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Gerald Bourguet serves as PHNX's reporter, writing savant and podcast co-host for all things Phoenix Suns. He's been a basketball fan since the day he could say "Michael Jordan," graduated from the Walter Cronkite School at ASU in 2013 with a BA and MA in sports journalism and has been covering the NBA ever since. As a credentialed media member since 2015, Gerald dealt with his Suns-related depression through his writing...until the Bubble Suns changed everything. Now, the Artist Formerly Known as Zewio is just as excited to cover winning basketball as Suns fans are to enjoy watching it.

Preseason previews, predictions and 99.9 percent of analysis heading into the Phoenix Suns’ 2022-23 campaign revolved around everyone and everything but Torrey Craig. As one of the lone holdovers from a second unit that mostly disappeared during the Suns’ underwhelming 2022 playoff run, Craig was something of an afterthought. True enough, he did little against the New Orleans Pelicans or…...

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Here are five observations from the Phoenix Suns' dismantling of the defending champion Golden State Warriors.

The Phoenix Suns beat the Golden State Warriors 134-105 Tuesday night in an unexpected beatdown of the defending NBA champions. While October wins mean very little in the grand scheme of things, it was a fun showdown between two teams that seemed to be on a Western Conference Finals collision course all of last year until the Suns failed to...

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Devin Booker looks ready to take his offense to a new level with the Phoenix Suns.

Three games is an aggressively small sample size, but make no mistake about it: Devin Booker is showing early signs that this will be the most complete scoring season of his career. It didn’t take reaching Year 8 for Booker to become an elite scorer; he’s already been that for a while now. When the Phoenix Suns finally presented him...

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From Chris Paul to the free-throw discrepancy, which of the Phoenix Suns' concerns two games in are real, and which are flukes?

The Phoenix Suns looked poised to improve to 2-0 on the new season Friday night against the Portland Trail Blazers. Instead, they let a five-point lead with 1:40 to go in overtime shrivel up into a 113-111 defeat on the road. For the second game in a row, the Suns were torn up by an incredible individual performance from one of the NBA’s elite scorers. Damian Lillard led Rip City with 41 points on 12-of-25 shooting, while Devin Booker (33 points on 11-of-23 shooting) and Deandre Ayton (26 points on 12-of-22 shooting) carried Phoenix’s offense. However, because that production came in a loss, because Chris Paul didn’t wow people offensively, and because the bench, Cam Johnson and the team’s overall…

Here are five observations from the Phoenix Suns' wild comeback win over the Dallas Mavericks.

For the first 24 excruciating minutes, the Phoenix Suns’ 2022-23 season opener felt like a continuation of their Game 7 annihilation back in May. Shots weren’t falling, Luka Doncic was smirking, the Dallas Mavericks were up by more than 20 and hope felt like it had been drained from The Footprint Center itself. At one point, the Suns had battled...

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After a life-changing summer, what's next for Devin Booker and the Phoenix Suns?

There’s more to life than basketball, but as far as the Phoenix Suns are concerned, Devin Booker might be the only one who had a positive summer. While the team’s Game 7 collapse, COVID reports, Kevin Durant trade rumors, Deandre Ayton contract scenarios and the NBA’s horrific findings in the Robert Sarver investigation cast a pall over the offseason, from an individual standpoint, Booker had a life-changing couple of months. Heading into Year 8, Booker is the rare seasoned pro who still has yet to turn 26; the established superstar whose status in that tier is scrutinized even after a top-five MVP finish and All-NBA First Team selection; the celebrity hooper who seemingly has it made in the shade if…

Cam Johnson was due for a contract extension with the Phoenix Suns.

The Phoenix Suns had an opportunity to prove they had learned from last year’s contract extension talks with Deandre Ayton, to lock in their young, “core four” for the foreseeable future, and to put some of the negativity and uncertainty of the offseason behind them. Unfortunately, Cam Johnson won’t be getting a new contract extension, and the Suns will watch another key player enter restricted free agency next summer. Monday’s deadline for Johnson’s extension came and went without any rumblings of a potential deal, although the fourth-year wing had expressed optimism on that front over the summer. Even so, he was still aware of the “business side” of these negotiations. “What I’ve learned is that the business side will do…

Here's what Cam Payne needs to do to bounce back with the Phoenix Suns in 2022-23.

For better or for worse, Cam Payne may be the barometer for how the Phoenix Suns’ bench unit fares in 2022-23. After an offseason that took a “run it back” approach outside of a few minor additions, there’s understandable concern about the Suns’ second unit — most of which stems from the backcourt, where Payne’s disappearing act in the playoffs...

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Duane Washington Jr. is making his case for playing time on the Phoenix Suns.

Heading into the new season, everyone knew Duane Washington Jr. could score. Coach Monty Williams said as much throughout training camp, and he reiterated it Wednesday night after the Phoenix Suns’ preseason finale. “The scoring is something that we knew that he could do well,” Williams said with a slight smirk before his next comment. “He doesn’t have any fear,...

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Saben Lee and Adonis Arms have joined the Phoenix Suns.

On Tuesday, the Phoenix Suns announced they had waived guard Frank Jackson and signed guards Saben Lee and Adonis Arms to the roster. Jackson was only on a training camp deal, which is what Lee and Arms will be joining the Suns on now. As is the case with most training camp additions, expectations should be tempered. Even so, despite both the Suns’ two-way slots being filled by Ish Wainright and Duane Washington Jr., they still have one open roster spot. That means it’s not impossible someone could come into training camp and make an impression, however unlikely it may seem. With Lee and Arms, general manager James Jones continues to cast a wide net in evaluating players on the…

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