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23-59, 4th in Pacific
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Bruised pie wielder: Kevin Johnson overreacted

A man who smashed a cream pie into the face of Kevin Johnson says the Sacramento mayor went too far in his reaction, which caused facial injuries that were said to require nine stitches.

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Kevin Johnson OK after pie-to-face incident

A man with a coconut cream pie grabbed Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson from behind and smacked him in the face with it at a charity event, leading the former NBA star to start swinging.

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Vegas expects improvements for Suns

The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook puts Phoenix's over/under at 26.5 wins after a 23-win 2015-16 campaign. Devin Booker & Co. have long odds (300-1) to win the Pacific Division, but that's better than the Lakers' odds (500-1). Odds for every team

Budinger among available free agents

J.R. Smith has garnered much attention for not yet signing. But Marc Stein notes that small forward Chase Budinger, who appeared in 17 games for the Suns last season, is among the NBA free agents still available with camps beginning soon. Free agents

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Yao got better of Shaq in win column

Yao Ming's eight NBA seasons, all with the Rockets, coincided with Shaquille O'Neal's final years -- his last two with the Lakers, then on to the Heat, Suns, Cavaliers and Celtics. They're on the same team this weekend, heading into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

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Suns are fully in rebuild mode

Phoenix added Dragan Bender (the No. 4 draftee) and Marquese Chriss (No. 8) this summer. Chad Ford likes the collection of young talent but knows it's going to take them a while to learn how to win. Western Conference offseason grades (Insider)

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Phoenix Suns players Devin Booker, Tyler Ulis, Marquese Chriss and Alan Williams took in the Arizona Cardinals' training camp practice on Thursday at University of Phoenix Stadium. They watched warm-ups from the field and then sat in the stands, where they heard from Cardinals president Michael Bidwill, GM Steve Keim and former safety and current scout Adrian Wilson.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Before Thursday's practice, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians met with Phoenix Suns head coach Earl Watson, while Cardinals GM Steve Keim spoke with Suns GM Ryan McDonough, the brother of Arizona's vice president of player personnel, Terry McDonough.

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Suns have long hill to climb

Kevin Pelton writes that ESPN's real plus-minus shows Phoenix significantly improving its regular-season record this season, thanks in great measure to a healthy Eric Bledsoe. But an end to the Suns' playoff drought isn't likely. Projected W-L record for 2016-17 (Insider)

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With 4th pick in 2017 draft, Suns would ...

Chad Ford writes that Phoenix would look at point guards to fill a presumed void created during the coming year. Ford sees the Suns tabbing NC State freshman Dennis Smith, who has come back strong following a torn ACL. Mock Draft 1.0 (Insider)

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Suns duo needs turnaround season

Different injuries during 2015-16 led to the same thing for guards Brandon Knight and Eric Bledsoe. Bradford Doolittle notes they missed plenty of games and saw rookie Devin Booker (how many Kentucky players are allowed on one team?) stand out in the backcourt. Top bounce-back players for 2016-17 (Insider)

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Bogdanovic leaves Rio with silver medal

Bogdan Bogdanovic struggled during Serbia's 96-66 loss to Team USA on Sunday. He shot 2-for-12, missing all seven from behind the arc, and finished with seven points. The 24-year-old guard averaged 12.2 points during the tournament, topped by games of 19 each against Venezuela and China.

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What will Booker do for an encore?

Devin Booker finished fourth in voting for the rookie of the year in 2015-16. Chad Ford ranks the shooting guard from Kentucky higher than that in his assessment of second-year NBA players. Top sophs for 2016-17 (Insider)

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Ranking 10 best sophomores this NBA season

Who will be the top 10 sophomores in 2016-17? Where do D'Angelo Russell, Justise Winslow and Devin Booker land? Chad Ford and Kevin Pelton rank the NBA's best second-year players.

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Can Bender be NBA's rookie of year?

Chad Ford writes that Dragan Bender could finish higher in the balloting than his slot in the league's June draft, which was No. 4. Ford likes that the teenager has already played against experienced pros and should be an immediate starter with the Suns. Top rookie of the year contenders (Insider)

Team Stats

Points Per Game100.922nd
Rebounds Per Game44.87th
Assists Per Game20.724th
Points Allowed107.528th

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2015-162359.280
2014-153943.476
2013-144834.585
2012-132557.305
2011-123333.500

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