The ideal starting lineup for the Phoenix Suns

Phoenix Suns Deandre Ayton, Devin Booker, Tyson Chandler, T.J. Warren (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)
Phoenix Suns Deandre Ayton, Devin Booker, Tyson Chandler, T.J. Warren (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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Phoenix Suns Devin Booker (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
Phoenix Suns Devin Booker (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /

Point Guard – Devin Booker

Some people don’t want him at point, but let’s be real here: the Phoenix Suns do not have Damian Lillard on their roster, so they need to keep the ball in their best player’s hands, so placing him at point guard – in a non-traditional sense – while guaranteeing at least two other above average shooters on the court with him, (Ariza and Daniels), will allow for a lot of the offensive pressure to be taken off of their star, while still maintaining his position as the focal point.

Devin Booker is the best player that the Phoenix Suns have employed since Steve Nash. This doesn’t mean that he is Steve Nash, nor does it mean that he has to play like a hall of fame point guard.

Devin Booker needs to be himself: an above average scorer who is going to dominate the ball so long as he has no better than a second-rate point guard in the starting lineup with him, and is more than capable of leading the team’s offense within Kokoskov’s movement-centric offense.

That movement is what is key to Booker working at point for any length of time as aside from bringing the ball up court in half-court sets, his ability to decide whether to pass the ball getting the rotation in motion, or take the shot himself, will be the bulk of his responsibilities.

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Booker is going to take near 20 shots a game this season, hopefully on his way to averaging around 25 points per game. By making him the point guard and centering the offense around him for the time being, he will likely average around 6-7 assists per game as well, finally pushing him into the upper class of undeniably offensively elite players.