3 former Suns players who have excelled since their departure

The Phoenix Suns have lost plenty of notable players in pursuit of a "Big 3" and a championship, with these three having really excelled elsewhere.
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3. Cameron Johnson

Cameron Johnson was part of the trade package that allowed the Suns to acquire Durant from the Brooklyn Nets. It was difficult to see Johnson in a different jersey, as the fanbase loved to see him play for the Valley.

He was a lottery pick by the Suns in 2019 and slowly developed into a solid contributor to the franchise. In his final year in Phoenix, he averaged 13.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists. He shot 45.5 percent from beyond the arc, which remains the highest efficiency of his career.

Johnson was traded in the middle of the 2022-23 season and quickly impacted the scoring department for the Nets. In 25 games, he registered 16.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists. In the playoffs, he had his highest point production with the Nets. He averaged 18.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.8 in four games last year, the highest in his career.

His numbers have decreased this season, but he's shown he can excel under a different system. The Nets have a solid role player in Johnson.