3 best players the Phoenix Suns got on minimum contracts.
3. Josh Okogie
We’re starting in a place that won’t excite many Suns fans, but that’s exactly why bringing Josh Okogie back for another run at a first championship is so important. The franchise watched Torrey Craig head to the Chicago Bulls this summer, and it would be fair to say that the roster continuity is non-existent here.
Okogie not only represents a link to the past, but he’s actually been the fifth starter for the Suns before. A position that seems to bring with it a ton of contention when trying to decipher who is going to fill that role in 2023-24. It may be that it is still Okogie’s to lose.
We already know Ogokie can start games if required, and is an above average defender who hounds opponents diligently. He managed 18.8 minutes of action during the regular season last year, and that number could hold firm if the Suns come to find out that some of their other minimum adds don’t quite work out.
Okogie brings with him a level of consistency as a known quantity that will be invaluable to the roster. Still only 24-years-old (the same age as Ayton), there is no doubt Okogie could have gone elsewhere and made more money. Instead he’s sticking around to try and help the Suns win a championship.
It would be great if he could hit more than 33.5 percent of his shots from deep (as he did last season, which was still a career high), and it is not like Okogie doesn’t have his flaws. Bigger wings can back him down, and quick guards can blow by him as well. But on this kind of deal and given his history and familiarity with the team, this was an important player for the Suns to retain.