Phoenix Suns Must Find Themselves
The Phoenix Suns have been one of the most interesting, exciting teams in the last 5 years. The Suns were possibly an Amar’e Stoudemire suspension away from advancing from the NBA Finals a few seasons. in spite of, the Suns were one of the highest scoring teams in the NBA but didn’t play defense well over the same time period. The Suns finished 46-36 just missing the playoffs. It’s strange to see the highest scoring team at 109.4 points per game not making the playoffs.
The best player for the Suns last season was Shaquille O’Neal who played in 75 games, averaged 18 points per game and 8 rebounds. Stoudemire was a good player when he was on the court but trade talks and an injury hindered Stoudemire’s season.
The days of the Suns being a championship contender may be over. They have an aging player in Steve Nash and Grant Hill had one of his best seasons of the decade but he isn’t young anymore either. The Suns do not have a thorough team and GM Steve Kerr didn’t envision the Suns would fall off this quickly. The Suns will need very productive seasons from Robin Lopez, Jason Richardson, Leandro Barbosa, and rookie Taylor Griffin.
If the Suns have another average season, jobs will be in jeopardy all around and it might be time to blow up the Suns team and start anew. Stoudemire is one of the best players in the league – Stoudemire should have another excellent season but it might not matter. The Suns probably should have one championship in the last 5 years so the exciting, thrilling, “Can they score 140?” Suns are over, sadly for basketball fans.
Nash is in the last season of his contract and it will be interesting to see where he goes after this year. Nash will be 36 this season and where he will finish his career is unknown.