2019-20 PHOENIX SUNS ROSTER
(as of October 15, 2019)
22 Deandre Ayton C 7-1 250 07/23/98 Arizona/Bahamas 1
46 Aron Baynes C 6-10 260 12/09/86 Washington State/Australia 7
1 Devin Booker G 6-6 210 10/30/96 Kentucky/USA 4
25 Mikal Bridges F 6-7 210 08/30/96 Villanova/USA 1
4 Jevon Carter G 6-2 195 09/14/95 West Virginia/USA 1
14 Cheick Diallo F/C 6-9 220 09/13/96 Kansas/Mali 3
12 Jared Harper G 5-11 175 09/14/97 Auburn/USA R
10 Ty Jerome G 6-5 195 07/08/97 Virginia/USA R
23 Cameron Johnson F 6-9 205 03/03/96 North Carolina/USA R
16 Tyler Johnson G 6-4 190 05/07/92 Fresno State/USA 5
8 Frank Kaminsky III F/C 7-0 240 04/04/93 Wisconsin/USA 4
0 Jalen Lecque G 6-4 185 06/13/00 Brewster Academy (NH)/USA R
2 Elie Okobo G 6-3 190 10/23/97 Pau-Lacq-Orthez/France 1
3 Kelly Oubre Jr. F 6-7 205 12/09/95 Kansas/USA 4
11 Ricky Rubio G 6-4 190 10/21/90 FC Barcelona/Spain 8
20 Dario Šarić F 6-10 225 04/08/94 Anadolu Efes/Croatia 3
HEAD COACH: Monty Williams (Notre Dame)
ASSISTANT COACHES: Willie Green (Detroit Mercy), Darko Rajakovic (Belgrade Basketball Academy),
Mark Bryant (Seton Hall), Randy Ayers (Miami (Ohio)), Larry Greer (Northeastern), Steve Blake (Maryland)
The Phoenix Suns recently cut their roster to sixteen players after their final preseason game against the Denver Nuggets on November 14th. This is not the final roster since only a maximum of fifteen players are permitted on the team; however, we can get an idea of the direction the team is headed towards deciding on a final roster. The Suns are still a very young athletic team. As it stands, the average suns player has 2.62 years of experience. The oldest player on the team being Aaron Baynes at 32 years of age, and the most experienced NBA player being Ricky Rubio holding on to eight years of vetrancy.
This will be a more exciting Suns team than in recent history. With well known explosive players such as Devin Booker, Cameron Johson pick 10 from North Carolina, and Kelly Oubre jr. who averaged fifteen points per game with the Washington Wizards last year. Deandre Ayton is expected to make a vast leap this year fundamentally as a result of the Suns picking up Aaron Baynes. Aaron is expected to take Ayton under his wing and teach him how to be a true big man. Jevon Carter comes from the Bob Huggins coaching philosophy and understands how to play tough defense.
This new rostered team will be a resilient team defensively once Jevon Carter appears on the floor. Monty Williams stated at the Phoenix Suns media day that he believes his team is a 3×5.” Referring to the fact that he has three players for all five positions. With the Suns key players such as; Mikal Bridges from Villanova, Cheik Diallo from Kansas, rookie Jared Harper from Auburn, Ty Jerome rookie from Virginia another great defensive team. Let’s not forget about Tyler Johnson who has fought his way up from the G-League to the Suns roster, Frank Kaminsky averaging ten points and four rebounds with the Charlotte Hornets, Dario Saric a former first round pick from Croatia, and Jalen Leque from Brewster Academy.
The Suns will be a team that needs to take time to become one unit as the players this season are a mixture of veterans and young. However, It is possible this team can finally take a step forward and break the 30 win streak mark. Many fans are left wondering…Which player or players will not finish out a season before getting cut from this roster?