The Phoenix Suns entered the offseason planning to retain restricted point guard Eric Bledsoe and continue to play him alongside another point guard, Goran Dragic. Although the Suns still plan to keep Bledsoe, they have added two other point guards. They used the 18th-overall selection of last months’ draft to take former Syracuse Orange point guard Tyler Ennis, then pulled off a deal to acquire Sacramento Kings’ restricted free agent Isaiah Thomas and his new four-year, $27 million deal.
Many believe the Suns will have to deal at least one of their guards, but they believe they can make things work.
“I think the misconception is that if you have four point guards, it seems like a lot if you only play one of them at a time,” Suns President Lon Babby said via Bob Young of The Arizona Republic. “We took a step back last season whenever one of them was hurt or couldn’t play, and it took a toll on Goran by the end of the season.
“What we ultimately decided is: This is the strength of our team. Let’s bolster it instead of going in a different direction.”
Bledsoe averaged 17.7 points, 5.5 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 47.7% from the field, 35.7% from beyond the arc and 77.2% from the free throw line last season. Thomas averaged 20.3 points, 6.3 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game last season while shooting 45.3% from the field, 34.9% from beyond the arc and 85.0% from the free throw line. Dragic went for 20.3 points, 5.9 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game while shooting 50.5% from the floor, 40.8% from three and 76.0% from beyond the arc. Ennis put up 12.9 points, 5.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game while shooting 41.1% from the field, 35.3% from beyond the arc and 76.5% from the charity stripe. He measured in at 6’2.5 and 182 lbs. with a wingspan of 6’7.25. He was ranked by Jonathan Givony of Draft Express as the 12th-best prospect in the draft.