To acquire a ring, you have to make the playoffs. And the Phoenix Suns understand better than anyone how hard that may be.
Forty-eight wins didn’t get the work done last year, however, 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 mortal three-guard rotation that–hopefully–will also include the newly paid Eric Bledsoe for a complete season.
Goran Dragic was an elite performer this past year, and he will seem to replicate the very remarkable individual offensive season we’ve seen in the post-Steve Nash Suns era.
Channing Frye’s departure to the Orlando Magic will hamper Phoenix’s spacing on crime, but the team which led the NBA at fast-break points a year ago can play with enough speed to make up for this loss.
The bad news is that the Suns may have yet another superb season and still fall short of the playoffs. The good news is they’ve got sufficient limit flexibility to re-sign Dragic next summer and pursue a significant free agent who could put them on the top.
This season will be too much fun to word a throwaway, but the truth is the Suns are a year away from actually raising their profile.
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