As Brendon kicked us off yesterday, it’s time for Evan to unveil his three biggest storylines exiting the All-Star break. Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges have proven to be very important pieces to the Suns’ long-term puzzle. Their developments at rim protection and perimeter shooting have helped elevate the possible ceiling for this team.
If Ayton becomes a top-flight two-way big plus Bridges is a 3-and-D wing hitting 40 percent on 3s, then this entire calculus changes for the Suns. No surprise, those two are topping the list for what to watch for.
What’s the future hold for Bridges and Kelly Oubre Jr. as a frontcourt pairing next to Ayton? Could Bridges and Oubre hold their own alongside Ayton on a nightly basis against bigger lineups? So far, the advanced metrics suggest yes.