Despite boasting both Devin Booker, who is 14th in the NBA in scoring at 24.6 points per night, and DeAndre Ayton, the No. 1 overall pick in this past summer’s draft, the Phoenix Suns remain horrid. Their record sits at 12-50, worst in the entire NBA, and a win over the Miami Heat on Monday night broke what had been a 17-game losing losing streak. The Suns have not made the playoffs since the 2009-2010 season, and when this season of misery concludes, will not have won more than 25 games in four seasons.
The Suns will once again be in position for a top three pick the NBA Draft, but that hasn’t eased what ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski says are the league’s major concerns about the franchise moving forward.
“This is an organization that is in a spiral in almost every way, and it’s a concern for the NBA,” Wojnarowski said on the latest edition of “The Woj Report.” “Owner Robert Sarver has not seemed to learn a lot of lessons over the years about his management style, his hands-on nature, and his ability to put an infrastructure in place and allow it to build an organization.”
As for that upcoming high selection in the 2019 Draft? Well, there’s concerns about how the Suns and interim general manager James Jones are handling that, too.
“James Jones has had a rather unorthodox view toward the NBA Draft,” Woj said. “There’s not a lot of scouting going on in Phoenix. He’s not on the road a lot.”
Wojnarowski said that the Suns front office has considered bringing in a president of basketball operations-type figure to oversee things moving forward, but that that process hasn’t started. As the Suns continue to plummet, there’s genuine worry that Sarver and company don’t possess the ability to ever stop the bleeding.
“There’s no question, from the league office to teams around the league, there’s a lot of raised eyebrows at Phoenix and how they’re operating right now,” Woj said.
Hang in there, Suns fans.