This isn’t really a problem at all. The Phoenix Suns have TOO many good young guards. It’s a blessing more than anything.
Currently, Devin Booker, Eric Bledsoe, and Brandon Knight are the three stars of the back-court who deserve starter’s minutes. Add in Leandro Barbosa, Tyler Ulis, and Archie Goodwin and you have yourself somewhat of a dilemma.
So, what is Coach Watson going to do? Well, Eric Bledsoe is probably the only shoe-in to start at point guard. Bled is a terrific player and can lead this Suns offense. The bigger problem is figuring out whether to start Knight or Booker.
Devin Booker is bigger than Knight and is also a better outside shooter. Knight, on the other hand, has the experience and is a better all around scorer and play-maker at this point.
I believe the debate comes down to this one question…
Is Tyler Ulis able to step in as the back-up point guard?
If Watson’s answer to that question is yes, then Knight may start next to Bledsoe. Then, he could elect to have Ulis and Booker coming off the bench for the Suns. But, then again, where does Barbosa fill in?
Many would then suggest that they start a three guard lineup. I’m not sure Booker could handle being a small forward but, even if he does, you still have a problem! T.J. Warren, P.J. Tucker, and Jared Dudley all deserve minutes and will be vying for starter’s minutes.
Don’t even get me started on their power forwards and centers by the way. Marquese Chriss, Dragan Bender, Alex Len, AND Tyson Chandler?
I have a headache.
Like I said above, at this point we can’t make a definitive decision on who will be starting, but we do know is that these players will have to show up during training camp to prove that they deserve big minutes.