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Sunday Funday: Can the Suns recreate any pick-and-roll magic with Deandre Ayton?

Sunday Funday: Can the Suns recreate any pick-and-roll magic with Deandre Ayton?

He’s the most athletic center since Amar’e in the Valley of the Sun. Can he be as exciting? As we talk more and more about the potential of the killer pick-and-roll tandem of Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton next year with the young Phoenix Suns, let’s take a walk down memory lane to watch some of the best Suns tandems in recent years. But before that, let’s see the best of recent Suns teams. Booker, T.J. to Tyson Chandler Look, it’s slim pickings lately. None of Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight or... well any of the point guard journeymen ‘round these parts have been good at the...
Aug 18, 2018
Locked On Suns Saturday: What awards could Suns players be in line for this season?

Locked On Suns Saturday: What awards could Suns players be in line for this season?

From Devin Booker’s All-NBA chances to Deandre Ayton’s Rookie of the Year odds, we project the best Suns’ award bets. On today’s episode, we discuss which NBA awards the Suns could realistically be in contention for following the 2018-19 season. We consider: Who would Devin Booker have to leapfrog to be an All-NBA guard? Can Deandre Ayton put up big enough numbers to fend off Marvin Bagley III or Luka Doncic for Rookie of the Year? Where does Mikal Bridges fall when contemplating this year’s rookie class? Could he make an All-Rookie team? Is there any chance TJ Warren accepts...
Aug 17, 2018
Fanning the Flames Podcast: Mailbag Edition

Fanning the Flames Podcast: Mailbag Edition

Justin and Paul answer the questions that have consumed you this offseason. Have you been on the edge of your seat awaiting the special mailbag edition of Fanning the Flames? Well, wait no longer. The mailbag edition is here. You asked the questions and we are here to give you our answers. Will something give between Josh Jackson, TJ Warren, and Mikal Bridges? What are the Suns going to do at point guard? Will the Suns make a trade? Which Arizona team will have a better winning percentage this season, the Suns or the Cardinals (curveball)? Listen in and find out. Agree with our answers?...
Aug 17, 2018
Can Trevor Ariza really play power forward this year for the Suns?

Can Trevor Ariza really play power forward this year for the Suns?

We know he WILL play power forward this year a lot, but CAN he do it well? After all the summer moves, one stands out like the sorest of sore thumbs. In need of a veteran starting-caliber power forward to help solidify a young core of 20-21 year olds SF Josh Jackson, C Deandre Ayton and SG Devin Booker, the Suns went out and got Trevor Ariza from the Houston Rockets. Ariza fits the bill as a veteran (15 seasons), as a starter (full-time starter 8 of last 9 seasons) and as a winner (9 of 15 seasons, including the last 5). He’s never been a #1 option, never an All-Star, and never a top-paid...
Aug 16, 2018
Luka Doncic says Deandre Ayton will win Rookie of the Year

Luka Doncic says Deandre Ayton will win Rookie of the Year

The BSOTS team will have to agree. For months Phoenix fans debated who the Suns should select with the number one overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. The discussion really came down to two players. Deandre Ayton or Luka Doncic. It was a fun conversation for awhile. Then it was not fun. Then it got boring. Then it was done. And now we know that it’s Ayton’s name that will one day be included with Hawkins, Barkley, and Majerle in the Suns Ring of Honor. That’s going to be awhile, though. First he has a Rookie of the Year Trophy to collect. And to hear Doncic tell it, that’s exactly...
Aug 16, 2018
Locked On Suns Thursday: Going bananas with hypothetical questions for former host Kellan Olson

Locked On Suns Thursday: Going bananas with hypothetical questions for former host Kellan Olson

Fake trades, the latest rumors and more craziness as we celebrate our 300th episode. On today’s episode, we welcome back former host Kellan Olson to celebrate episode No. 300 of the show. To properly celebrate, we dive right into the Suns’ present and future, chatting about various hypotheticals, including: How good does Devin Booker have to be for it to translate to more winning? Is Josh Jackson the only real top-notch trade asset on the Suns? How long before we finally see the cash-in trade Ryan McDonough has been building toward? We get into all of it (and plenty more) in a very...
Aug 16, 2018
Is Ayton vs Embiid Already a Great Rivalry?

Is Ayton vs Embiid Already a Great Rivalry?

Plus Is Durant Coming to Phoenix? And more in this week’s BS of the Suns August as an NBA fan is how I imagine an Alaskan winter must feel like. Perpetually dark regardless of the time, cold with only brief glimpses and reminders of what the warm glow of the Sun(s) feels like. Needless to say, it leaves all of us longing for something to happen. As a writer tasked with talking about the Phoenix Suns, it is a month of doing so much stretching that you could join Aaron Nelson’s staff. Sure, I could write a breakdown of the 82 game schedule recently released but the simple answer is the...
Aug 15, 2018
How many wins do the Suns need by the New Year to avoid tanking again?

How many wins do the Suns need by the New Year to avoid tanking again?

Reasonably speaking, the Suns need to improve. But if they don’t, how long can they wait before they decide to play for draft picks again? Phoenix Suns fans are tired of the abject losing. We are tired of the Suns’ management and ownership team trying to lose games. They’ve been obvious about the plan, to everyone from fans to players to coaches, ever since cornerstone player Devin Booker emerged. But we’re tired. So very tired. 2017-18: Lost Knight for season, traded Eric Bledsoe for a draft pick; Lost 32 of 36 games in one second-half stretch, clinching the league’s worst...
Aug 14, 2018
How soon can Devin Booker be an ‘NBA 2K’ cover athlete?

How soon can Devin Booker be an ‘NBA 2K’ cover athlete?

The Phoenix Suns have a spotty track record when it comes to headlining video games August is the month where motivation goes to die. It’s also the time of year when the league’s 30 front offices hold their collective breath for 31 days in the hopes their superstar doesn’t injure himself in some stupid pickup game. Really, that’s a pretty accurate summation of what’s happening across the NBA. But the lack of anything consequential does leave time for other things, like video games. NBA players and video games go together like peanut butter and video games. (I can’t stress the...
Aug 13, 2018
Locked On Suns Monday: We go month by month through the 2018-19 schedule

Locked On Suns Monday: We go month by month through the 2018-19 schedule

With a road-heavy first half of the year, the Suns will have to fight a real battle to improve on last year’s record. On today’s episode, we break down the Suns’ 2018-19 schedule month by month, ending up with a very early projection of the team’s record next season. The Suns have two road trips longer than four games before the calendar flips to 2019. That means they get the very best Eastern Conference teams out of the way early on, but it’s a tough way to start. However, Phoenix has a real opportunity to make up ground in January and February and gel as a team to finish the...
Aug 13, 2018
Deandre Ayton clowns Joel Embiid with new Panini America basketball card

Deandre Ayton clowns Joel Embiid with new Panini America basketball card

The summer beef between Phoenix Suns future Hall of Famer Deandre Ayton and Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid now has pictures to go with the words. Ayton designed a “sketch card” for Panini America, and drew himself dunking over a player wearing a #21 jersey with the letters “PHI” across the front. I know, I thought the same thing. Why would the Suns rookie go out of his way to fire a shot at World B. Free before he’s even played in an NBA game? That’s a peculiar move. But no, it appears Embiid is the target of Ayton’s artistic expression. So . . . who is @Suns rook...
Aug 13, 2018
Suns’ training staff back under microscope heading into a new season

Suns’ training staff back under microscope heading into a new season

With both Brandon Knight and Isaiah Canaan back on the court following big injuries, Aaron Nelson and his team have the spotlight once more. Though they lost some lustre through the poor performance of the Suns’ young squad in recent seasons, the renowned Phoenix training staff will have a chance this year to show once again what makes them special. Back when the Suns were frequent entrants into the postseason, the team was known as much for its folkloric training staff as its MVP point guard. That only changed as, with each loss, Phoenix became known more and more for well, nothing....
Aug 13, 2018
Solar Panel, ep. 84: Where special guest Bobby Marks gives Suns’ offseason a B-plus

Solar Panel, ep. 84: Where special guest Bobby Marks gives Suns’ offseason a B-plus

Tim and Greg have the latest Suns news, then Dave has an interview with former Nets assistant general manager and ESPN contributor Bobby Marks on the Suns’ offseason. This week, we divide and conquer to provide you with a great episode of the Solar Panel. First, Tim and Greg talk over the latest Suns news, and pick their most important takeaways from the Phoenix Suns schedule release, including strength of schedule and big games. Then, Dave brings you an exclusive interview with ESPN Front Office Insider Bobby Marks, who grades the Suns offseason — Bobby says Ayton was the clear No. 1...
Aug 13, 2018
Center of the Sun: The Suns are loaded with potential, but can they turn that into production?

Center of the Sun: The Suns are loaded with potential, but can they turn that into production?

Let’s hope so — Suns fans deserve better than another sub-30 win season. Welcome to the weekly news roundup of your Phoenix Suns. The Suns finished last season with not only the worst record in the NBA, but also dead last in both offensive and defensive efficiency. If they don’t want this season to turn out like the last, improvement in both areas is imperative. The additions of Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges through the draft and Trevor Ariza through free agency will hopefully assist them in both areas. New head coach Igor Kokoskov will also hopefully put together offensive and...
Aug 12, 2018
Bobby Marks on Suns GM: You should only get two coaching hires

Bobby Marks on Suns GM: You should only get two coaching hires

Suns GM has had too many mulligans in his five year tenure. This week on the Solar Panel, we got to talk to Bobby Marks, former Asst. GM of the Nets and current ESPN Front Office Insider, about the Suns offseason (he liked it!) and his assessment of the work Suns GM Ryan McDonough has done over the past five years. Check your podcast feeds for the latest Solar Panel out today. One hot take, that Bobby says his agent would not appreciate, is that he believes every GM should have a cap on the number of coaches they can hire during their tenure. “I always say it’s a two coach limit for a...