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NBA 18/19: 3 worst contracts on the Phoenix Suns roster

Phoenix Suns players during their recent 128-110 win over the New York Knicks
Phoenix Suns players during their recent 128-110 win over the New York Knicks
Modified 03 Jan 2019, 22:31 IST
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There is no doubting the Phoenix Suns are currently undergoing a major, multi-year rebuild. After being regulars in the Playoffs for much of the early 2000s, the Suns have failed to reach the post-season since 2010. Last year, they finished with a hugely disappointing 21-61 record.

This was the worst record across the entire NBA, which marked the third consecutive season where the Suns failed to record more than 25 wins. However, some good did come out of the season, as they received the first pick of this year's Draft - used on DeAndre Ayton.

Nevertheless, despite another high draft selection, they've continued to struggle. Their 9-27 record is the second worst across the league's 30 teams. While they have moved a number of overvalued contracts this season, we will here look at the three worst deals remaining on the Suns' roster:

#3 Josh Jackson

Jackson (no.20) in action against the San Antonio Spurs
Jackson (no.20) in action against the San Antonio Spurs

After playing a year of college basketball with the Kansas Jayhawks, Josh Jackson was selected fourth in the 2017 NBA Draft. Being a high pick, he immediately earned a large base salary - which will continue to rise over the next few years. The 21-year-old is earning over $6m for this season and it will grow to nearly $12m in 2021, should the Suns opt to use their team option. 

Jackson had a somewhat impressive first season in the NBA and was named as part of the league's All-Rookie second team. Despite this though, he has struggled during the early stages of 2018/19. 

His minutes have dropped to 21.9 per game and he's averaging just 8.9 points while shooting 38% from the field. Ultimately, he's failed to consistently showcase the same potential as both Ayton and Devin Booker, so the Suns may opt against their future team options. 

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Published 30 Dec 2018, 11:30 IST
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