3 Phoenix Suns Players Who could Still Heat Up in the Playoffs

Phoenix Suns, Jae Crowder, Cameron Payne. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)
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Phoenix Suns, Cameron Johnson
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Phoenix Suns Players to Heat Up in Playoffs: Cameron Johnson

Resembling easily the team’s top shooter this year, but staggering a bit since coming back from an injury, Cameron Johnson is like a heat seeking missile that just needs to get back on track.

Although he finished out the year with stellar .460/.425/.860 shooting splits while averaging a career-high 12.5 points per game, Johnson looked somewhat out of synch in the Suns offense during his six games after finally healing up from a quad contusion. This lacking rhythm often led Monty Williams to keep Johnson on the floor during Phoenix’s final few games despite resting almost every other valuable rotation piece.

In that run, Johnson shot just 7-36 on 3-pointers, rounding out a less attractive 19.4 percentage. He shot an overall 31.0 percent on field goals, also resembling a steep drop-off from his regular season mark.

But even with these subpar figures, Johnson has a better chance to heat up than anyone else on this list.

A quad injury remains a more than fair excuse for a decrease in production like that. As all basketball players know, a shooter’s jumper shot begins with their legs, and Johnson clearly needed some time to build himself back into form in recovering from his injury.

He did recently tell Arizona Sports’ Burns & Gambo though that he now feels “all the way back,” so watch out for him to return to the absolute killer he has been for much of the season.