Phoenix Suns Roster 2021-22: Can Landry Shamet & JaVale McGee Help Chris Paul Attain His Maiden Championship Ring?

Published 08/25/2021, 9:29 PM EDT
Jun 30, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) center Deandre Ayton (22) guard Cameron Payne (15) and guard Devin Booker (1) celebrate the 130-103 series victory against the Los Angeles Clippers in game six of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


They say one must not tamper with a winning combination. This last season, the Phoenix Suns were that roster that had everything balanced in just the right amount. True, they faltered when it mattered the most, but they showed promise beyond expectations. 

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With former NBPA President Chris Paul at the helm and Devin Booker as his best man, the Suns do not lack in many areas. They boast a very strong frontcourt with center DeAndre Ayton and his very efficient hands. Yet, Robert Sarver and James Jones have made possible a few signings to further strengthen their championship-contending unit.

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Incoming players

Landry Shamet

The Suns agreed to lose the rights to rookie Day’Ron Sharpe as they rather deemed Landry Shamet more important. Upon reaching Phoenix, Landry would be Devin Booker’s backup at the shooting guard position as he brings enough experience to justify that. The man averaged close to 10 points last season at 38.7% three-point shooting. 

Elfrid Payton

Athletic point guard Elfrid Payton was crucial in the Knicks’ revamp this last season. His scoring and defense were on point even as he struggled with his shooting and playmaking. This player from the 2014 draft class can be a make-or-break acquisition for the Suns because he’s still an inexperienced playoff entity who is again back in Phoenix after a 2017 stint.

JaVale McGee

The one area where the Suns lacked against the Bucks was their size. Now, they have a 7-footer NBA champion in the 33-YO McGee who can help them at the rim. This mid-level exception is sure to help the Suns against the bigger units.

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Outgoing players 

Jevon Carter

Although the Suns re-signed most of their players using the bird rights, they cut Jevon loose. The small point guard was anyway a no-show in the last season and hence a Landry Shamet in the swap did not hurt the Suns.

Phoenix Suns Roster 2021-22

Frontcourt: 

Deandre Ayton

Mikal Bridges

Jae Crowder

Cameron Johnson

JaVale McGee

Frank Kaminsky

Abdel Nader

Dario Saric

Jalen Smith

Backcourt: 

Jun 30, 2021; Chris Paul celebrates with Devin Booker after scoring a basket against the Clippers during game six of the WC Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Paul

Devin Booker

Cameron Payne

Elfrid Payton

Landry Shamet

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Langston Galloway

Ty-Shon Alexander

E’Twaun Moore

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So now, if the Suns roster stays as healthy as they did throughout the 2020-21 season, chances are stronger they can top the WC. Certainly, CP3 still has a shot at a championship ring at 36 years of age. We wish all the luck to the valley!

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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