Phoenix Suns: Dario Saric vs. 2020 free agent power forwards

Dario Saric Phoenix Suns (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Power forward options the Phoenix Suns should PROBABLY consider

Christian Wood: Christian Wood is 25 years old, 6’10”, 214 pounds), and will be a very popular free agent. He is a stretch 4 / 5 as he hits 38.6 percent of his 3-point shots. Over the last 15 games as a starter, Christian Wood averaged 22.3 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.

Wood is a 3 and D player, but the D is for dunks, not for defense. He lacks effort on rotations, doesn’t block out well, and often loses his man because of a lack of focus.

Christian does have good, quick hands, lateral movement, switches well and can actually cover guards at his size.

He’s got a very slim build and is a liability on defense, especially at the center position. When the defense puts a bigger body on him, he can’t shoot well and makes poor decisions. Christian Wood has poor vision and passing skills.

His contract projection is between $14 million to $16 million.

Tristan Thompson: Tristan Thompson (29 years old, 6’9″, 254 pounds) covers two positions (power forward/center) and does everything well except shooting free throws.

His free-agent contract will likely be between $12 million to $15 million.

Once again, to compare these options versus Dario Saric:

Tristan Thompson

  • Season: 12 points, 51.2 percent on field goals, 39.1 percent from 3-point range, 61.5 percent on free throws, 10.1 rebounds per game.

Dario Saric

  • Season: 10.7 points, 47.6 field goal percent, 35.7 percent from deep, and 6.2 rebounds.
  • Last 12 games: 16 points, 67 field goal percent/ 58 percent from 3-point range, 7.4 rebounds

Christian Wood

  • Season: 13.1 points, 56.7 field-goal  percent, 38.6 percent on 3-point, 6.3 rebounds
  • Last 10-games as a starter:  24.2 points, 57.8  field goals percent, 37.5 percent 3-point, 9.8 rebounds.