Valley of the Suns Live! the Phoenix Suns Regular Season Preview Edition!

Phoenix Suns Deandre Ayton (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
Phoenix Suns Deandre Ayton (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images) /

The Phoenix Suns open the 2018-19 regular season on Wednesday the 17th against the Dallas Mavericks. We’ve got your Valley of the Suns Live! the Regular Season Preview Edition here!

One day before the start of the regular season and the Phoenix Suns will make a late and unexpected free agency signing by inking 38-year-old veteran Jamal Crawford to a one-year deal.

Crawford, who has spent some time at point guard in the past, will likely get a little time at that position, although with the majority of his court time playing his natural shooting guard , jacking up 3’s at the rate necessary to help Igor Kokoskov meet his goal of 30 attempts a game (while hopefully making them at an efficiency rate worth keeping such a lofty goal).

With Crawford in the fold, Phoenix and whoever is running point, will have another good outside shooter to swing the rock to as Crawford is a career 35% outside shooter who drained 33% last season, well about starters Josh Jackson and T.J. Warren.

At least initially it appears that Devin Booker (who is expected to be available and starting on opening night only five weeks after his hand surgery) will play some at point guard, if not the majority of the time, with my regular and consistent belief that he should be the team’s primary point this season, unless James Jones is able to swing a trade for a star starter.

Of the three cuts that were expected to come out of the two-day cuts by the Suns on Monday and Tuesday, Davon Reed, somewhat surprisingly, is among the group.

It was of no shock that Darrell Arthur was one, and while some were expecting Shaquille Harrison to be a member of the roster this season, he really wasn’t a core piece of the future with both Elie Okobo and now De’Anthony Melton now in the fold.

But when it was made public that Reed was likely to be cut on Tuesday concurrently with the signing of Crawford, it was somewhat surprising, although entirely understandable as his regular season 3-point shooting last season was far below his college rate, and the Suns need as many proven and consistent 3-point shooters on the roster as possible.

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