Phoenix Suns News, Rumors, Injuries & Recruiting
azcentral.com: TMZ report: NBA head coach, former Arizona Wildcats player Luke Walton sued for sexual assault by reporter
NBA coach Luke Walton is being sued for alleged sexual assault, according to TMZ.
The lawsuit was filed by Kelli Tennant, a sports reporter, for an incident in May of 2017.
Walton played at the University of Arizona, before he was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2003. He was head coach of the Lakers for the past three seasons, before he and the team mutually parted ways earlier this month. On April 14, he was announced as head coach of the Sacramento Kings.
Bright Side Of The Sun: Center of the Sun: The NBA Draft Lottery will be the key to the Suns' offseason
It goes without saying (but I'll say it anyway) that this offseason will be critical for the Suns. Before the injury bug hit full force, there were glimmers of what might be a team much better than it's final 19-63 record implies.
This is the team that we saw on opening night:
This is the team that we saw go 6-4 early in March:
* Johnson did not play in one of those 6 wins and Bender did not start in another.
Three of the Suns' opening night starters (Canaan, Ariza and Anderson) did not finish the season with the team.
Official Site of the Suns: 2018-19 Season Rewind: Troy Daniels
14.9 minutes per game.
6.2 points. 1.4 rebounds.
41.1 FG%. 38.1 3P% 78.3 FT%
Troy Daniels scored a season-high 18 points when the Suns tipped-off against the Miami Heat on Dec. 7. Daniels knocked down a season-high six three-pointers while shooting 60% from deep (6/10).<b>12/7/18 Troy Daniels vs Heat Highlights</b>
3/23/19: 16 points, 4-of-10 three-pointers, 3 rebounds, 1 block vs Sacramento.<b>3/23/19 Troy Daniels vs Kings Highlights</b>
3/01/19: 15 points, 4-of-6 three-pointers, 4 rebounds, 1 steal vs New Orleans<b>3/1/19 Troy Daniels vs Pelicans Highlights</b>
2/25/19: 14 points, 3-of-3 three-pointers, 2 assists, 1 steal in win vs Miami<b>2/25/19 Troy Daniels vs Heat Highlights</b>
4/05/19: 14 points, 4-of-7 three-pointers, 2 rebounds, 1 steal in win vs New Orleans<b>4/5/19 Troy Daniels vs Pelicans Highlights</b>
Daniels made the most of his minutes throughout the season as he was one of just two players to play less than 15 minutes and shoot over 38% from three on at least 150 attempts.
Official Site of the Suns: 2018-19 Season Rewind: Jimmer Fredette
6 games. 10.8 minutes per game.
3.7 points. 1.3 assists 1.2 rebounds.
12.2 points. 4.4 assists. 3.9 rebounds.
Jimmer Fredette's biggest game came against a familiar crowd of his in Utah against the Jazz on April 3. Fredette scored 10 points with one rebound, one assist and two steals in his first double-digit scoring game in the NBA in four years.<b>Jimmer Fredette: Highlights </b>
Fredette's double-digit performance came in his 53rd game playing at least 20 minutes in his career.
Devin Booker : 52 points : vs. @WashWizards Relive it here https://t.co/tkhSg1vAyT
Fansided: Josh Jackson shows signs of growth for the Phoenix Suns in 2018-19
There is no more enigmatic player on the Phoenix Suns' roster than Josh Jackson.
Coming into the 2017 draft, analysts saw him as the hidden treasure (some saying that he would be the best player in the draft) while Markelle Fultz, Jayson Tatum, and Lonzo Ball dominated the overall conversation.
Yet his first year was underwhelming, eliciting calls of yet another Phoenix Suns' bust.
Jackson's 3-point shooting cratered and quieted the ideas of a 3-and-D wing. Even more worrisome, his defense and competitiveness didn't immediately translate from the University of Kansas.
Fansided: Suns Squared: Jarrett Culver
Despite the disappointing end to the season for Texas Tech, a trip to the NCAA Tournament Finals to culminate an excellent tournament run is a season to be proud of.
Jarrett Culver was the key to this run for the Red Raiders and the versatile wing has a great NBA base to work from with the potential to reach an even higher ceiling given growth in his game.
Culver posted solid stats in a variety of categories in 2019 which display's his versatility.
He posted a 26.
azcentral.com: Spring cleaning: Revising USA TODAY'S 'Best NBA players under 25' list
Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden are the front runners for the NBA Most Valuable Player. This is how their seasons compare. Wochit, Wochit
This turned out to be tougher than I thought, but fun nonetheless.
Going into the 2018-19 season, USA TODAY compiled a list of "32 of the best" NBA players under the age of 25.
No rookies. Hadn't played a game yet at the time.
No one the age of 25, either. So that excluded All-Star Anthony Davis.
Now that the regular season is in the books and the playoffs are in full swing, let's make some slight adjustments, but first things first.
Bright Side Of The Sun: Solar Panel, ep. 123: Special guest Sam Vecenie discusses Suns 'idiot proof' off season
Tim and Dave are here for all your Suns off season news and storylines, including The Athletic's indepth look at the Phoenix Suns current state and clear road forward to relevancy.
Topics this week begin with a mail bag section where we respond to readers!Basketball topics only! (well, except a PG-rated minute on Jacksonville strip clubs)
What IS a realistic trade, anyway?
Who can the Suns target in free agency?
Then we get to talk to NBA and draft expert Sam Vecenie of The Athletic.
Bright Side Of The Sun: An Easter egg hunt for Suns fans
Whether you celebrate this holiday or not, you can appreciate the silliness that is the Easter "mascot". Somehow we are led to believe that Easter is best repped by a fluffy white bunny. Not a brown bunny, like the Velveteen Rabbit. But a white one, with a cotton tail and all. And this bunny usually wears a cute brightly-colored fitted jacket, potentially the inspiration of some of Russell Westbrook's wardrobe.
On top of that, we are to believe that this Easter Bunny runs around hiding eggs throughout our properties. We are not told how the bunny gets all these eggs, since bunnies don't lay eggs.
Bright Side Of The Sun: What these playoffs tell us about how the Suns should build around Deandre Ayton
When the Suns drafted Deandre Ayton -- despite their public declarations of his NBA readiness and generational talent -- Ryan McDonough, James Jones and Co. knew the future would entail adjustments and reconsiderations.
Ayton met expectations as a rookie and put together one of the more productive campaigns we've seen, more than living up the billing of the No. 1 pick.
Watching the 2019 NBA playoffs, the continuation last year of a trend that makes it difficult to keep traditional big men on the floor has already eaten up Rudy Gobert and Jarrett Allen and will undoubtedly claim more victims as the chess match intensifies on the court.
Bright Side Of The Sun: Are we ruling out R.J. Barrett too early in the draft process for the Suns?
Nearly two years ago, R.J. Barrett broke out onto the scene with a historic performance for Team Canada in the FIBA U19 Semifinal against Team USA. On his way to pouring in 38 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists on 12-of-24 shooting, Barrett established himself as the No. 1 prospect for the 2018 recruiting class ahead of even the enigma that is Zion Williamson.
Ironically enough, Barrett ended up forming his own superteam of sorts during his one year at Duke University when Williamson and Cam Reddish joined him as the top three recruits nationwide.
Bright Side Of The Sun: The Athletic adds to the reported upswell of Suns interest in point guard Ja Morant
The debate surrounding what the Suns will do with their first-round pick in this year's NBA Draft will groan on until at least lottery night on May 14, but it's never too early to get started.
Based on the Suns' need for a point guard as well as Phoenix's heavy and uncharacteristic studiousness of Murray State point guard Ja Morant's game during the Ohio Valley Conference tournament in March, a small but growing perception that the Suns preferred Morant over Duke forward Zion Williamson materialized the past month or so.
Fansided: The Brooklyn Nets really make me miss Phoenix Suns playoff basketball
I am fortunate to have Sirius/XM radio in my car, and when I have to drive around, NBA Radio is usually what I have on.
On April 20, I happened to have a lot of driving time, which allowed me to listen to the Brooklyn Nets radio broadcast of their Game 4 first round loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.
From a listener's perspective, even for a non-Nets fan, it was a blast.
The Barclay's Center was loud and full of energy, the announcer (I have no idea his name) was often yelling at the top of his lungs, both with excitement but also to be heard over the roar of the home attendees, and the entire time I kept hearkening back to the many years in my life in which I listening to Al McCoy call Phoenix Suns playoff games, bringing back mental images and emotional memories that I hadn't contemplated in many years.
Fansided: If the Phoenix Suns jump back in the draft, they may target De'Andre Hunter
Virginia won the title this year largely behind their team play and defensive system but was led by a trio of go-to players in Ty Jerome, Kyle Guy, and De'Andre Hunter.
All three players provided important contributions but De'Andre Hunter has the highest NBA ceiling. Hunter's NBA appeal is largely based on his frame and defensive upside, which are things that don't often come through in statistics in abundance.
Never the less, we will breakdown his stats to see what stands out.
The one number we can bank on is Hunter's frame which is his 6'7 height combined with a 7'2 wingspan.