Phoenix Suns: 3 Players With Everything to Prove in Playoffs

Phoenix Suns, Deandre Ayton (Photo by Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
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Phoenix Suns, Torrey Craig
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Phoenix Suns with something to prove – Torrey Craig

Joining the Suns this March after the Milwaukee Bucks dealt him for cash considerations during the PJ Tucker exchange, Torrey Craig right now finds himself surrounded by strong competition as a wing player, crowded by the likes of Devin Booker, Jae Crowder, Mikal Bridges, and Cameron Johnson. Even before coming over, Craig too struggled to earn consistent minutes with the Bucks, playing a career low 11.2 minutes per contest.

With this understood, it feels likely that Craig will approach this postseason with a notable sense of urgency. Also like Kaminsky, Craig finds himself with a contract set to expire after this season, prompting him to step up and make a statement.

With the Suns alone this year, Craig averages 7.0 points per game and shoots 51 percent from the field. Additionally, Craig brings playoff experience to the table from his days as a Denver Nugget, which remains a valuable factor which the team somewhat lacks. His league-renounced skills as a defender too makes him a likely candidate to earn opportunities during tough stretches for the team.