By Evan Sidery
Entering into their final action of Summer League up in Las Vegas, the Phoenix Suns definitely looked the part of a team who should have been in championship contention. However, after yesterday’s surprising loss to Philadelphia, the Summer Suns ended up in the consolation bracket versus San Antonio.
Even though this game was rough on the eyes (more on that later), here are my takeaways from the latest drumming on the competition by Phoenix.
Thumbs Up: The biggest winner of Summer League for the Suns was by far new head coach Igor Kokoskov. Over this 5-game sample size, Kokoskov showed off a completely different system than what Suns fans are accustomed to watching. Unlike Earl Watson and Jay Triano, Kokoskov prioritizes heavy ball movement and switch-heavy looks.
When glossing over the passing numbers compared to last season, the Summer Suns carried an assist percentage of 62.4% (final game not included) while the 2017-18 Suns assisted on 55.3% of opportunities. With more NBA talent on the floor once October rolls around, that number could rise closer to 65%, putting Phoenix in the top 10 in terms of passing metrics. Many times throughout last year we saw more turnovers than assists in blowout losses. Under Kokoskov’s guidance, I doubt that happens much, if at...