Starter: Devin Booker
Depth: Elie Okobo, De’Anthony Melton, Shaquille Harrison
Whether Phoenix will make a trade for a starting point guard — preferably one good enough to make an impact right away and young enough to grow with Phoenix’s core — remains one of the biggest questions across the NBA entering the season.
For now, consider Booker the point guard, if only by function. Regardless of who he shares the backcourt with, he’ll handle much of the playmaking and ball-handling duties for the Suns, who figure to run plenty of spread pick-and-roll with Booker in Kokoškov’s system. In the long term, they’ll likely need a more stable option next to Booker, who must be free to work away from the ball and shoot off the catch for Phoenix’s offense to operate at maximum capacity. More importantly, someone will need to defend opposing point guards, something Booker can’t do consistently.
Melton, an important pickup from Houston, could fill that role nicely, especially if he can pose a threat as a shooter. Phoenix could also use a wing like Josh Jackson or Mikal Bridges to smother smaller players while Booker occupies less threatening perimeter players.
Harrison earned rotation minutes down the stretch of last season, though given the Suns’ recent influx of talent, will be less essential this year. Okobo, meanwhile, is largely a mystery entering his first year in the NBA. If he pops right away, a trade for a starting point guard may prove unnecessary.