Sugarless wrote:Always happy to discuss Rubio's value.
Yeah, he makes an enormous difference, and the next 3 are the main cogs to that nice unit. Oubre, while negative, still the best of the rest, which is why he fits best as the 5th in the lineup...but the main 4 at the top are the keys to that...the younger 3 players improvement as well as Rubio as the leader on the floor is the key. Cam or another PF could fit nice in there...maybe someone who doesn't measure as a negative on that chart.
PF is definitely the position to upgrade in the starting 5, unless something odd happens and they decide to move on from Booker (I'm as big a fan as I'm a critic of Book, I'd wait and see how he comes back in Orlando and next season before making such a move). A solid stretch-4 with defense would be ideal, but of course there aren't many of those and half the league is looking for the same piece of the puzzle. Unusual as it would be, the Suns might find a Baynes - Ayton pair inside is best way to go, at least for the moment. They did well together before COVID-19 (in limited minutes, admittedly) and with Ayton's improving defensive instincts and mobility it could be a good enough choice. I'd rather see Oubre off the bench anyway due to his scoring, and I love Cam's game but he's a bit too weak defensively.