Suns Draft Reaction

Phoenix Suns #1 Pick Overall

My immediate take as soon as the first pick of the NBA draft happened was, thank goodness the Suns didn’t mess it up. The Suns added a very exciting young big that is an elite rebounder and solid scorer from the post. Deandre Ayton has excellent touch on his jump shot from mid-range and shoots 75% from the free throw line.

Playing in Sean Miller’s defense, you would expect the seven-footer to be better than the fourth-ranked within the Pac-12 in blocked shots. He attributed the lack of blocks to not playing much on the ball defense in the system. I see him being able to use his freakish athleticism to defend at a high level in the NBA despite what Joel Embiid tweets.

I am very excited to see the two-man game that Booker and Ayton can create for Phoenix. Will they be Stockton and Malone or Kobe and Shaq, I doubt it. But, I do think that they will create unique matchups to take advantage of most teams.

Phoenix Suns #16 Pick

The Suns’ second pick had a little drama to it. As the picks kept coming in and Micheal Porter Jr. was still on the board at 12, Suns draft twitter started getting excited. There was real buzz that the 6′ 10″ phenom would still be on the board for Phoenix. By the time the Nuggets were on the clock fans were foaming at the mouth for the big man as Denver ruined their hopes and took Porter two picks ahead of the Suns.

When the 16th pick arrived fans were convinced that the pick was Donte DiVincenzo, but a trade offer came in. John Gambadoro detailed this perfectly on Twitter.

Bridges, whose mother works for the Sixers was giving an interview about how great it is to stay in Philly before he found out about the trade. It had to be a tough moment for Bridges, but an early reminder that this is a business. I like Bridges a lot. He is a knockdown shooter from the catch and shoot or off the dribble. Bridges is also a good defender and finishes at the rim very well. He can be a starter next year if the Suns decide to play Booker, Jackson, and Bridges together.

Suns Pick #31 (Second Round)

Finally, with the 31st pick, the Suns took the French guard Elie Okobo. The guard once dropped 44 in a first-round playoff game and averaged nearly three steals a game. I don’t know enough about him to say if he is the answer to the point guard issue in Phoenix, but at 31 he was worth the risk.

As a struggling Suns fan, I would say that I am skeptically optimistic, but there is hope. That is something that I haven’t had in a while when it comes to the hometown team. Let me know what you think about the picks in the comments or on twitter @lennyletcher.

The World Cup and The NBA Draft

The World cup is in full swing and Cristiano Ronaldo has given Portugal a 1-0 lead over Morocco with a header in the fourth minute. This year has not been the same as years past with the US not fielding a team. But, the few games that I have been able to watch have been fantastic and full of excitement. So find a TV this weekend and watch the games as we start to see who is going to come out of each group.
The NBA draft is on tomorrow and my Phoenix Suns are expected to do the right thing and take Ayton. If for some reason they lose their minds and take Doncic I will stop watching them for the rest of my life. If the Suns went outside of expectation and drafted Marvin Bagley III, I would actually be ok with that. He is a talented big that could develop into a monster in the NBA.
All of this is happening while Kawhi Leonard and coach Popovich meet to discuss the future of the defensive juggernaut. Most people expect that he ends up in LA with Lebron and a few other all-stars. I am not sure how I would feel about another superteam forming in the west and particularly in the same division as the Suns, but we will find out how the chips fall soon.
 
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Cardinals Win With Help From the Old Guys

So, the Cardinals played their best game of the season and almost blew it in the second half.
After the massive news of the trade for Adrian Peterson from the saints for a 6th round pick, you could feel the buzz of excitement. On AP’s first carry he burst through the hole and carried a couple of defenders with him for eight yards, and the fans exploded. That energy gave the Cardinals what they needed the rest of the first half when they went up 24-0.
It was the first time in NFL history that three players with 40,000 yards passing, 10,000 yard rushing and 10,000 yards receiving all started a game for the same team. The same is true for touchdowns also, 300 total TDs for Carson, 100 total for Fitz, and 100 total for AP is the largest combination of career touchdowns on any team, ever. In yesterday’s game, they all played amazingly. Carson went 18/22 and three TDs, AP had 136 yards 2 TDs, while Larry made ten catches for 138 yards and a touchdown look easy.
Those are all fun stats, but the real change came on the offensive line. You guys all know that rant and rave about line play. They stepped up. Carson was not sacked until their final drive of the first half, and it was a coverage sack. He was sacked twice and hit four times in the game. That was better than a couple of drives the Cardinals had in previous games. I love that the Oline is coming together at the right time.
Finally the bad. We let them score 33 points in the second half. 27 in the fourth quarter. Patrick Peterson injured his quad that he was nursing all week in practice and didn’t play in the fourth. Larry fumbled, and it was returned for a TD, and we punted twice. Even after all of that, the game never felt like it was out of Arizona’s control.
I am hoping that this momentum will help them as they travel across the pond to London to play the Rams next week. This is a huge division game that the Cardinals have to win. The vibe has changed in Arizona, and I love it.
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