The 2017 Phoenix Suns are getting ready to start practice and embark on another journey to improvement. The goal in most of the guy’s eyes during media day was to be a playoff contender. The Suns are stacked with young talent and a hand full of veterans, a mix of players that appear on paper as a contender.
Now being led by 20-year-old third year up and rising star Devin Booker the team will look to build its unit around his talent. Making contract moves that would suggest they are staying with the young bunch for the long future. The extension for T.J Warren, bringing back center Alex Len, not trading guard Eric Bledsoe, and adding a former number one pick in Anthony Bennett, all pointing to the team shooting for success this season.
I was at the media day and the team is celebrating 50 years of Suns basketball this season. Players were sporting the new old-school uniforms in white, bringing back the old tradition of Suns winning basketball when Kevin Johnson and Charles Barkley had the team consistently in the playoffs.
Rookie Josh Jackson took the podium and gave the media some insight from his childhood in how his Mom played an important part of getting him in basketball. “My Mom was cold, man” said Jackson with a smirk, referring to his mother playing the game and teaching him a few tricks. When asked what did she teach you? The rookie forward answered, “she taught me how to keep my dribble lower to the ground, being a taller guy it takes longer for the ball to come back up, and it makes perfect sense”.
How far away is this team from making noise? Only time will tell but it’s exciting getting ready to find out what they will or will not be in 2017.