Trevor Ariza & Josh Jackson: 17 Assists
For most of the offseason, the chatter around the Phoenix Suns has been about their starting point guard. Well, through two games, we’ve found out that Shaquille Harrison is likely the guy who will start the season at PG1.
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And while Harrison has been solid in two games as their starting point guard, most of the assists are coming from two guys not named Shaq Harrison: Trevor Ariza and Josh Jackson.
Ariza and Jackson have combined for 17 assists through two games, more than any other pair of Suns’ players. In their first preseason game against Sacramento, Jackson led the team with six assists, followed by Ariza leading the team in dimes against New Zealand (also with six).
This isn’t a bad thing for Harrison, more a testament of the team’s new pass-heavy offense. If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the past few years from Golden State and Houston, it’s that consistently moving the ball on offense leads to better possessions.
The Phoenix Suns will play their next preseason game at home against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday.
Phoenix opens the regular season on October 17th against the Dallas Mavericks in a nationally televised home game.