Friday, December 23, 2011

2011-2012 NBA Preview #21: Phoenix Suns

Aloha... I feel bad for Steve Nash (and I know Ryan does too)...

Roster Breakdown (Starters in Bold)
  • PG - Steve Nash, Sebastian Telfair, Ronnie Price
  • SG - Jared Dudley (ed: who isn't a 2-guard in any way), Shannon Brown
  • SF - Grant Hill, Josh Childress
  • PF - Channing Frye, Hakim Warrick, Markieff Morris
  • C - Marcin Gortat, Robin Lopez, Garret Siler

General Thoughts

If there was ever one team or one management that really letdown its superstar in recent years, it has been the Suns for Steve Nash. Every year it's been one departure after another and the talent they bring in is nothing like the talent that left. Long gone are the days of Amare and Marion on the break, but now its been Gortat, Channing Frye and Jared Dudley. Steve Nash has withstood the tests of time thus far so it's assumed he can do it another year. Somehow with this roster, he averaged 11 assists and I believe he can do it again easily. The rest of the roster is decent but no one that you really have to fear and take into account other than Nash. Frye and Dudley are knock down shooters and they will relied upon to continue that trend within the uptempo system they've been so synonymous with. They brought in Shannon Brown for some bench depth (I've also heard rumblings that he could start too) and I think he can score by shooting or slashing. I mentioned withstanding the tests of time I'd like to also mention that Grant Hill has only missed 3 games the last three years... I have no idea how thats possible but it happened with him playing 30 minutes a night. His all around play should help fill whatever holes the Suns need (and there are a few). This team is another one that needs to bottom out completely but I would be safe to say that management isn't looking to do that. They are more concerned with their bottom line and bottoming out doesn't help that cause.


Free Steve Nash. He's made that franchise relevant in recent years and I think that management owes it to him to send him along to another time while he has value and start over. His number will be retired regardless and will be in the same breath as Connie Hawkins and Charles Barkley as the greatest to put on a Suns jersey. It is a shame as a basketball fan (as well as fan of Nash) watching him give 100% every night for a management team who has placed subpar talent around him. I don't know who blinks first in terms of starting over but I fear the worst. (ed: on a basketball note, I'd keep an eye out for Gortat, he's been wildly undervalued after his departure from Orlando and should be considered an upper-echelon center... whatever that means)

Predicted Finish

13th in the West

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