We know how the 2020-21 Suns are doing, off to a 7-4 start. Let’s take a look at players from last year’s roster that are no longer on the team.
Tariq Owens, Cheick Diallo, Jonah Bolden – These guys have all been free agents since departing Phoenix.
Elie Okobo – He was briefly signed by the Brooklyn Nets but was waived.
Jared Harper – The 5-11 guard is on a two-way contract with the Knicks and has played a grand total of 5 minutes, missing his only shot but making both free throws for 2 points.
Jalen Lecque – This young man is only 20 years old and has already been traded twice. He was part of the Chris Paul trade and then dealt from the Thunder to the Pacers. In only 3 total minutes of game time this season, he’s totaled 3 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist.
Ty Jerome – Apparently, he has a bad left ankle sprain as he hasn’t suited up for the Thunder since being traded to Oklahoma City.
Tyler Johnson – He’s played 30 minutes for Brooklyn this season, hit 3 treys and racked up 9 points, 7 assists and 3 steals.
Aron Baynes – After shooting 48% from the field and making 59 threes on 35.1% accuracy last season, he’s shooting an abysmal 37.5% of his shots this season and only made 3 of his 18 triples. His scoring is down from 11.5 to 4.3 points per game. Whether it’s his conditioning coming back from COVID-19, his age (he’s 34 now) or Chris Boucher’s breakout season, Big Baynes does not look good early on.
Ricky Rubio – He was clearly hurt by the trade, dealt “home” to Minnesota where he started his career only to come off the bench and hasn’t been anywhere near the same player. Papa Ricky has only made 5 of 21 treys (23.8%) and is averaging career-lows in points (6.3), assists (5.4) and rebounds (2.8).
Kelly Oubre – The “Tsunami Papi” was also not happy to be dealt and was very vocal about it, which stung many fans. After being traded again from the Thunder to the Golden State Warriors, he was expected to have a big role. That opportunity is still there for him but so far he has been unable to take advantage of that, to put it nicely. His rebounding and defensive numbers have been there but his shot got lost along the way (35% from the field, 19.7% from deep). He’s putting up only 11.1 points with 5.5 rebounds per game.
Recap – As you can see, none of these players have gone on to make the Suns regret letting them go. Yet, at least. However, I wish them all the best.