Young Suns do it again

The Phoenix Suns started Thursday with an 18 – 42 record, the second worse in the NBA and for several fans that’s just where they want the Suns at this point.

With the 2017 draft coming in a few months, more fans would like to see the Suns increase their chances at getting the highest possible pick in the draft.

Try telling that to head coach Earl Watson and his young core group of players that are consistently putting big game deposits in their learning curve bank.

The latest was Tyler Ulis, who last night drained a game winning 3-point bucket against the Boston Celtics to turn a two-point deficit with six seconds left into a three-point victory and gave the Suns their first three-game winning streak in well over a year giving them a 21 -42 record. 

These heroics prompted head coach Watson to start his postgame press conference by saying, “Tyler Ulis, no more questions thank you for coming.”

Although Ulis hit the game winning shot, he is earning his minutes on the defensive in and continues to take minutes from Brandon Knight who didn’t see the floor at all.

But Ulis is not alone in the youth movement. Alan Williams and Marquese Chriss are all taking full advantage of their expanded minutes.

Watson stated, “We have five players on the court learning at the same time, including Bled (Eric Bledsoe)”.    

The Suns youth movement is underway. “We’re going to continue to give these young guys opportunity”, says Watson, but do not expect this to signal the waving of the white flag. In fact, just the opposite.


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