Phoenix Suns: 3 takeaways from 2018-19 season opener

Rex Christensen
October 21, 2018

He is a three-time victor of the NBA's Sixth Man award and has appeared in 1,262 regular-season games, ranking him 30th on the National Basketball Association career list. Both teams are coming off of a disappointing season past year.

The biggest spotlight shone on the matchup in Phoenix, where number one pick Deandre Ayton debuted for the Suns against the Dallas Mavericks and number three overall selection Luka Doncic.

"I'm not surprised. Suns fans are not surprised", Phoenix first-year coach Igor Kokoskov said. Granted, they've only played one game, but for a team that finished with the NBA's worst record last season, winning only 21 games, maybe let's let them savor being in first place for now. The book on him coming in was he had never really been taught to defend until college and he just doesn't have the understanding yet, and that showed.

After shipping Brandon Knight to the Houston Rockets and not signing a point guard through free agency during the offseason, rookie Elie Okobo is the only other point guard active on the opening night roster, while new Suns guard Jamal Crawford gets adjusted to the team. The No. 1 overall pick, Deandre Ayton, added 18 points and 10 rebounds.

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Doncic logged 10 points, eight rebounds and four assists while struggling from the field, hitting five-of-16 shots.

The Suns found themselves with multiple double-digit leads, but the Mavericks were able to close the gap a couple of times before Phoenix was able to put them away for good.

Entering the final frame with 16 points, Booker ignited for 19 fourth quarter points, including a stretch where he scored 14 straight for the Suns after Dallas had pulled within four. As a team, the Suns went 19-for-34 from beyond the arc while allowing the Mavericks to shoot just 30 percent themselves (10-for-33).

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