3. Role players & corner threes
Perhaps the most critical part of the game that’ll decide the Suns’ rotation is the ability to hit the corner three. It was an issue they struggled with in the playoffs last year, and one they clearly set out to address in free agency this year.
So far, the results have been mixed. As a group, the non-big 3 players have converted 37 percent of their looks from the corner. Grayson Allen has been the best over the first four games knocking down 3-of-6 of his looks. Yuta Watanabe has hit 2-of-6 but has taken and made most of his threes from above the break at 50 percent.
Josh Okogie, on the other hand, has only hit 3-of-9 so far, while taking just two above the break threes. Just like last year, it’s clear that Okogie is going to be in that spot on offense, and he’ll have to deliver at a more efficient clip than this.
He’s been so great at everything else to this point that it’s hard to ask him for much more, but when the big 3 are all playing, knocking down the corner 3s might be more important than anything else he can bring to the table, possibly even more than his defense.
It’s still a small sample size for everyone to this point but it’s worth keeping tabs on who’s converting on those looks.