Podcast: Guest David Nash joins to talk Deandre Ayton’s optimal role and Suns’ reasons for optimism

In Episode 3 of the Valley of the Suns Podcast, guest David Nash joins to talk about Deandre Ayton’s optimal role, the Suns’ recent struggles and reasons for optimism.

Welcome Valley Boyz and Girlz to another episode of the Valley of the Suns Podcast!

In Episode 3, host Gerald Bourguet welcomes a special guest to the show in David Nash, former co-host of the Seven Seconds or Less Podcast and current writer of The Four-Point Play!

Today’s main topic of conversation revolves around Deandre Ayton — how the Phoenix Suns are using him, how force-feeding him on the block helps no one, and what his optimized role looks like with this group.

Episode 3 also dives into Monty Williams’ recent tirade, some of the adjustments that made an impact in the team’s latest win over the Golden State Warriors, some of the bigger concerns during Phoenix’s recent skid and why there’s plenty of reason for optimism in the Valley.

Are the Suns using Ayton correctly? What are the tell-tale signs when DA is in for a big night? And what does Phoenix need to improve to avoid coughing up leads and start winning close games in crunch-time? Bourguet and Nash touch on all these topics and more.

Here’s the breakdown for Episode 3:

  • Intro (Start)
  • Force-feeding Ayton (3:30)
  • Improving in crunch-time/holding leads (6:45)
  • Quote of the Week: Monty’s tirade (11:45)
  • Reasons for optimism (22:50)
  • Ayton’s optimal form (30:00)

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