3 players the Phoenix Suns should avoid in free agency.
3. Dillon Brooks
Some fans will remember that Dillon Brooks almost became a Sun years ago, when he was part of the infamous Brooks-Brooks debacle. The trade ultimately fell apart as the Suns went in a different direction and Dillon stayed put with the Memphis Grizzlies. Now four seasons later, Brooks has worn out his stay there and will enter free agency.
On the surface, Brooks seems like he provides a lot of the same things that make Pat Beverley such a good fit for the Suns. He’s a fantastic guard defender and an antagonizer that isn’t afraid to go at anyone. His counting stats are also great for a role player. But digging a little deeper reveals a lot of the problems that made his situation in Memphis go south.
For one, Brooks’ efficiency is terrible. His career true shooting mark of 51 percent is well below the league average. An even bigger problem is just how many shots he takes. Far too often Brooks ended up being a black hole on offense, despite playing for a team loaded on that end.
His antics as an antagonizer also ended up doing more harm than good, as we saw just recently in the Grizzlies’ playoff series against the Los Angeles Lakers. All of his jabs at Lebron James only seemed to create an unnecessary distraction around the Grizzlies while putting a target on their back.
Worst of all, Brooks didn’t even stand and face the noise after those losses, deciding to skip media availability. That lack of accountability, in tandem with his flaws as a player, means that Dillon is now the wrong Brooks for the Suns.