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Bright Side of the Sun's Evan Sidery and Brendon Kleen take you inside the Suns and the NBA every day with the Locked On Suns podcast part of the Locked On Podcast Network, your team every day. #suns #nba #phoenix

Bright Side of the Sun's Evan Sidery and Brendon Kleen take you inside the Suns and the NBA every day with the Locked On Suns podcast part of the Locked On Podcast Network, your team every day. #suns #nba #phoenix
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Bright Side of the Sun's Evan Sidery and Brendon Kleen take you inside the Suns and the NBA every day with the Locked On Suns podcast part of the Locked On Podcast Network, your team every day. #suns #nba #phoenix




LOCKED ON SUNS 9/13/19: The Suns’ big rotation is set up to maximize Deandre Ayton

Saving the best for last (or maybe we just went from smallest to biggest), we break down the Suns’ big man rotation as we continue previewing the 2019-20 season. Everything that went into reconstructing this group was centered around building around the lone holdover, 2018 No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton. His backup is better, there is more shooting around him, and the end of the rotation is filled with young developmental depth pieces. This is where James Jones shined this summer. Will...


LOCKED ON SUNS 9/11/19: Wing rotation comes down to more than Mikal Bridges vs. Kelly Oubre Jr. starting

We continue our positional breakdowns with a preview of the Suns’ wing rotation, where the question of who starts between Mikal Bridges and Kelly Oubre Jr. looms large. However, both are expected to get significant minutes regardless, which begs the question of how they fit together and improve individually. With rookie Cam Johnson rounding out the group, the depth chart is heavy on shooting and weak defensively. But before all of that, we react to the Sports Illustrated Top 100 and where...


LOCKED ON SUNS 9/10/19: Devin Booker-Ricky Rubio partnership takes center stage in the Suns’ guard rotation

We start our positional breakdowns off with a preview of the Suns’ guard rotation, with Ricky Rubio and Devin Booker front and center. Can they take a leap forward with a real point guard next to Booker, or does the partnership take time to gel? Who amongst the young players is most likely to make an impact? We close the show with our superlatives for the guard position. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


LOCKED ON SUNS 9/6/19: How the Suns’ newfound depth can create a balanced rotation for Monty Williams

We toss out our early predictions of the Suns’ rotation for the 2019-20 season, including who starts at small forward, how many minutes new point guard Ricky Rubio plays, and which of the young guys at the end of the Suns’ bench play on a nightly basis. How will new coach Monty Williams split point guard minutes between Rubio, Tyler Johnson and Devin Booker? Could Mikal Bridges and Kelly Oubre Jr. start together? Is there any position you can trust Cam Johnson to defend as a rookie? So...


LOCKED ON SUNS 9/4/19: Who won the Suns' offseason?

We revisit the key moments of the Suns’ offseason by breaking down the biggest winners from throughout the summer. From James Jones earning the full-time general manager role to free agents getting paid and even one player getting away from Phoenix, we dig through all the potential candidates before each picking our winner. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


LOCKED ON SUNS 9/2/19: Grading Devin Booker on a star curve and what’s next for the Suns with Matt Moore of The Action Network

We combine the end of our summer guest series with the beginning of our season preview content in September by bringing on Matt Moore to discuss Devin Booker and the 2019-20 Suns. Booker is a gifted shooter and improving playmaker, but to truly get to a superstar level and provide value on his maximum contract, he has to continue to make his teammates better. What improvements will help him do it more consistently? The conversation around Booker leads to a discussion of how the Suns tried...


LOCKED ON SUNS 8/30/19: How Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton compare with other young Western Conference inside-outside duos

As the season nears and rosters fill out around the NBA, we take stock of the young Western Conference to analyze how the Suns’ inside-outside duo of Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton compares with the rest of the West. Using only players 25 or younger, we break down the top seven duos and each rank the Suns within this group. Come for the never-ending Luka Doncic debate, stay for a top-three finish by the Suns! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


LOCKED ON SUNS 8/28/19: What the 2018-19 Kings can tell us about this year's Suns

We dig through the ingredients that helped the Kings break out last season and connect them to how the Suns built their roster in 2019. There are more similarities than you’d guess. As statistical projection models spit out win totals in the high 30s for the Suns, it’s starting to feel like following the Kings’ blueprint is the best way for Phoenix to get there. That means winning the turnover battle, taking and making more threes, and playing faster. It may sound simple, but guys like...


LOCKED ON SUNS 8/26/19: How Suns players stack up in fantasy hoops with Josh Lloyd

We are joined by longtime fantasy basketball analyst and host of Locked On Fantasy Basketball Josh Lloyd to break down six Suns players and their fantasy projections for the 2019-20 season. Devin Booker has turned into a bona fide fantasy star already, while Deandre Ayton could join him in that elite tier as soon as this year. We also discuss Kelly Oubre Jr. and Mikal Bridges as well as newcomers Ricky Rubio and Dario Saric. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


LOCKED ON SUNS 8/23/19: How can Mikal Bridges improve in 2019-20?

We wrap up Development Week on the show with a breakdown of Year Two for Mikal Bridges. This was a harder exercise, as Bridges is already such a polished role player that it’s difficult to poke holes in his game. We narrowed onto three topics each that could help Bridges get to the next level. Because he hit the ground running as a rookie, even minimal improvements could put him in contention for All-Defense teams and a heap of minutes on a nightly basis. Learn more about your ad choices....


LOCKED ON SUNS 8/21/19: The latest Devin Booker debate blows up plus how can Kelly Oubre Jr. improve in 2019-20?

We laugh at the latest summer internet debate about Devin Booker before diving into the development of Kelly Oubre Jr. Oubre was a revelation with the Suns during the second half of last season, turning up the volume on his energy, functional athleticism and shot creation. Can he keep it up during the 2019-20 campaign in a potentially smaller role? Oubre is likely the favorite to start over Mikal Bridges based on his experience and payday, but can he improve his decision-making on both...


LOCKED ON SUNS 8/19/19: How can Deandre Ayton improve in 2019-20?

All week, we will be breaking down the individual developments for the rest of the Suns’ core group after doing the same for Devin Booker earlier in the offseason. Today we begin with Deandre Ayton, who has a lot riding on his development in year two. We each break down three big areas that Ayton needs to improve in, from his aggressive mentality to his help defense. Ayton showed a lot as a rookie but has plenty of room to grow. What is realistic to expect in 2019-20? Learn more about...


LOCKED ON SUNS 8/16/19: Cole Zwicker of The Stepien joins to give his thoughts on the Suns’ offseason and preview the 2020 PG class

We are joined by Cole Zwicker of The Stepien, who correctly predicted the Ricky Rubio signing just after the draft, to evaluate the Suns’ offseason. Cole reacts to the Suns’ focus on shooting and experience as they filled out their roster, discusses the decision between starting Mikal Bridges or Kelly Oubre Jr., and imagines how the Suns will organize their defense around so many different types of players. How does Devin Booker continue to develop as a playmaker with Rubio around? Where...


LOCKED ON SUNS 8/15/19: The Kyler/Book hype machine and Suns All-Decade teams with Kevin Zimmerman of Arizona Sports

We are joined by Arizona Sports’ Kevin Zimmerman to discuss the two most polarizing young stars in the state: Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray and Suns combo guard Devin Booker. Incredibly enough, Booker is only 10 months older than Murray heading into his fifth season. Kevin breaks down what he’s seen from the Cardinals rookie who is drawing rave reviews from training camp. KylerMania is already bubbling up in Arizona, so how high can his star level truly rise? Also, if you had to pick...


LOCKED ON SUNS 8/12/19: Takeaways from the 2019-20 schedule plus our way too early predictions for the Suns’ record

We react to the Suns’ 2019-20 schedule, which includes two six-game road trips and lots of tough games early on against Western Conference rivals. Then, we go game by game to give you our way-too-early predictions for the Suns’ record this upcoming season. Can the Suns beat any East teams on the road? Will their best players be sitting again in the spring to tank? We break it all down. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


LOCKED ON SUNS 8/9/19: Early expectations for the Suns' rookies in 2019-20

We break down a few guys who won’t get much attention once we start previewing the season — the rookies. And that lack of attention is a good thing! It’s all part of the plan. If all goes well, we won’t be hearing much from Cam Johnson, Ty Jerome and Jalen Lecque, so we dove in on each of them today. Johnson is in line to be a candidate for backup wing minutes alongside Mikal Bridges until the Suns find a permanent second unit. Can he defend enough to stay on the court? Jerome brings many...


LOCKED ON SUNS 8/7/19: Where do the Suns fall within our Western Conference tiers?

We take a bird’s eye view of the West after a busy summer on this side of the Mississippi, ranking the conference into tiers and imagining where the Suns will fall. Before that, we talk about what the Suns will have to do to break into the top part of the conference and be major factors in the playoff race. It’s unlikely with so much talent on other teams, but it all comes back to Phoenix’s two young stars. We close the show by talking about a few teams the Suns could realistically...


LOCKED ON SUNS 8/5/19: Statistical over/unders for six key Suns players this year

Today, we bring a great solo show to you all after a great guest series to finish out the month of July. After getting a feel for various players through the thoughts of our guests, we reconvene to hit on over/unders for the top six players on the Suns’ roster this upcoming season. From Kelly Oubre Jr.’s three-point shooting to Deandre Ayton’s rim protection to Ricky Rubio’s assist totals, we fly through the numbers to predict how the system and player roles for the Suns this year will play...


LOCKED ON SUNS 8/2/19: Vegas over/unders plus Booker vs. his peers

We react to the initial over/under of 27 for the 2019-20 Suns, set by Caesar’s Sports Book last week. How does the negative national perception around the franchise affect this number? What has to happen for the Suns to surpass it? We close the show by debating Booker’s place among other 2-guards in the NBA. Many argue he is worse than Jamal Murray and Donovan Mitchell in part because those players have been on winning teams. Is that legit? We explain why this year will tell us a lot about...


LOCKED ON SUNS 7/31/19: Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic joins to talk Rubio’s growth, the Suns-Wolves draft night trade, and Saric

We are joined by The Athletic Minnesota’s Jon Krawczynski to break down all the connections between the Timberwolves and Suns this offseason. Jon breaks down why he believes the new Minnesota front office wanted to move up in this year’s draft and why the Jarrett Culver deal surprised him. We also talk about the franchise’s tenuous relationship with Dario Saric and why he was ultimately dealt to Phoenix. Stick around for a great breakdown by Jon of how Ricky Rubio has grown on and off the...