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Anatomy of a deal: How the Phoenix Suns added both Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender

While the Phoenix Suns planned to add a second Top-8 pick to their mix for weeks, it wasn't until draft day they decided those picks should be power forwards. In three years since taking over as General Manager of the Phoenix Suns, Ryan McDonough's roster building strategy evidenced an unusual fascination with multiples. Until now, that's been focuewith guards. More specifically...
Via Bright Side Of The Sun
13 hours ago

The Newest Phoenix Suns Draftees are Unveiled to the World

Tyler Ulis rocks the pink polo with the best of them. There was a buzz around the room prior to the arrival of the newest Phoenix Suns. Media, staff, and even Devin Booker were all anxiously awaiting for last night's draftees to speak about their experiences to this point and their expectations for what is to come. Perhaps the best news to come out of today's interviews is that...
Via Bright Side Of The Sun
1 day ago

Phoenix Suns accelerate rebuilding process with 2016 draft

PHOENIX (AP) Marquese Chriss wanted to play in Phoenix but figured his chance had passed when the Suns used the No. 4 overall pick of the NBA draft on Dragan Bender. Chriss' agent told him the next few teams would likely be taking guards, so the athletic forward turned his focus toward Sacramento. He grew up just north of the California capitol in Pleasant Grove, so his sister...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cousins: draft night tweet about ‘a hot sculpting class’

If only DeMarcus Cousins was as good at lying as he is in the low post. After creating a small stir by seemingly express displeasure with the Kings’ moves on draft night with a conveniently-timed subtweet, Cousins tried his best to set the record straight on Friday, albeit jestingly so. The All-Star center told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated that the tweet had nothing to do...
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Bright Side of the Sun Podcast: The Phoenix Suns are one of the big winners on draft night

The 2016 NBA Draft is over and the Phoenix Suns made some serious noise. Owen Sanborn joined me to discuss all the happenings. We jumped all over the place, with topics including: Phoenix being one of the big winners of draft night The value of trading up for Marquese Chriss What we will be watching for when Dragan Bender and Chriss play together Our questions about Bender...
Via Bright Side Of The Sun
1 day ago

WATCH: Fantastic Fours

During the 2016 NBA Draft, the Phoenix Suns grabbed a pair of power forwards capable of delivering from downtown.
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

DeMarcus Cousins seems frustrated by Kings’ draft pick

The Sacramento Kings had a busy first round of the 2016 NBA Draft, but did they have a good one? DeMarcus Cousins does not seem to think so. Lord give me the strength — DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) June 24, 2016 This is a real problem. The Kings’ 2015-16 season wasn’t exactly harmonious. Getting rid of George Karl seemed to be a step towards appeasing the superstar...
Via Sportsnaut
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Phoenix Suns draft Marquese Chriss via Sacramento

Phoenix trades up to #8 and gets their man Marquese Chriss; how does he fit with the Suns?   The Player: Marquese Chriss has a limitless ceiling…and a bottomless floor. He could be the next Amare Stoudemire, or the next Tyrus Thomas. He can hit shots from outside, defend on the perimeter, and offers elite athleticism. But his rebounding was worse than many point guards in this...
Via The Lottery Mafia
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Suns address their front court, take Dragan Bender with fourth pick

The Phoenix Suns addressed their frontcourt Thursday, taking center Dragan Bender with the fourth-overall pick in the NBA Draft.Bender, who played for Maccabi Tel Aviv last season, reminds some of Knicks' budding star Kristaps Porzingis, as both big men can stretch the floor and are explosive in space. But there are questions about whether Bender has the desire to be great, which...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Suns get young Croatian forward Dragan Bender with 1st pick

PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns went international with their first pick in the draft, choosing Croatian forward Dragan Bender with the No. 4 selection overall. The 7-foot-1 ''stretch'' forward is just 18 years old, weighs 220 pounds and is expected to need some time to mature and beef up. But he is an athletic, agile sharpshooter who would fill a position of need for Phoenix....
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

NBA Draft 2016: Suns select Dragan Bender with first of three picks

The Phoenix Suns were picking in the top 14 for the sixth straight year and they want to end that streak going into the 2016-17 season. They took who they hope to be the next Kristaps Porzingis in Croatian power forward Dragan Bender. With the 4th pick in the @NBA Draft the Phoenix Suns select Dragan Bender! #SunsDraft pic.twitter.com/M2EHT3JMK5 — Phoenix Suns (@Suns) June 24...
Via Campus Sports Net
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Phoenix Suns select Dragan Bender

With Dragan Bender heading to the desert, how does he fit in Phoenix? The Player: Dragan Bender seems to be a perfect stretch-4. He is tall and long, able to rebound and provide rim protection. He can switch out on the perimeter when necessary, and he has quick hands. On offense he can shoot from all around the court, and even showed some passing skill for Macabbi Tel Aviv. While...
Via The Lottery Mafia
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Phoenix Suns select Dragan Bender with the fourth pick of the 2016 NBA Draft

Ben Simmons went first overall to the 76ers, Brandon Ingram went second to the LA Lakers and Jaylen Brown was chosen third by the Boston Celtics. With the fourth pick of the 2016 NBA Draft, the Phoenix Suns then selected…… Dragan Bender. Bender is an 18 year old from Croatia. Bender is a 6’11” forward who will need to be molded. He has agility and can shoot the ball but will...
Via Crossover Chronicles
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Does Phoenix Go Fishing at No. 13?

When the draft goes live in just a few hours, some teams will have no picks and others will have more than they know what to do with. The Phoenix Suns are more likely to fall into the latter category as owners of three first-round picks and too many options. The current roster situation for Phoenix isn’t too bad, but it isn’t too good either. The Suns are stuck in the hyper...
Via The Lottery Mafia
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Kenneth Faried vs Gordon Hayward: Phoenix Suns Pursuing the Wrong One

Between the upcoming NBA Draft and the start of free agency, the Phoenix Suns must address their forward position. Currently they have T.J. Warren and P.J. Tucker coming back at small forward and Alan Williams at power forward. There is talent there, but not nearly enough. The sharp shooting duo of power forwards, Jon Leuer […] Kenneth Faried vs Gordon Hayward: Phoenix Suns Pursuing...
Via Valley of the Suns
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Phoenix Suns shopping Eric Bledsoe

The Phoenix Suns could be poised to make significant changes in the coming weeks. According to Sean Deveney of the Sporting News, Eric Bledsoe is “firmly on the trading block,” with the Suns in search of frontcourt help. They may replace Bledsoe with Providence’s Kris Dunn, whom they are reportedly eyeing with the No. 4 pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft. Bledsoe signed a big...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Sydel Curry calls out Skip Bayless for disrespecting brother Seth

Sydel Curry did not appreciate Skip Bayless disrespecting her brother, Seth, on Twitter during Game 7 Sunday, so she let him hear about it. Bayless, the eternal troll, said the referees were not treating Steph Curry like an MVP, but instead a reserve player like Seth. Sydel did not like hearing Skip prop up one of her brothers by disrespecting the other, and she responded perfectly...
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Continuously Increasing Salary Cap Makes Phoenix Suns Sale Even Less Likely

The 2016-17 NBA salary cap projection has once again been increased, this time up to $94 million. This is the third time the NBA has had to increase their projection of the 2016-17 salary cap. The league is literally growing too fast for the NBA to project. Shams Charania of the Vertical reported on Yahoo.com […] Continuously Increasing Salary Cap Makes Phoenix Suns Sale Even Less...
Via Valley of the Suns
6 days ago  |  Discuss

What Would It Cost Phoenix Suns to Keep All 3 First Round Picks?

The Phoenix Suns enter the NBA draft with three first round picks, as well as the 34th overall pick (4th pick of the second round). There are the obvious concerns over roster spots when you potentially add four draft picks. Given the depth in this draft, the Suns will need to consider it anyways. One […] What Would It Cost Phoenix Suns to Keep All 3 First Round Picks? - Valley...
Via Valley of the Suns
7 days ago  |  Discuss

NBA Team Draft Needs: The Phoenix Suns

Welcome to SQ’s exclusive NBA Draft coverage of team needs leading up to the draft. Over the next three weeks we will be publishing thorough articles for every team drafting in the first round. Here are our first articles on the Sixers, Lakers, Celtics, and Timberwolves. In every article we will highlight team needs and what they should be looking to do with every pick they have...
Via The Sports Quotient
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Knicks finalizing deal to make Jeff Hornacek next coach

Phil Jackson has found his man. Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck is reporting that the New York Knicks have hired Jeff Hornacek to be their next head coach. Breaking: Knicks will hire Jeff Hornacek as head coach, per NBA source. — Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) May 18, 2016 Hornacek previously coached the Phoenix Suns for just short of three seasons, amassing a 101-112 record...
Via Sportsnaut
May 18, 2016  |  Discuss
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