The Phoenix Suns haven’t exactly appeared to be a title contender this season, despite what many predicted.
This is primarily due to their inability to consistently field a healthy lineup thus far. Bradley Beal and Devin Booker have both missed time this season; while Booker has already returned to the starting lineup, Beal is once again out after appearing in just three games. Yuta Watanabe, the Suns’ backup wing, is also hurt. Due to a quad injury he received during practice, Watanabe was unable to play against the Jazz on Sunday. According to Kellan Olson of Empire of the Suns, he will also be unavailable to play against the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday.
Before missing the first 12 games of the Suns season due to a quad injury, Yuta Watanabe had participated in every one of them. After playing for the Brooklyn Nets the previous season, he signed as a free agency with the Suns in the offseason. In the 2018 NBA Draft, he was not selected, and he played his first NBA season on a two-way contract with the Memphis Grizzlies. Before joining the Nets, he played for the Toronto Raptors for two seasons and the Memphis Grizzlies for two seasons.