The Good and Bad of Phoenix Suns Isaiah Thomas

Back in July the Phoenix Suns agreed to a sign and trade deal with the Sacramento Kings for Isaiah Thomas, in exchange the Kings received a $7 million trade exception and the draft rights to Alex Oriakhi. Oriakhi currently plays in Lithuania while Thomas is averaging nearly 15 PPG and almost 4 APG and is a contender for sixth man of the year. No one is doubting that Isaiah Thomas has been a good addition to the Suns line up but let us take a closer look at both the positive and negative impacts that he has brought to Phoenix.
Negatives
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First we will take a look at the negative. When Thomas first came to the Suns it created a log jam at the guard position, specifically at PG his natural position. The Suns had six PGs on the rooster, Eric Bledsoe, Goran Dragic, Ish Smith, Archie Goodwin, the first-round pick Tyler Ennis, and the newly acquired Thomas. After all was said and done Phoenix waived Smith, kept the starting back-court of Bledsoe and Dragic, gave Thomas the 6th man r

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Middleton’s late shot helps Bucks beat Suns 96-94 (Yahoo Sports)

PHOENIX, AZ - DECEMBER 15: P.J. Tucker #17 of the Phoenix Suns is guarded by Jabari Parker #12 of the Milwaukee Bucks on December 15, 2014 at U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)

Khris Middleton didn’t have a good feeling when the ball left his hand right before the final buzzer sounded. But the craziest shot of his career – as he called it – hit the backboard and hung on the rim momentarily before dropping into the net – a 3-pointer that gave the Milwaukee Bucks a 96-94 win over the Phoenix Suns Monday night.


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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Phoenix Suns 12/15/14: Video Highlights and Recap

Losers of their last five games, the Phoenix Suns looked to turn it around against the Milwaukee Bucks, who have been playing impressive basketball under Jason Kidd.

The Suns needed a victory in a big way if they were to stem the tide in the crowded Western Conference.

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Jabari Parker injures knee against Suns (Yahoo Sports)

PHOENIX, AZ - DECEMBER 15: P.J. Tucker #17 of the Phoenix Suns is guarded by Jabari Parker #12 of the Milwaukee Bucks on December 15, 2014 at U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)

PHOENIX (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker left the Milwaukee Bucks’ game against the Phoenix Suns early in the third quarter because of a left knee sprain.


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Westbrook, Durant lead Thunder over Suns 112-88 (Yahoo Sports)

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK- DECEMBER 14: Perry Jones #3 of the Oklahoma City Thunder goes up for a shot against the Phoeniz Suns on December 14, 2014 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — When Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant were out with injuries the Oklahoma City Thunder stumbled to a 3-12 start, leaving some wondering if they’d be able to make up enough ground to qualify for the playoffs once their stars returned.


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Phoenix Suns: The Rebounding Problem

The Phoenix Suns were in the playoff hunt all year last season and after securing Eric Bledsoe to a long term contract and adding Isaiah Thomas while only losing Channing Frye to free agency many thought that the Suns would be back better and a powerful force in the Western conference. We are now 23 games into the season with the Suns only at .500 and barely clinging to that 8th seed while the Thunder are quickly gaining with both Durant and Westbrook back and dominating. Many are left wondering what happened?
You could point to Miles Plumlee’s disappointing year (his PPG, RPG, and FT% are all down from last year), or you could say Thomas has been hurt, or even that Goran Dragic got off to a slow start from the FIBA Tournament that took place over the summer. All of these would be good explanations except that Alex Len has been picking up the slack for Plumlee, Thomas was performing brilliantly in place of Goran at the start of the year and now Dragic and Gerald Green have both been pi

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Detroit Pistons vs. Phoenix Suns 12/12/14: Video Highlights and Recap

The Detroit Pistons entered Friday’s game in the midst of a 13-game losing streak. Phoenix has struggled with consistency but came in clinging to the rugged Western Conference’s eighth seed.

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Ex-Phoenix Suns player pleads guilty to theft (Yahoo Sports)

PHOENIX (AP) — Former Phoenix Suns forward Richard Dumas has pleaded guilty to two counts of theft after being accused of stealing merchandise from an exchange store.

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Miami Heat vs. Phoenix Suns 12/9/14: Video Highlights and Recap

The Phoenix Suns looked to bring an end to their recent skid on Tuesday when they took on the Miami Heat. The streaky Suns had lost two straight, and they faced a tough test from the Heat, who were mired in a skid that had seen them lose four straight and five of their past six. 

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Clippers top Suns in OT on Griffin’s buzzer-beater

Blake Griffin drilled the winning 3 that hit the rim and dropped in at the buzzer.

      
 

 

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