Phoenix Suns: Pros and cons of a Markelle Fultz trade

Markelle Fultz Devin Booker Phoenix Suns (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
Markelle Fultz Devin Booker Phoenix Suns (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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Pro: Talent at the point guard position

Simply put, the Phoenix Suns have the worst point guard situation in the NBA. With Isaiah Canaan recently being cut, the two lead guards on the team are rookies Elie Okobo and De’Anthony Melton, who have yet to earn the trust of Coach Igor Kokoskov and spent time in and out of the G-League this season.

Thankfully for the Suns, Booker has performed as well as the team could have asked for since starting at the one spot. His shooting numbers are taking a bit of a dip, but gradually improving passing has led to strong assist numbers that place him at 12th in the league, averaging more assists per game than players like Nikola Jokic, LeBron James, and Ricky Rubio.

Fultz’s jump shot is not the only reason he was selected number one overall. Being a potentially strong defender with impressive blocking instincts and talented passing abilities put him in plenty of highlight reels in college, while his athleticism allows him to rebound the ball well and navigate throughout the court, especially in the paint.

He seems to be a hard worker, evident by completely remaking his jumpshot during the offseason. As he continues to put in work and improve, the rest of his skills will dampen the loss of his jumper, which should only improve as time goes on. His shoulder injury may have made some people forget, but Fultz is still an extremely talented player and the Phoenix Suns need as many as they can get.