With three games left in the season, the Mavs may have their best chance for a win against Phoenix. The 32-47 Mavs are coming off a
hard fought loss to the Spurs, have won two of their last 10 games and are currently at #9 in the draft race.
One team really setting the draft pace is the 23-57 Phoenix Suns. The Suns have the worst record in the West and worst in the league who those who own their 2017 draft pick (gosh, Brooklyn...). The Suns are 1-9 in their last 10 games, fresh off a sneaky prideful win Friday against OKC.
The youngest Suns
More about the rebuilding Suns: the Suns have absolutely metamorphosed into a solid 76ers Process era-level squad at the All-Star break. Gone: the balanced squad featuring Eric Bledsoe and old friend Tyson Chandler.
Enter: the youngest lineup ever in NBA history! Presenting the starters for the Phoenix Stellar Nebulas: Tyler Ulis (21), Devin Booker (20), T.J. Warren (23), Marquess Chris (19) and Alex Len (23).
I mean, these guys are still learning the difference between their lagers and their ales. In fact, the Weighted Game Age for the Phoenix Suns is now pushing to 23, which is very, very young. What is Weighted Game Age you ask? You can read about it here.
The baby Dallas Foals/Yearlings/Colts will get more minutes
This game is harder to read in terms of getting a win versus developing players since the Suns are so good at losing. My guess is it will be more competitive than a regular game while offering Dallas a chance to play the young guys an extended amount of time.
Nicolas Brussino (24), Dorian Finney-Smith (23), A.J. Hammons (24) and Jarrod Uthoff (23) look like grizzled veterans compared to the Suns but they should continue to see their minutes trend up here.
Nerlens Noel vs the Suns bigs
Noel is the key young starter to watch with Seth Curry nursing a shoulder injury. Since getting the starting job in late March, he’s been somewhat quiet, averaging 8 points and 7 rebounds over the last two weeks. Noel will get a chance to show his stuff against a few guys who provide very different looks.
Phoenix’s starting power forward, Chriss, is a foul-prone but high-potential player. The 8th overall pick in 2016, he is the only rookie averaging both a block and a three made per game since the break.
Len and Alan Williams, Phoenix’s first big off the bench and just 24 years old himself, offer a more traditional big man look. They will test Noel (16% rebound percentage) on the boards, especially Williams (22% rebounding percentage), who is walking double-double.
How to watch
Tip-off starts at 6:00 Eastern Time, 5:00 Central, on TXA21 and NBA League Pass.