Phoenix also had to surrender Cam Johnson (pictured) whose sweet stroke from outside gave opposing teams cavities. He’ll join Yuta Watanabe, the NBA’s most accurate shooter this season, Joe Harris, and Seth Curry in a stretchy Brooklyn offense that’ll be able to pour it in from anywhere on the floor. Since recovering from a torn meniscus he suffered in early November, Johnson has shot 45.6 percent from downtown, the fourth-highest rate in the league.
However, one of the newest Suns, Damion Lee signed with Phoenix after spending the last four years with the Warriors and has thrived in his current role. Steph Curry’s brother-in-law is currently the NBA’s third-most efficient shooter from distance in the league, doing just enough to make the younger Cam Johnson expendable in the short term.
A year ago, the Suns were a regular-season juggernaut that fizzled out in the postseason. Despite Devin Booker missing half the season, the Suns are still in a position to claim a top-3 seed. But Kevin Durant raises their playoff ceiling.
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