Dudley is expected to open the upcoming season as the Suns' starting power forward, Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic reports. During the latter half of last season, the Suns experimented with a starting frontcourt of Alex Len and Tyson Chandler, but since both of those players are natural centers, upgrading the power forward spot was a top priority. The Suns did just that during the draft in June by selecting Dragan Bender and Marquese Chriss with top 10 picks, but since neither player is expected to be a major NBA contributor right away, Dudley was brought in on a three-year, $30 million contract to serve as a placeholder at the position. His ability to stretch the floor and guard both perimeter and interior players should earn Dudley plenty of minutes right off the bat, but look for his role to decline as the season rolls along and Bender and Chriss presumably begin to find their footing in the NBA.
Dudley agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal with the Suns on Friday, the Arizona Republic's Paul Coro reports. The 30-year-old combo forward shot 42 percent from three-point range last year with the Wizards and has always been a team-first complementary player, the likes of which the Suns could really use as they prepare to hand the keys of the franchise over to a collection of youngsters. Dudley's playing time could decrease as the season goes on, as Phoenix is unlikely to contend for a playoff spot, but his shooting percentages should be solid and he could average close to a steal per game.
Dudley played a key role during the 2015-16 season, averaging 25.9 minutes per game and starting 41 times for the Wizards. Dudley contributed 7.9 points and 3.5 rebounds per contest over 81 total games this season. This output mirrors Dudley's performance last year with Milwaukee during the 2014-15 season in which he averaged 7.2 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. His consistency should make him worth a look in the final rounds of standard leagues. However, his value could fluctuate depending on where he ends up, as he heads into free agency this summer.
Dudley will draw the start in Monday's matchup with the Nets. Markief Morris will not play in this one, which has left the power forward position available for Dudley. It has been reported that Nene Hilario also may not play even though he is suiting up. If that is the case Dudley should see a relatively high workload in this outing.
Dudley delivered 11 points (4-7 FG, 2-2 FT, 1-1 3Pt), seven rebounds, four steals, three assists and a pair of blocks in 29 minutes during Sunday's win over the Hornets. The veteran had played fewer than 20 minutes in each of his previous seven games, but he took advantage of some extra playing time to deliver this fantasy-friendly effort. John Wall (knee) sat out again Sunday, and Dudley could feasibly see a bump in minutes for as long as he remains sidelined.
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