Suns' Moves Grade as Best in NBA

B/R gave the Phoenix Suns an "A" grade for their moves this season.
Mar 25, 2024; San Antonio, Texas, USA;  Phoenix Suns guard Grayson Allen (8) dribbles in the second
Mar 25, 2024; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Grayson Allen (8) dribbles in the second / Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports
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PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Suns are readying themselves for a daunting postseason stretch, though it's clear the moves they made throughout the year have been nothing short of beneficial.

In Bleacher Report's recent grading of every NBA team's trades/moves, the Suns were one of five teams to receive an "A" or higher for their transactions:

"The degree to which this team has been turned over since a Finals appearance in 2021 is truly bonkers. Less than three years removed from losing to the Milwaukee Bucks in that series, Devin Booker is the only Phoenix Sun left standing from that group," wrote Andy Bailey.

"And since the start of this league year alone, the Suns have added Drew Eubanks, Eric Gordon, Josh Okogie, Grayson Allen, Jusuf Nurkić, Nassir Little and Royce O'Neale.

"You'll notice Bradley Beal isn't even listed there, since the trade that landed him technically took place during the 2022-23 league year.

"Aggressive doesn't even begin to describe this front office.

"And without the ability to knock it for going all-in on the oft-injured Beal, it's hard to criticize what Phoenix has done in 2023-24.

"The Suns put themselves in a tricky spot by leveraging seemingly everything for Beal and Kevin Durant before him, but they emerged with one of the best three-point shooters in the league in Allen, a far better playmaker than Deandre Ayton in Nurkić and multiple other difference-making role players.

"Injuries and lack of chemistry may have contributed to Phoenix posting an underwhelming regular-season record, but it's still among the most dangerous teams in the league heading into the postseason."

Bailey hits the nail on the head - the Suns absolutely needed to swing for the fences with Durant and Booker on the squad with neither getting younger. Additions such as Nurkic and Allen have been pivotal for Phoenix this season while other role players added such as Gordon, O'Neale and Bol Bol have been strong, too.

The Suns needed a shake-up to the roster, and while their overall record is under what many would have anticipated, Phoenix certainly added the right pieces to make a championship push.


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Donnie Druin

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