3 Phoenix Suns who need monster second halves to save their jobs

The Phoenix Suns are gearing up for a run to the postseason, and these three players need monster second halves to save their jobs.

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2. Josh Okogie

It is strange that Josh Okogie finds himself on this list - and unfortunately for him - it may also be an indicator that the Suns have moved on and are a better team without him contributing as much. Okogie was one of the few holdovers from last season brought back this year, and in the early goings it was easy to see why.

He has a relationship with Booker - he appears to be the only player who also wears Booker's newly released signature shoe - and defensively he still brings it on most nights. But the starting five is just better with Grayson Allen and Jusuf Nurkic in it, and his starts have dwindled as the season has progressed. In 49 games played so far, Okogie has started just 11 times.

His minutes are down slightly on last season (17.6 compared to 18.8 a night), and the 28.9 percent he is shooting from deep have hurt his cause as well. In 2022-23, Okogie managed a just about adequate 33.5 percent from 3-point range on 2.7 attempts per game. This season he's taking a shot less and putting up worse numbers, which is never going to help his cause.

Okogie's situation is a little bit different because he could still have a job with the Suns beyond this season. But whereas he was a top six or seven guy at the start of this season, at this point he is in danger of slipping out of the second unit altogether. Okogie is an unrestricted free agent this summer and is still only 25 - so even if it doesn't work out in Phoenix - he'll resurface elsewhere.