if he moves away from being a bruiser in the paint.
October 12, 2019, 11:51 pmCameron JohnsonSF, Phoenix Suns
Cameron Johnson scored 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting adding two rebounds and one assist in Saturday's win.
Johnson got plenty of minutes tonight with the Suns limiting teammate Kelly Oubre Jr.'s minutes. Playing 27 minutes off of the bench, Johnson showed great range making 4-of-6 from behind the arc. Johnson was known for his prowess from long range at UNC and has adjusted to NBA distance. The Suns attempted 45 shots from behind the arc tonight and pushed the pace of play. Johnson may be a fun fantasy player to own but will find playing time difficult in Phoenix's bloated backcourt.
October 12, 2019, 11:29 pmKelly Oubre Jr.SF, Phoenix Suns
Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 19 points on 5-of-11 shooting adding three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in Saturday's preseason win.
Oubre Jr. played just 18 minutes doing most of his damage during the first half. The Suns played it safe with Oubre Jr., who hurt his wrist a few weeks ago, though he shot it well from behind the arc (3-of-5) and very well from the free throw line (6-of-6).
October 12, 2019, 11:21 pmFrank KaminskyPF, Phoenix Suns
Frank Kaminsky scored 16 points on 5-of-13 shooting with six rebounds, eight assists and a steal in Saturday's win over the Blazers.
With Deandre Ayton resting, Aron Baynes ended up getting the start at center and contributed a respectable 14 points. Kamisky, playing off the bench, ended up playing a team-high 29 minutes at both center and power forward and had a very nice fantasy game. He made four 3-pointers but the eight assists was the cherry on top. It will be worth monitoring if the Suns will prefer to play Kaminsky at power forward or center, as Dario Saric provides similar floor-spacing skills.
October 12, 2019, 11:10 pmTyler JohnsonPG-SG, Phoenix Suns
Tyler Johnson (migraine) scored 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting adding three rebounds and two assists in Saturday's win against the Blazers.
With Devin Booker out the Suns went with Mikal Bridges over Johnson in Saturday's game. Johnson and Bridges ended up playing roughly the same amount of minutes and did the same amount of damage on the box score. It appears, however, that Johnson is the sixth-man that the Suns want coming off the bench and will continue in the role unless the injuries pile up.
October 12, 2019, 6:59 pmTyler JohnsonPG-SG, Phoenix Suns
Tyler Johnson (migraine) will play in Saturday's preseason game versus the Blazers.
Johnson missed Thursday's game with the migraine but is good to go for tonight. Johnson should have an increased role with Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton and Ricky Rubio resting.
Source: NBA Injury Report
October 12, 2019, 4:55 pmDevin BookerSG, Phoenix Suns
Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton and Ricky Rubio will miss Saturday's preseason game versus the Blazers due to rest.
The Suns will take a strong look at their reserve unit and will give ample opportunity to players on the bubble of making the roster. A starting lineup should be announced shortly.
Source: Kellan Olson on Twitter