Empire of the Suns

The Toronto Raptors and the New York Knicks play during the 2021 NBA Summer League at the Thomas &a...

Suns wrap up Summer League play in Las Vegas with loss to Cavaliers

Suns basketball will now be on hiatus. The team's Summer League squad played its finale in Las Vegas, falling to the Cavaliers 88-85.
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A Summer league logo is shown on center court during a game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the...

Suns’ Summer League team starts to gel, wins 2nd game in a row

The Summer Suns' results through two games sure weren't pretty, but for those who stuck around to catch the next two, you've seen progress.
1 month ago
Jalen Smith #10 of the Phoenix Suns grabs a loose ball against the Los Angeles Lakers during the 20...

Jalen Smith produces again, Summer Suns get 1st win in Las Vegas

The Phoenix Suns' Summer League team picked up their first win in Las Vegas on Thursday night against the Denver Nuggets.
1 month ago
Phoenix Suns guard Ty-Shon Alexander is fouled by Oklahoma City Thunder forward Josh Hall (15) duri...

Ty-Shon Alexander showing midrange potential for Suns at Summer League

Ty-Shon Alexander couldn't possibly have had better people to learn the midrange game from, and he's showing his prowess in Las Vegas.
1 month ago
Jalen Smith #10 of the Phoenix Suns passes the ball up the court against the Los Angeles Lakers dur...

Jalen Smith records double-double in Summer League debut, a Suns loss

It wasn't hard to spot the lone first-round pick on the floor between the Suns and Lakers in Summer League play from Vegas on Sunday night.
1 month ago
Nando de Colo #12 of Team France looks to pass the ball asDevin Booker #15 of Team United States de...

Devin Booker wins Olympic gold medal, Kevin Durant leads USA over France

Devin Booker achieved one of his ultimate goals this summer, winning an Olympic gold medal with Team USA.
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A basketball is shown on the court during a break in a semifinal game of the 2019 NBA Summer League...

Phoenix Suns’ unique Summer League roster full of professionals, talent from overseas

It's not often you see a NBA Summer League roster like the Phoenix Suns' in 2021. It's pretty unique.
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Jalen Smith #10 of the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game against the Denver Nuggets at Phoenix Suns ...

All eyes will be on Jalen Smith in Suns’ return to NBA Summer League

Phoenix Suns big man Jalen Smith could be a huge difference-maker for the team next season and he makes his summer league debut on Sunday.
1 month ago
SAITAMA, JAPAN - AUGUST 05: Devin Booker #15 of Team United States shoots over Nathan Sobey #9 of T...

Devin Booker has best game yet, USA moves past Aussies to Olympic final

It hasn't been pretty at times, but the United States men's basketball team and Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker are now one win away from a gold medal.
2 months ago
TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 25: JaVale McGee #11 of the United States in action during the USA V France bas...

JaVale McGee fills a Suns need, fits in with hard-working group

Phoenix Suns center JaVale McGee is going to be a useful piece that can protect the rim and do the little things down low.
2 months ago
Devin Booker #15 of Team United States reaches for a loose ball against Team Spain during the secon...

Devin Booker fills in gaps for Team USA’s quarterfinal win vs. Spain

Everyone who really knows Devin Booker's game was excited to see how he would adapt to playing on a loaded Team USA roster in the Olympics.
2 months ago
Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) reacts after forcing a turnover and a 24-second clock violation i...

Chris Paul’s return about more than 1 window of contention for Suns

The return of Chris Paul to the Phoenix Suns will help out the team's present title chase and also the ones to come without him.
2 months ago
Devin Booker #15 of Team United States passes the ball against Czech Republic during the first half...

Devin Booker, Team USA advance to knockout stage of Olympic play

The last game of pool play for Team USA couldn't have gone much better. While the Americans didn't play lights out all 40 minutes, they were tested.
2 months ago
Phoenix Suns' Cameron Payne (15) shoots as Milwaukee Bucks' Bobby Portis (9) defends during the fir...

Cam Payne returning to Suns would be continuity, but also near necessity

Cam Payne proved multiple times in the playoffs that the Phoenix Suns need his unique skillset. Where else would they find it in free agency?
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Potential targets in free agency for Phoenix Suns at backup C

The Phoenix Suns will need to add a big man in free agency, and it wouldn't hurt to make it two. Empire of the Suns looks at some possibilities.
2 months ago
Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns rests during the second half in Game Two of the NBA Finals agains...

Suns’ attention turns toward Chris Paul’s decision after NBA Draft

The 2021 NBA Draft came and went without a selection by the Phoenix Suns after they traded the 29th pick to the Brooklyn Nets.
2 months ago
Landry Shamet #20 of the Brooklyn Nets dribbles during the second half against the Chicago Bulls at...

Suns pass on draft’s late 1st round, bring in shooting with Landry Shamet

The Phoenix Suns upgraded their guard depth on Thursday, reportedly acquiring the Brooklyn Nets' Landry Shamet for Jevon Carter and the draft's 29th pick.
2 months ago
Iran's Hamed Haddadi (15), left, prepares to pass over United States' Devin Booker (15) during men'...

Devin Booker flips emotionally from Finals loss to Team USA starting role

Devin Booker isn't ducking the reality of a missed NBA Finals opportunity, but he's quickly turned the page to make an impact for Team USA in the Olympics.
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Empire of the Suns’ NBA Draft 1st impressions, Pt. 3: Upside picks

Could the Phoenix Suns defy their recent draft trends and take a raw prospect in the 2021 NBA Draft? Empire of the Suns has a few possibilities.
2 months ago
Devin Booker #15 of Team United States dunks against Islamic Republic of Iran during a Men's Prelim...

Suns’ Devin Booker starts for Team USA in win over Iran at Olympics

Devin Booker can finally take a few days to collect himself after wrapping the NBA Finals, flying to Tokyo and playing in two games for Team USA.
2 months ago
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Empire of the Suns’ NBA Draft 1st impressions, Pt. 2: Variety bag

The Phoenix Suns will have plenty of options at the end of the first round of the 2021 NBA Draft, including a few unconventional prospects.
2 months ago
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Empire of the Suns’ NBA Draft 1st impressions, Pt. 1: Guard creators

The NBA Draft is a week away, so it's time to get to know some of the potential selections for the Phoenix Suns at the end of the first round.
2 months ago
Devin Booker #15 of Team United States looks on during the first half of their Men's Preliminary Ro...

Devin Booker makes Olympic debut in same week as Suns’ NBA Finals exit

Devin Booker had four points for Team USA against France less than 24 hours after landing in Tokyo after completing his sixth NBA season for the Suns.
2 months ago
Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul, middle, huddles with head coach Monty Williams, bottom left, center ...

Chris Paul still Suns’ top offseason priority despite disappointing close

There's no way in hell the Suns should consider not finding a way to keep point guard Chris Paul in Phoenix, regardless of the cost.
2 months ago