The Phoenix Suns are off to a shaky start of the season, currently sitting at 3-4. However, most of their woes can be directly attributed to two of their three all-star caliber players being out due to injury.
Fortunately for Suns’ fans, Devin Booker and Bradley Beal should be returning to the starting lineup soon.
While their other-worldly talent, Kevin Durant, has been shouldering most of the load thus far, a few other players are starting to capture fans’ interest. Here are three players whose stock fans can be bullish on.
1. Eric Gordon
When the Suns acquired Eric Gordon via free agency this off season, no one would have guessed the 34-year-old would start five of the Suns’ first seven games. In his starts, Gordon is averaging 18 points on 50.1 percent shooting from the field and 39.4 percent from three, 4.2 assists, and 2.4 rebounds.
His ability to stretch the floor on offense, make shots from deep, and finish at the rim have been crucial to the team’s success. Gordon will ultimately be the Suns’ sixth man once Booker and Beal are back in action meaning the Suns will be dangerous on offense, even with the second string on the court.
Of course, this only works if Gordon can find a way to transition his level of performance to coming off the bench rather than starting.
2. Grayson Allen
Many Suns’ fans were skeptical when Grayson Allen was acquired via a three-way trade with the Trailblazers and Bucks back in September. In the last 5 games, Allen has been showcasing his impressive basketball IQ and has proven to be a great fit in the Suns’ system.
His shooting ability has been on display and his young legs lead to a lot of movement in the offense which helps to spread the floor. In his last 5 games, Allen is averaging 14.8 points on an incredible 53/53/100 percent shooting split. Add in the fact that Allen is averaging 4.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists on the season, and you can see why Allen’s stock is on the rise.
3. Jusuf Nurkić
Suns’ fans may be surprised to see Jusuf Nurkić’s name on this list of rising stock, considering the center, who was brought in to replace Deandre Ayton, is only averaging 9.1 points a game on very poor shooting percentages (37/23.8/76 percent) so far this season.
What’s important to remember is Devin Booker and Bradley Beal are both coming back, and fans can rest assured that scoring will not be a problem once the Suns’ Big 3 finally takes the court together. Nurkić is currently leading the team with 8.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game.
With the Big 3 healthy, Nurkić will have less pressure to score, and fans can expect him to be much more efficient from the field while still putting up big numbers in rebounds and assists.