What he brings: Reliable 3-point shooting
Although his percentages have slipped a little over the past few years, Ariza is still a reliable 3-point shooter and it will cost opponents dearly when they leave him open.
Spacing was probably the Suns’ second biggest weakness last season. Lineups of Mike James, Booker, Warren or Jackson, Bender, and Chandler or Len had at most two shooters.
Ariza becomes another reliable shooter to space the floor and give Ayton room in the post.
Spacing also gives Booker, Warren, and Jackson better driving lanes and better passing angles to cut.
What he doesn’t bring: Point Guard Abilities
When McDonough signed Ariza to a $15 million contract, he knew that he had to cut back on options at free agent point guards. That said, he probably didn’t like any of the available options and decided to give Brandon Knight the go-ahead at point as well as additional time for Devin Booker to give it a try.
Luckily, Josh Jackson and T.J. Warren have the ability to run an offense for short periods or it would be just Knight and Booker at the point.
Ariza is definitely not a point guard, but he is a good passer and smart player. He will definitely improve the passing for the Suns