You need to make the match to acquire a ring. And the Phoenix Suns know better than anybody how difficult that may be.
Forty-eight wins did not get the work done last year, however, the Suns, undaunted, will provide the punishing Western Conference yet another crack in 2014-15. This time around, they’ll have Isaiah Thomas rounding a mortal three-guard rotation that–hopefully–will also include the newly paid Eric Bledsoe to get a full season.
Goran Dragic was an elite actor this past year, and he will look to duplicate the most 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 crime, but the group that led the NBA at fast-break points a year ago can play enough speed to make up for this 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 limit flexibility to re-sign Dragic next summer and pursue a major free agent who may put them on the top.
This season will be too much fun to word a throwaway, but the truth is that the Suns are a year away from really raising their own profile.
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