PHOENIX SUNS

Suns’ Mark Bryant getting praise for development of Deandre Ayton

Jul 8, 2021, 2:40 PM | Updated: 10:51 pm
Deandre Ayton #22 of the Phoenix Suns (R) warms up with assistant coach Mark Bryant before the game...
Deandre Ayton #22 of the Phoenix Suns (R) warms up with assistant coach Mark Bryant before the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center on March 10, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)

The young Phoenix Suns roster over the past year has gone through a tremendous amount of growth that helped drive the team to its first NBA Finals appearance in nearly three decades.

Much of the credit can be placed on head coach Monty Williams and his staff, which includes assistant coach Mark Bryant.

Former NBA player and current ESPN commentator Kendrick Perkins tweeted Bryant was one of the top assistant coaches in the game and said he doesn’t get enough credit for his work.

The tweet mentioned his impact on Dwight Howard, Serge Ibaka, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and now Deandre Ayton.

Durant echoed Perkins’ statement about his former coach in a tweet.

Ayton has taken his game to another level in the postseason, surpassing his output during the season.

The big man has averaged 16.5 points per game and 12.2 rebounds in the postseason.

Those numbers are up from 14.4 points and 10.5 rebounds in 69 regular season games.

Bryant joined the Suns in 2019, previously spending time with the Dallas Mavericks, Orlando Magic and the Seattle Supersonics which became the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Durant spent his first nine seasons with Bryant on the Supersonics and Thunder, averaging 27.4 points per game and seven rebounds across 641 games.

Bryant isn’t the only Suns assistant getting praise from this miraculous Suns run to the Finals as Willie Green reportedly interviewed for the Washington Wizards and New Orleans Pelicans head coaching vacancies.

The Suns take a 2-0 lead into Game 3 of the Finals against the Bucks into Milwaukee on Sunday. Tip-off is 5 p.m. and all the action can be heard on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Suns Station. 

Comments

Comment guidelines: No name-calling, personal attacks, profanity, or insults. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate comments by reporting abuse.
comments powered by Disqus

Phoenix Suns

Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns drives the ball past Mike Conley #10 of the Utah Jazz during th...
Kellan Olson

Phoenix Suns meet Utah Jazz for 1st time with back-to-back matchups

Even with injuries on both sides, the first matchups between the Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz will provide high-level basketball.
18 hours ago
Jae Crowder #99 of the Phoenix Suns reacts to an injury during the second half of the NBA game agai...
Kellan Olson

Suns’ win against depleted Pacers overshadowed by injuries for Phoenix

The Phoenix Suns got a win on Saturday night but what was first on everyone's minds was the statuses of Jae Crowder and Cam Payne.
2 days ago
Indiana Pacers guard Jeremy Lamb (26) is fouled by Phoenix Suns guard Cameron Payne, left, while go...
Jake Anderson

Suns’ Cam Payne, Jae Crowder won’t return vs. Pacers due to wrist injuries

Suns point guard Cam Payne and forward Jae Crowder will both not return to Saturday night's game against the Pacers due to wrist injuries.
2 days ago
Phoenix Suns forward Bismack Biyombo celebrates after dunking during the second half of an NBA bask...
Jake Anderson

Bismack Biyombo: Suns are unlike any other team I’ve ever been on

Phoenix Suns backup center Bismack Biyombo understands just how rare this type of team is in the modern NBA, even dubbing it as "not normal."
3 days ago
Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith, left, battles Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder (99) f...
Kellan Olson

Phoenix Suns swarm Mavericks defensively to improve NBA-best record

The Suns are in a position few teams in franchise history have ever been, atop the NBA standings and looking the part of title favorites.
4 days ago
Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) drives past Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe during the ...
Arizona Sports

NBA All-Star voting update: Suns’ Devin Booker still outpaced by Klay Thompson

Suns G Devin Booker continues to lose ground on the Warriors’ Klay Thompson in the most recent return of NBA All-Star fan voting.
3 days ago
Suns’ Mark Bryant getting praise for development of Deandre Ayton