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Start, Bench, Cut: Suns Shooting Guards

Start, Bench, Cut is a very popular game that is played among sports fans. It usually involves three players from different eras who played the same position. For example, you may see a post on social media that says, Start, Bench, Cut, Larry Fitzgerald, Cris Carter, or DeAndre Hopkins. Now who out of these three great wide receivers would be the starter, the one coming off of the bench, and the one who is cut off of the team. It is mean’t to be very difficult.

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In this edition of start, bench, cut. The choices are between Phoenix Sun shooting guards, Paul Westphal, Devin Booker, and Walter Davis. These are three great shooting guards that are being picked by what they did while playing for the Suns.

Start: Devin Booker

May 7, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) against the Denver Nuggets in the first half during game four of the 2023 NBA playoffs at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Devin Booker has played eight seasons in Phoenix. In that time he has become the greatest shooting guard in Suns history. He is the current face of a franchise that is expected to be a championship contender year in and year out. This is after going through a very tough period team wise to start his career.

Booker has averaged 23.9 points, 4.8 assists, and 4 rebounds per game so far in his career. He has already led the Suns to a NBA Finals appearance. He will be 27 years old going into this upcoming season. The sky is the limit for what Booker will do in a Suns uniform.

Bench: Paul Westphal

Unknown date and unknown location; USA; FILE PHOTO; Phoenix Suns guard Paul Westphal (44). Mandatory Credit: Malcolm Emmons-USA TODAY Network.

Paul Westphal played six total seasons with the Phoenix Suns. The first five seasons were during his prime and the last one was to end his career here in the valley. During those first five seasons, Westphal averaged 22.58 points, and 5.6 assists per game while shooting 51% from the floor.

The Phoenix Suns had lots of success during Westphal’s time on the team including a NBA Finals appearance in 1976 and western conference finals appearance  in 1979. Westphal’s consistency and efficiency helped the Suns be one of the better franchise’s of the late 70’s.

Cut: Walter Davis

INGLEWOOD, CA – CIRCA 1987: Walter Davis of the Phoenix Suns dribbles against the Los Angeles Lakers circa 1987 at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1987 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Walter Davis is the all-time leading scorer in Phoenix Suns history. He scored 15,666 points while playing for the Suns. Davis came out of the gates quickly to start his career. He averaged 24. 2 points per game his rookie year. That was his most productive season scoring wise.

Davis averaged 20.5 points and 4.4 assists per game during his eleven years in the valley. He was a great scorer but not the all-around player that Westphal was and that Booker is.

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