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Locked On Suns Saturday: Booker-less Suns fall to Hornets

Our thoughts from Phoenix’s latest loss and a chat on Alabama’s Collin Sexton.

On today’s episode of Locked On Suns, Evan and Brendon recap the Suns’ 20th loss in their last 22 as they fell this time to Charlotte, 122-115.

We discussed our main takeaways from Saturday’s defeat, which saw Phoenix shorthanded as Devin Booker, Josh Jackson, and T.J. Warren were all held out with injuries.

Not only did Shaquille Harrison continue to break down the door of opportunity with a career-best outing, but Davon Reed and Tyler Ulis (a double-double after DNP’s for a month) also shined on this afternoon.

From a negative standpoint, Elfrid Payton had his third consecutive subpar outing. In his 10 starts with Phoenix, he has a total plus-minus of -152. The second-worst Sun after Payton is Jackson at -96. That is a -52 difference!

What does this say about Payton and his future in Phoenix as he continues to slump this past week?

Also, the co-hosts chatted about Dragan Bender, who came alive in the second half from beyond the arc. However, we ask the question about how unique of a situation this is with a top-five pick. Bender is slow developing, specifically as a driver to the rim, but is this going too slow?

Finally, we talked about one main prospect this week: Collin Sexton of Alabama.

As he continues to shine in March, Sexton’s name will likely be one that rises in the general public’s eye up until the draft. We weighed on his overall ceiling plus his fit alongside Booker in Phoenix.

Is he a possible trade-up candidate? How does he compare to other point guards like Shai Gilegous-Alexander and De’Anthony Melton?



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