Phoenix Suns: 3 Takeaways From Opening Night Victory Over Dallas

Deandre Ayton showed off the post moves that made him a force at Arizona in his NBA debut. More

Deandre Ayton showed off the post moves that made him a force at Arizona in his NBA debut. More

Between Booker's late-game heroics, a whopping 19 triples, Ayton's solid debut, a few timely daggers from Josh Jackson and steady production from T.J.

The Suns continued an unfortunate trend in the wrong direction, posting a record of just 21-61 last season. Both teams are coming off of a disappointing season past year.

The Suns first matchup of the season will feature the National Basketball Association debuts of the first overall (Deandre Ayton) and third overall (Luka Doncic) picks from the 2018 draft.

Winning the lottery, drafting four players including #1 overall pick Deandre Ayton, signing Devin Booker to a max contract, hiring Igor Kokoskov as head coach and relieving Ryan McDonough of general manager duties nine days before the season opener all contributed to a very interesting couple of months.

Phoenix Suns point guard Devin Booker catches fire in the fourth quarter, scoring 19 of his 35 points in the team's 121-100 win vs the Dallas Mavericks. The book on him coming in was he had never really been taught to defend until college and he just doesn't have the understanding yet, and that showed.

Ayton got the best of Doncic on this night, but there will be many more to follow. The No. 1 overall pick, Deandre Ayton, added 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Allonzo Trier, who went undrafted in the 2018 NBA Draft, scored 15 points in his debut and looked like a steal for the New York Knicks with several outstanding plays, including a thunderous drive and dunk.

The Suns found themselves with multiple double-digit leads, but the Mavericks were able to close the gap a couple of times before Phoenix was able to put them away for good. The Suns have room for growth but with the veteran presence of Jamal Crawford on the bench will help mentor the youth on this team.

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