To win a ring, you have to make the playoffs. Along with the Phoenix Suns know better how hard that can be.
Forty-eight wins didn’t get the work done this past 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 a deadly three-guard spinning that–hopefully–will also incorporate the recently paid Eric Bledsoe to get a complete season.
Goran Dragic was an elite performer last year, and he’ll look to replicate the most impressive individual offensive season we’ve observed 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 which led the NBA in fast-break points per year ago may play with enough speed to make up for this loss.
The good thing is that the Suns could have yet another excellent season and still fall short of the playoffs. The fantastic news is they have enough cap flexibility to re-sign Dragic next summer and pursue a significant free agent who could put them over the top.
This season will probably be too much pleasure to term a throwaway, but the fact is the Suns are a year away from really raising their profile.
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