Phoenix Suns roundtable: New Year’s resolutions

PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 18: Tyson Chandler #4 of the Phoenix Suns walks up the court during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers on October 18, 2017 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Michael Gonzales/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 18: Tyson Chandler #4 of the Phoenix Suns walks up the court during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers on October 18, 2017 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Michael Gonzales/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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BOSTON – NOVEMBER 17: Before game time, Suns general manager Ryan McDonough, center, chats with Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca, left, and Sean Grande, the voice of the Celtics. Pagliuca shares video of his son’s Saturday Duke game against Fairfield. The Boston Celtics host the Phoenix Suns, at the TD Garden, on Monday, November 17, 2014. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON – NOVEMBER 17: Before game time, Suns general manager Ryan McDonough, center, chats with Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca, left, and Sean Grande, the voice of the Celtics. Pagliuca shares video of his son’s Saturday Duke game against Fairfield. The Boston Celtics host the Phoenix Suns, at the TD Garden, on Monday, November 17, 2014. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) /

Khaleel Abdullah

New Year’s resolutions for a player, coach, general manager and owner would not just be for them to get better, but to improve the Phoenix Suns as a whole.

Josh Jackson

Josh Jackson has shown flashes of his bright potential in both rebounding and playing solid defense. However in order to be a key part of a winning future, he needs to grow on the other side of the ball as well. I’d really like to see Josh Jackson initiate a thorough daily shooting workout. He should set up some type of routine for the rest of this season. A shooting regimen where he has to not just shoot, but make at least 500 3-pointers and 500 free throws every day.

Head Coach Jay Triano

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I like Triano as a coach and he’s already way better than Earl Watson. He’s getting a legit chance to prove why he should at least be looked at for long term. He’s holding players accountable and making them earn their playing time. Also, his out of bounds play call for Dragan Bender to lob a pass to Tyson Chandler was a thrilling game winner. I like Chandler as a veteran and he wants to be here, which is admirable. However, I’d like to see Triano start Alex Len and let him get consistent run as a starter. In the 10 games this season in which Len has played at least 25 minutes, the Suns are a jaw dropping 8-2 and he’s averaged 12.5 points, 13.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks. Phoenix is a lowly 4-15 when he doesn’t get above 25 minute of playing time. I would  also want to see Triano start Isaiah Canaan over Tyler Ulis. The Suns are a winning team since Canaan’s arrival. Over the last 8 games, Phoenix is 5-3 with Canaan. Ulis has been outplayed by Canaan, during this stretch as well.

General Manager Ryan McDonough

Ryan McDonough has had his ups and downs, but there are many reasons to like him and be happy he’s still the general manager. Primary reason being, because of the drafting of Devin Booker. However, his recent quotes about not seeing a reason the team needs to make any trades and such, has really rubbed me the wrong way. There are glaring holes on this roster and there many upgrades that can be made. The trade business is a big way of being able to fill those holes and make this roster better. The Suns have a plethora of draft picks and a large expiring contract in Greg Monroe who has only played two of the last 10 games. Phoenix also has only Isaiah Canaan and Tyler Ulis at point guard, while also only having  Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender at power forward. I’d like to see McDonough make a McMove.

Owner Robert Sarver

Robert Sarver’s a Suns fan and likes to watch the games. He can be seen court side and that is nice to see in an owner. It’s like a Mark Cuban type of love. However, there’s a certain type of hate as well. This is mainly because he’s way too hands on and has different thoughts on what should be done and at time, which restricts or hurts the team. I’d like to see him let the guys in the front office take full responsibility in their roles and be able to truly improve the team how they see fit. Maybe then he will be able to enjoy watching the team even more.

That’s it for me, happy New Year’s to you and yours. May it be a great year for everyone.