Phoenix

Suns

Survey data collected from team site writers and editors.

5.9

Out of 10

I trust in management and the coaching staff

6.9

Out of 10

I enjoy rooting for these players and this franchise

7.8

Out of 10

I am optimistic about the direction of the team

A Q&A with Evan Sidery of SB Nation’s Suns site Bright Side of the Sun.

What needs to happen for this to be an enjoyable season for Suns fans?

There needs to be progress seen out of the main Core Four of Devin Booker, Josh Jackson, Marquese Chriss, and Dragan Bender. Not much is expected out of the Suns this season, but they should keep us entertained with the pace and small lineups they have planned.

Phoenix Suns
Position Starters Bench
Guards Eric Bledsoe Tyler Ulis Mike James Brandon Knight
Wings Devin Booker T.J. Warren Josh Jackson Troy Daniels Derrick Jones Jr. Davon Reed
Bigs Marquese Chriss Tyson Chandler Alex Len Dragan Bender Jared Dudley Alan Williams

What makes Suns fans most excited about this year? What makes Suns fans most nervous?

The same answer: Will Devin Booker take the "star" jump this season? Even though many in the Valley expect it, Booker will have to show a more efficient and well-rounded skill set to receive more national respect.

However, we think Booker does take that jump and averages 25 points and five assists this season.

What storyline might a national audience be missing about the Suns?

How young this roster is. We could see as many as eight players age 23 and under in the rotation at some point this year. That shows you how far away Phoenix is from contention and how early they are in the rebuilding process. We are just now starting #TheTimeline.

Why should neutrals pay attention to the Suns this year?

Even though there won't be a lot of wins, this is an interesting roster to watch develop. There's a ton of talent. Now, we just have to see it mature together. Other than the 76ers, Phoenix might have the most talented (and greenest) young core in the league.

What's your prediction for the season?

27-55, No. 15 in West. The Suns roll out the tanks one last time as they try to obtain the likes of Luka Doncic, Marvin Bagley III, or Michael Porter Jr.