How can the Phoenix Suns improve their bench scoring?

After finishing dead last in bench points last season, the Suns need to address the issue at hand for the 2024-25 campaign.
Minnesota Timberwolves v Phoenix Suns - Game Four
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Help from the bench usually translates to winning. The Phoenix Suns struggled to get production from the bench last season and mostly got their offense from the starters. Among all teams in the NBA, the Suns ranked dead last in bench scoring with 26.6. If the team wishes to compete for the title, they'd have to figure out how to balance the point production for next season.

Last season is still fresh for most Suns fans. The team started with high expectations, and their campaign ended in a first-round sweep in the postseason. Their production from the bench isn't the main problem, which is why it hasn't been given much attention.

Phoenix put all the scoring responsibility on their star players, which was expected but isn't the smartest move

For the next season, the Suns could try and take a risk of reshaping their rotation under coach Mike Budenholzer. It could improve their scoring and highlight one player in particular with a certain decision. I'm talking about moving Bradley Beal to the bench for next season.

Last season, Beal averaged less than 20 points for the first time since the 2015-16 season. He finished with 18.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and five assists for his first season with the Suns. Not only did his injuries affect his performances but he looked like he struggled sharing the ball with Devin Booker and Kevin Durant.

The other two stars have a unique chemistry that they can still score at a high level without giving up much of their touches. However, putting in another star who plays effectively only when he has the ball, it's a recipe for disaster.

Beal is an intelligent scorer who could provide a much-needed scoring burst for the Suns next season. Moving him to the bench doesn't mean he'll have to play fewer minutes, as he can still play more than 30 minutes. Putting one of the three main scorers is a smart strategy for Phoenix. They can have production from the bench and not stress about sitting the other two stars when needed.

My prediction is that Beal could get back to averaging at least 20 points for the next season if they consider this move. The three-time All-Star will have all the reins as the team's sixth man since veteran guard Eric Gordon could entertain other offers and decline his player option this summer.

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Beal wouldn't be alone as the Suns could give backup center Bol Bol a chance to shine off the bench. Bol has one of the highest point production per 36 minutes. Last season, he averaged 17.1 points per 36 minutes. This means, he needs the chance to get playing time.

Both Bol and Beal would thrive as the Suns' go-to players off the bench (mostly Beal). This game plan will allow the team to have more flexibility in resting their starters and not have dead scoring periods.