You need to make the match, to win a ring. Along with the Phoenix Suns understand better than anyone how hard that may be.
Forty-eight wins did not get the work done this past year, but the Suns, undaunted, will provide the punishing Western Seminar yet another crack in 2014-15. This time around, they’ll have Isaiah Thomas rounding out a deadly three-guard rotation that–hopefully–may also include the recently paid Eric Bledsoe to get a full season.
Goran Dragic was an elite performer last year, and he’ll seem to replicate the very remarkable individual offensive season we’ve seen in the post-Steve Nash Suns era.
Channing Frye’s death to the Orlando Magic will hamper Phoenix’s spacing on offense, but the group that led the NBA in fast-break points per year ago may play with enough speed to compensate for that loss.
The bad news is that the Suns could have yet another superb season and fall short of the playoffs. The fantastic news is they’ve got enough cap flexibility to re-sign Dragic next summer and also pursue a significant free agent who could put them on the top.
This year will be too much fun to word a throwaway, but the fact is that the Suns are a year away from really raising their own profile.
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