The 2023-24 NBA season is off to a great start. Stars are living up to the expectations early on and have given fans something to anticipate. The Phoenix Suns boast a great group hungry to win this year’s title. However, not everyone in the team will get equal opportunities to show the world their talents.
The Suns have the “Big 3”, which means those star players will get most of the minutes on the floor.
Devin Booker, Kevin Durant, and Bradley Beal are all predicted to play massive amounts of minutes this season. In their season opener against the Golden State Warriors, Booker spent plenty of time on the court, logging 37 minutes of playing time.
Durant went through the same amount of time on the floor that game. The 6-foot-11 superstar even spent more time in their second game, playing 39 minutes against the Los Angeles Lakers, which ended in a 100-95 loss.
The only player to not play a game among the stars is Beal. He’s currently dealing with an injured back. Since his days with the Washington Wizards, the scoring guard has dealt with different injuries.
As he continues to heal, Grayson Allen has to take over his spot in the starting lineup. By the time he returns, the rotation for the Suns will experience a bit of a tweak, and a few players might get reduced minutes.
Even now that they have stars who are unavailable, there are a few players who might have difficulties earning some playing time.
The Suns are serious in their quest to contend for the championship this season. Due to their goal, the team needs production from proven veterans. Bol Bol doesn’t fit that criteria.
Since starting with the Denver Nuggets, Bol has always been a “prospect,” even now. The 7-foot-2 center is in his fifth season in the league, but he’s only shown flashes of what he can do on the floor.
Phoenix has a few options in the frontcourt department. Aside from Jusuf Nurkic and Drew Eubanks, who are both constantly on the floor, the team has Chimezie Metu and Udoka Azubuike.
The Suns will favor players who have enough experience to help their campaign. Bol has a slight chance of getting Frank Vogel’s favor if he does something to surprise him. Until then, the young center can sit and learn from its veterans.