To acquire a ring, then you need to make the match first. And the Phoenix Suns know better than anybody how difficult that may be.
Forty-eight wins didn’t get the job done last year, however, the Suns, undaunted, will provide the punishing Western Conference yet another crack in 2014-15. This time around, they will have Isaiah Thomas rounding out a deadly three-guard rotation that–hopefully–will also incorporate the recently paid Eric Bledsoe for a full season.
Goran Dragic was an elite actor last year, and he’ll seem to replicate the most impressive 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 team that led the NBA in fast-break points per year ago can play enough speed to compensate for that loss.
The bad news is that the Suns may have yet another superb season and fall short of the playoffs. The good news is they have sufficient limit flexibility to re-sign Dragic next summer and pursue a significant free agent who may place them on the top.
This season will be too much fun to term a throwaway, but the fact is that the Suns are a year away from actually raising their own profile.
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