The Phoenix Suns have run straight into the injury bug, specifically when it comes to guard Devin Booker. The electrifying young guard is dealing with a hamstring injury and will now miss his third straight game while recovering. Joining Booker on the sidelines for the team’s game against the San Antonio Spurs will be starting point guard Isaiah Canaan, who’s dealing with an ankle injury.
Both players have been consistent members of the starting lineup, averaging 34.3 (Booker) and 25.5 (Canaan) minutes per game, respectively. We’ve seen the Suns roll out lineups without Booker due to injury, but things could get interesting with both starting guards sidelined. In turn, it may lead to rookie Elie Okobo earning his first start of the season at point guard.
Let’s take a look at the Suns’ projected starting lineup and roster as a whole entering Wednesday’s game.
Suns’ Projected Roster and Starting Lineup vs. Spurs
*Indicates players expected to start in this game
C: Deandre Ayton*, Tyson Chandler
PF: Ryan Anderson*, Richaun Holmes, Dragan Bender
SF: Trevor Ariza*, TJ Warren, Mikal Bridges
SG: Josh Jackson*, Jamal Crawford, Troy Daniels
PG: Elie Okobo*, De’Anthony Melton
Crawford could be a candidate to see minutes at point guard as well. Last game against the Oklahoma City Thunder with Booker out but Canaan playing, Okobo played 31 minutes while Crawford say 16. Okobo, a second-round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, totaled 18 points with seven assists and five rebounds on 5-9 shooting from the field.
Source: Heavy Sports