3 Factors to Dictate how the Suns will Function without Chris Paul

Phoenix Suns, Chris Paul (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Phoenix Suns, Chris Paul (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
3 of 4
Phoenix Suns, Chris Paul, Aaron Holiday
Phoenix Suns, Chris Paul, Aaron Holiday. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports /

Phoenix Suns Life Without Chris Paul: The Backup PG “Problem”

The spotlight shining on the point guard position poises to burn even brighter now with Paul out. The backup spot remains Cameron Payne’s to lose, but seemingly eager to usurp him in the rotation one can find the recently acquired Aaron Holiday, whose bouncy energy has been a key component since Phoenix traded for him.

Holiday’s plus/minus sits at an intriguing +5 through three games, getting minutes with the Suns both ahead and behind. But regardless of the game situation, he shoots 66.7 percent from deep on two attempts each night, dishing out 2.7 assists per game as well.

The former Pacer knows how to get after it also on defense, picking up his assignments at full court from time to time. He also does well with his positioning, never letting his man get between him and the rim.

Payne’s sporadic play that’s occurred for the lion share of his 2021-22 campaign must cease down this homestretch of the season, as the team needs him now more than ever. This healthy “competition” provided by Holiday should bring the best out of each player though, allowing the Suns to still go full throttle even with CP3 out of commission.