What did the Suns do over the summer?
In the draft, the Suns had the 13th and 44th picks in the draft and grabbed Devin Booker, a shooting guard out of Kentucky, and traded the 44th pick to Memphis for Jon Leuer.
In free agency, the big move for the Suns this offseason was the signing of our own Tyson Chandler, much to the chagrin of the Mavericks' front office. They also agreed to terms with Brandon Knight (who was a restricted free agent) and threw their hat into the LaMarcus Aldridge sweepstakes. They rounded out free agency by signing last season Maverick-killer Mirza Teletovic, shooting guard Sonny Weems and point guard Ronnie Price.
There was a bit of drama after Marcus Morris and others were traded to the Pistons to clear some cap space for LaMarcus Aldridge chase, and Markeiff Morris was not happy about being separated from his twin. As Dave King of Bright Side of the Sun will tell us later today, all appears to have been resolved on that front.
Which Suns player might be due for a big game?
It seems silly to include this question when there hasn't even been a game played, but I imagine Tyson Chandler will have something to prove in the form of making Mark Cuban regret prioritizing DeAndre Jordan over him.
What do the Mavs need to do to be successful against the Suns?
Play a little bit of defense (same as it ever was) and hope to outscore them. With Deron Williams and Wes Matthews both on a minutes restriction, I'm not sure how possible this is -- the bench is going to have to shine. Though Brandon Knight hasn't been quite as explosive of a player in Phoenix as he was in Milwaukee, he's still a threat, and if they can keep him contained, and keep Tyson Chandler from dunking all over the place, the Mavs will have a real chance to outscore them. Unlike a lot of Western Conference opponents this year, these should be pretty evenly matched teams.
How to watch
Tipoff is at 9:00 p.m. Central on FSSW. For those outside the Dallas market, NBA League Pass (online or on your TV) will have the game.