Here’s a quick primer for those not in the market for a ticket to the Suns season opening game on Monday night at the Pepsi Center:What: Phoenix vs. Suns preseason opener.
When: 7 p.m. on CBS, CBS Sports Network, TNT, ESPN and NBA TV.
Where: Pepsi Center, Denver, CO.TV’s SportsCenter channel will be available on the TV app.
Where to watch: The Suns home opener vs. the Sacramento Kings on Thursday, April 12 at 7:30 p.s. at the Moda Center in Sacramento.
If you don’t live in the metro area, here’s a link to all of the NBA, MLB and NHL games on ESPN.
If not, here are some ways to get a head start.
The Suns have an all-star roster of veterans, including point guard Isaiah Thomas, guard Devin Booker, forward Tyler Ulis, forward Isaiah Rider and center Alex Len.
Booker is a big, physical guard who can also play power forward, but the Suns have struggled offensively in recent seasons and have struggled to defend against point guards.
They’ll be looking to get their guard of the future back from injury.
They’ve made some moves this offseason to shore up the frontcourt.
They signed veteran guard Mike Muscala and acquired veteran forward Marreese Speights from the New Orleans Pelicans.
Muscalas shooting percentages are below 50 percent from 3-point range in each of the last three seasons, so the Suns are hoping that he can return to the league he’s used to playing in.
Thomas and Booker have both missed the last two games with injuries, with Thomas’ right foot and Booker’s left foot both getting hurt in a loss to the New York Knicks last month.
But Phoenix was playing without point guard D’Angelo Russell, who is sidelined with a broken right foot.
The Suns’ only other player who’s played more than 10 minutes per game is forward Isaiah Cobb, who had 11 points and eight rebounds.
Phoenix also has a big upgrade at point guard with Marcus Thornton, a rookie who started all 22 games last season, making 13 starts.
Thornton, who averaged 14.8 points, 3.4 assists and 3.1 rebounds in 20 games last year, will be a big addition for Phoenix.
He’s not a big name on the Suns roster, but he’s a versatile player who can play multiple positions.
Thornton averaged 17.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3 assists in 25 games for Phoenix last season.
He played with the Suns this year, averaging 7.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists.
The team also acquired forward/center Brandon Bass from the Portland Trail Blazers last year.
Bass is coming off a breakout year, shooting 51.3 percent from the field and 53.2 percent from deep, including the playoffs.
The Kings are a young team, but they’re one of the best teams in the league, including having a pair of rookie guards in Isaiah Thomas and DeMarcus Cousins.
They also have two guards who are expected to be contributors: point guard Tyreke Evans and forward Marcus Thornton.
Evans averaged 17 points, 9.8 boards and 4.4 rebounds in 13 games last week.
Thornton was a force against the Portland Blazers, averaging 16.8 and 11.7 points in 20 minutes per contest.
The Kings also acquired point guard/forward Ty Lawson from the Indiana Pacers in a sign-and-trade last year and drafted guard Marcus Thornton in the second round.
Thornton is a 6-foot-10, 250-pound power forward who has made his name as a versatile scorer in the NBA.
The Pacers were playing the New Jersey Nets last season before their season ended.
They made their debut in the playoffs last season and went on to win the title.
They were without star point guard Paul George for the last four games of the season.
The Nets had their own point guard, Deron Williams, sidelined with injury.
The Pacers will be looking for another veteran presence with point guard and point guard.
They have two point guards who will have a chance to play in the All-Star Game: point forward Josh McRoberts and guard Evan Turner.
McRoberts is the second-leading scorer for the Kings, averaging 14.7 per game.
He’s also the team’s top rebounder at 2.3 per game, while Turner is averaging 2.6 per game and averaging 3.0 rebounds per game at 5.0 per game on average.
Turner has made seven straight starts and is averaging 8.5 points per game in the last six games.