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SunsRank 9-16: Stacking the back half of the Phoenix Suns 2018 roster

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How would you rank the Phoenix Suns deep bench guys?

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Everyone else reveals lists one bit at a time, why not us?

The Bright Side staff recently weighed in on the back half of the Phoenix Suns roster, letting you know which players are most likely to spend the next couple of months watching their brethren fight the good fight on the court while they keep the bench seats warm.

Not unlike an old-school battlefield, these soldiers will cheer the guys on the front line that goes into battle against the fresh opponent until the front line starts to fall and they’re needed to fill in the gaps and defend the castle.

We will reveal the Top Eight tomorrow in the order they were voted, but for now, let’s focus on the back half of the roster.

This is the half that’s going to get the least attention going into training camp and then will become the subject of various #free_______ memes in game threads and comment sections beginning as early as.... well, probably October now that I think about it.

The first player on this list is now gone from the team. Ranked 10th overall by the Bright Side staff, with a high individual writer ranking of ninth and a low of 12th.

Marquese Chriss is now a Rocket, replaced (nominally) by De’Anthony Melton as a back-half member of the roster.

Among those remaining, we ranked the venerable Tyson Chandler just barely behind Quese and ahead of most of the Suns summer league roster.

The Suns’ starting point guard — as of early September anyway — will come out of this list, and gives you insight into just how bad the point guard position is right now. SOMEONE has to start the games, bring the ball across the timeline, and hand it off to Booker once the offense settles in.

The Bright Side staff ranks Shaquille Harrison highest of them all, but still just as the 13th best player on what was last seen as a 21-win Suns team. The highest ranking anyone gave him was ninth, while he was placed as low as 14th by three others.

How does this back-half compare to last year’s back half?

Hmmm. Josh Jackson and Dragan Bender have, by power of deduction, moved into the Top Eight this year, while Davon Reed remains roughly in the same spot after a lost rookie year.

The rest are gone. Jared Dudley, Mike James and Derrick Jones Jr. are now tucked safely into the Nets’, Pelicans’ and Heat’s back-half, respectively. Alan Williams somehow remains unsigned by any team. Same for Tyler Ulis.

Has this year’s back-half improved compared to last year’s? Or is the fact that Davon Reed (16th to 12th) and Dragan Bender (12th to...?) moved up despite having terrible seasons enough of an answer?

What do you all think? Did we get it right?


Poll

Where would you rank De’Anthony Melton among the back-half?

This poll is closed

  • 44%
    In the 10-12 range
    (120 votes)
  • 41%
    Somewhere in the middle 13-14
    (111 votes)
  • 14%
    At the end, around 14-16
    (38 votes)
269 votes total Vote Now