2019 ScheduleAll times ET

2019 Schedule
1-0, 1st in Pacific
Booker takes over in the 4th (0:57)
Ayton, Doncic make rookie debuts (0:53)
Ayton says he had fun in his first game (1:19)
Booker drops 3-pointer to get to 30 (0:24)

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

The Suns kind of looked like something in the fourth quarter. Their young guys were fantastic, from Booker's fireworks, to Josh Jackson knocking down some clutch shots, to Deandre Ayton protecting the rim. A lot of energy in the building, and a little something to be excited about in Phoenix.

Booker flies to the bucket for and-1 (0:21)

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Really impressive door slamming by Devin Booker in the fourth quarter. He got an extended rest in the third because of some foul trouble, but has been on fire since checking back in. There's a lot of belief he's on the verge of a leap into superstardom, and this is the kind of thing he needs to do more consistently.

Ayton eases in hook shot (0:23)
Canaan's pass leads to Ayton dunk (0:20)
Ariza drains shots on back-to back possessions (0:18)

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

The Suns are a work in progress and will spend a lot of this season figuring out who they are, but they're going to be competitive on a nightly basis. Trevor Ariza looks like a quality addition (14 points on 5-8 shooting in the first half) and there's some chemistry flashing between Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton had the stronger first half in his debut against No. 3 pick Luka Doncic as his Phoenix Suns took a 56-46 lead over the Dallas Mavericks to the break. Ayton had 10 points, five rebounds and two assists in 15 minutes, knocking down a pair of midrange jumpers and finishing an and-one with the foul on Doncic. Doncic showed his court vision, handing out three assists to DeAndre Jordan, including a behind-the-back pass for a dunk. However, Doncic missed all three shots he attempted outside the paint.

Ayton flips it in with his left hand (0:20)

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

It's not hard to see what has the NBA world captivated by Luka Doncic's potential. The flash is what catches the eye, but he's completely under control and poised with the ball. It's almost as if he's been playing professionally at a very high level already.

Ayton backs down Doncic for first points (0:17)

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Suns coach Igor Kokoskov says newly signed Jamal Crawford will be inactive tonight against the Mavericks. Crawford agreed with the Suns on Monday.

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

After Philly's loss last night, teams that played preseason games in China are now 1-8 ATS and straight up in their regular-season opener, since the 2014-15 season. The Mavs are 1-point underdogs tonight in Phoenix.

Deandre Ayton: Son of the Soil (5:42)

Bobby Marks ESPN 

Phoenix will incur a $1.4M cap hit this season with the waiver of Davon Reed. Any team interested in claiming the former second round pick must have cap space or a trade exception. The contract for Reed in 2019-20 ($1.61M) and 2020-21 ($1.75M) is non-guaranteed with a July 10 trigger date for each season.

Bobby Marks ESPN 

The Disabled Player Exception that Phoenix applied for with regards to Darrell Arthur is now voided with his waiver. The Suns will have a $7.4M cap hit on Arthur and $50K with Shaquille Harrison. Teams eligible to claim Harrison must have cap space or a trade exception to claim him based on the guard signed a three-year contract in March. The remaining $1.4M on the Harrison contract is non-guaranteed and he has a $1.6M team option in 2019-20. The Suns will need to waive or trade one player before Jamal Crawford is signed.

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Team Stats

Points Per Game121.05th
Rebounds Per Game44.0Tied-20th
Assists Per Game35.02nd
Points Allowed100.0Tied-4th

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2018-19101.000
2017-182161.256
2016-172458.293
2015-162359.280
2014-153943.476