fourth/fifth of the sunsStarting – and closing – index points are locked. But who is the fifth starter? Who is the first player on the bench?
He said New Suns coach Frank Vogel gives a lot of opportunities to players Duane Rankin of the Arizona Republic.
“I think he’s the best player, really. We’re going to have a lot of guys that have an opportunity to be the fifth guy. Versatility, maybe being able to guard multiple positions or maybe an elite shooter. Maybe it’s just another playmaker. I I think we have a lot of guys with different skill sets and we’re going to play a lot of different lineups throughout the year, but I think all of those skill sets will fit the four players you mentioned.. We’ll see how it plays out. slow.”
Vogel has taken the right approach, they don’t need to get fit in October, they need it by April. They also don’t need a traditional point guard, Vogel has already said Beal will play that role (which we all assume means Booker, Beal and Durant will take turns starting offense). It’s also very likely that the line-up – especially the bottom five – will be situational depending on the other team’s line-up and strengths.
Josh Okogie Started every game for the Suns a year ago and was the best defensive option, especially against smaller guards or wings. Yuta Watanabe Provides a 3&D option against taller players – he’s 6’10, can hit the 3 and is good at moving the ball on offense. Eric Gordon The best offensive option of the bunch, he can hit the 3 and shoot (47 percent last season) or lay the ball up and create, plus he’s a solid defender. Maybe Vogel wants to see how Keita Bates-Diop Or even (for fun) how Bull Bull It will be appropriate.
Gordon is the best all-around player of the bunch, but with all the offensive firepower on the court, relying on Okogi’s defense could be the best call. The only way to find out is to get the ball on the court, see how the players connect and then make a decision.
That’s what training camps are for, and Vogel seems to be patient and let his conditioning show.