The Phoenix Suns added wings Royce O'Neale and David Roddy in a three-team trade deadline Thursday with their sights on the playoffs.
O’Neale, a ‘three-and-D’ wing, became the Suns' best defender against Western Conference athletic wings and off guards like LeBron James, Paul George, Michael Porter Jr., and Jalen Williams.
“What are we doing without a championship?” James Jones, Suns general manager.
Get better and prepare to run the race to the postseason.
“We wanted a playoff player. Royce and David gave us what we needed after considering our choices.
Extra physicality. Toughness defensively. The shooting is always valued.”
Kevin Durant, Devin Booker, and Bradley Beal help the Suns outscore teams.
With shooting guard Grayson Allen as the fifth starter with the big three and center Jusuf Nurkic, they have played most of the season without a wing defender.
Durant covers center Domantas Sabonis, power forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, and smaller wing players, while O'Neale adds a second mobile and switchable defender.
Small forward Josh Okogie is the Suns' most active wing defender, although opponents generally blitz Booker or Beal instead of him.