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Kellan Olson and former NBA player Eddie House take you inside the Suns and the NBA every day with Locked on Suns part of the Locked on Podcast Network, your team every day. #suns #nba #phoenix

Kellan Olson and former NBA player Eddie House take you inside the Suns and the NBA every day with Locked on Suns part of the Locked on Podcast Network, your team every day. #suns #nba #phoenix
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Kellan Olson and former NBA player Eddie House take you inside the Suns and the NBA every day with Locked on Suns part of the Locked on Podcast Network, your team every day. #suns #nba #phoenix




LOCKED ON SUNS 8/18/18: What awards could Suns players be in line for this season?

On today’s episode, we discuss which NBA awards the Suns could realistically be in contention for following the 2018-19 season. We consider: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


LOCKED ON SUNS 8/15/18: Going bananas with hypothetical questions for former host Kellan Olson

On today’s episode, we welcome back former host Kellan Olson to celebrate episode No. 300 of the show. To properly celebrate, we dove right into the Suns’ present and future, chatting about various hypotheticals, including: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


LOCKED ON SUNS 8/13/18: We go month by month through the 2018-19 schedule

On today’s episode, we break down the Suns’ 2018-19 schedule month by month, ending up with a very early projection of the team’s record next season. The Suns have two road trips longer than four games before the calendar flips to 2019. That means they get the very best Eastern Conference teams out of the way early on, but it’s a tough way to start. However, Phoenix has a real opportunity to make up ground in January and February and gel as a team to finish the year. Learn more about your...


LOCKED ON SUNS 8/10/18: Getting hyped about Suns-Mavs opening night with Nick Angstadt

The Suns are playing on national TV the first week of the NBA season! To pump up the excitement of that matchup, at home against the Dallas Mavericks on Oct. 17, we brought on Mavs Moneyball contributor and Locked On Mavericks co-host Nick Angstadt to discuss the team’s offseason and the future of this sudden rivalry. We get into plenty of the connections between the teams, and what to watch for on opening night: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


LOCKED ON SUNS 8/8/18: Draft news and your Twitter questions

On today’s episode, we break down the announcement that the NCAA is allowing agents into the game, talk about the guys who could be involved in the class of 2019, and circle back to the Suns with a Twitter mailbag. The back-and-forth between college basketball and the NBA continues with this news, leaving the NBA to adjust its rules as it gears up toward allowing high school players back into the draft. And since we’re on the topic of the draft, a quick preview of the top four guys in...


LOCKED ON SUNS 8/6/18: Debating ESPN and Vegas win projections plus expectations for Devin Booker

On today’s episode, we break down how our predictions differ from Kevin Pelton’s statistical projections at ESPN and the Vegas betting odds. Then, we dive into Devin Booker’s growth and how his improvement will determine how good the Suns will be next year. Pelton has the Suns at 27.2 projected wins over at ESPN, a number potentially weakened by the tanking Suns’ underperformance last season. Bovada in Vegas has the season line at 28.5 wins for Phoenix. We are on the record as having the...


LOCKED ON SUNS 8/3/18: Talking Suns with Shaun Al-Shatti, a Suns fan and Senior Editor of MMAFighting.com

On today's episode, we have a special co-host with Evan as MMAFighting.com's Shaun Al-Shatti joins for a wide-ranging chat on the Phoenix Suns. We have had this in the works for the past few weeks and finally got around to recording together. Shaun, who grew up a Suns fan, stops by to talk about how this offseason went in his eyes alongside plenty of rapid fire topics on how he views their young core led by Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton. How does he feel Ryan McDonough has done putting...


LOCKED ON SUNS 8/1/18: Taking stock of the Suns' future with Mo Dakhil

On today’s episode, a league insider takes us through how he thinks the Trevor Ariza signing might quietly be a key to the Suns taking a step forward in their prolonged rebuild. Mo Dakhil, who worked with the Spurs, Clippers and the Australian men’s national team, talks about the difficulties of a switching defense, how he would go about building around Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton, and why he’s concerned about the vision going forward in Phoenix. Mo also discusses his...


LOCKED ON SUNS 7/30/18: Wrapping up the offseason with a look across the NBA

On today’s episode, we dive into the offseason for the NBA as a whole, ranking which teams we thought had the best and worst summers in the league. Then, we wrap up with a dissection of the Suns’ position in the landscape of young teams on the rise. Topics include: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


LOCKED ON SUNS 7/27/18: Deandre Ayton's pick-and-roll impact and getting to know Igor Kokoskov with David Nash

On today’s episode, we zeroed in on how Deandre Ayton looked on both ends via pick-and-roll situations during Las Vegas Summer League. David Nash wrote an article on this very facet, and we dove in even further on how he looked compared to his tenure at the University of Arizona. Are people unfairly throwing Ayton into the same conversation Ben Simmons went through two years ago? Also, we analyzed how Ayton and the rest of Phoenix’s young core will slide into how Igor Kokoskov wants to...


LOCKED ON SUNS 7/26/18: Mikal Bridges' future and more with Michael Pina of Vice Sports

On today’s episode, the focus is Mikal Bridges and the spot he holds in the future of the Phoenix Suns. Our guest, Michael Pina, recently wrote about Bridges and came on to talk about what type of player he can become. Coming out of college, the only knock on Bridges was that he was older than the rest of his class and perhaps close to a finished product. Pina’s story runs opposite of that theory, showing the drive Bridges has had since high school to develop into one of the best...


LOCKED ON SUNS 7/23/18: Recapping the Jared Dudley for Richaun Holmes swap

On today’s episode, we dissect the Friday morning avalanche of moves that resulted in the Suns moving off of Jared Dudley’s salary to trade for backup big man Richaun Holmes. Dudley and Tyson Chandler are both not in the team’s plans next season, but did they do their best to capitalize on the cap space they opened up in the Dudley deal? How does Holmes fit on the Suns’ roster? Should the team have targeted another playmaker with the 2021 second-round pick they traded with Dudley’s...


LOCKED ON SUNS 7/20/18: Talking Suns' Euro connections with Andrew Bernucca

On today’ episode, Andrew Bernucca of FanSided joins to break down to dissect the European basketball as it relates to the Suns. After falling to No. 31 on draft night, Elie Okobo impressed during the first two Summer League contests. How does he fit with Devin Booker long term? Are we underselling the impact Igor Kokoskov could have on Dragan Bender, and vice versa? Bernucca gives his outsider’s insight as FanSided’s chief Eurohoops writer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...


LOCKED ON SUNS 7/18/18: The Ringer's Jonathan Tjarks joins to talk Suns

On today’s episode, special guest Jonathan Tjarks wiggles his way through the Suns’ present and future. We briefly discussed the Kawhi Leonard trade to Toronto before diving in on the Suns. Topics discussed include: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


LOCKED ON SUNS 7/16/18: Final offseason Twitter mailbag

On today’s episode, we dive into Twitter one final time for the summer to take listener questions in a mailbag reviewing the offseason. Questions based on topics such as: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


LOCKED ON SUNS 7/13/18: Rotation predictions after digesting Summer League

On today’s episode, we discuss the Suns’ four Summer League games through the lens of next season’s rotation. After getting an opportunity in Las Vegas to play for their next contract, Shaquille Harrison and Davon Reed may hav just earned the chance to stay on Phoenix’s roster next year and have their contracts guaranteed. What does that mean for the rest of the roster? Plus, final thoughts on Devin Booker’s maximum extension, inked over the weekend. Learn more about your ad choices....


LOCKED ON SUNS 7/11/18: Impressions from the first weekend of Summer League

On today’s episode, we go player by player reacting to the preliminary round of Las Vegas Summer League games. Deandre Ayton’s debut has been less dazzling than we expected, but his value to the team is already apparent as an interior force. The backcourt cluster of Davon Reed, Josh Jackson, Mikal Bridges, Shaquille Harrison and Elie Okobo has created more questions about next season’s rotations than answers. And Dragan Bender, ever the lightning rod for Suns negativity, has had an...


LOCKED ON SUNS 7/8/18: Summer League Special

On today’s episode, Brendon is joined by Bright Side of the Sun’s Dave King to discuss all the latest news surrounding the Summer Suns up in Las Vegas. From Deandre Ayton, Josh Jackson, Mikal Bridges, Elie Okobo, Dragan Bender, and even Jack Cooley, we have you covered as they dish out their first impressions from the opening weekend. After a dominant 2-0 start, are the Suns about to cruise through the playoff portion with their loaded roster? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...


LOCKED ON SUNS 7/4/18: Understanding Phoenix's roster after a busy start to the offseason

On today’s episode, we give our initial thoughts on Devin Booker’s looming maximum contract extension before diving into the shape of the Suns’ roster moving forward. Despite a Tyler Ulis-sized speed bump perhaps stalling discussions momentarily, the Suns met with Booker’s group in Los Angeles Tuesday and in all likelihood wrapped negotiations on Booker’s extension, which will kick in for the 2019-20 season. With Booker in place long-term and most of the rest of the roster still playing...


LOCKED ON SUNS 7/2/18: The good and bad of the first weekend of free agency

On today’s episode, we discuss the Suns acquiring Trevor Ariza, as well as the decision to cut Tyler Ulis and its impact on Devin Booker’s future. Phoenix stole Ariza from the defending conference finalist Houston Rockets on a one-year, $15 million deal, satiating their reported desire for a(nother) 3-and-D forward. And after moving back the guarantee date on Tyler Ulis’ minimum contract, the Suns indeed waived the third-year point guard, who was one of Devin Booker’s closest friends....