Starter: Trevor Ariza
Depth: Mikal Bridges, Josh Jackson, T.J. Warren
Warren appears to be the odd man out at this stage. His size and scoring ability will likely translate to a solid NBA career with some team, but given the depth and upside against which he’s currently competing, that team may not be Phoenix. Over four seasons in the NBA, Warren has shot just 28 percent on 3-pointers, and though he averaged over 19 points per game last season, isn’t good enough with the ball in his hands to supplant Booker or Ayton as the team’s primary or secondary option. In that context, Warren’s value meaningfully depreciates, and players like Jackson and Bridges would better complement the Suns’ stars.
Kokoškov will likely play three or four wings at once, alternating between small lineups with Jackson, Ariza or Warren at power forward and supersized units with size and length at every position. The lack of a starting-caliber point guard on the roster could allow for Jackson, Bridges or Warren to experiment with the ball in their hands.