You have to make the playoffs first to win a ring. And the Phoenix Suns know better than anybody how hard that can be.
Forty-eight wins did not get the job done last year, however, the Suns, undaunted, will give the punishing Western Conference another crack in 2014-15. This time around, they’ll have Isaiah Thomas rounding a mortal three-guard spinning that–hopefully–will also incorporate the newly paid Eric Bledsoe for a full season.
Goran Dragic has been an elite performer last year, and he’ll seem to replicate the very remarkable individual offensive season we’ve observed in the post-Steve Nash Suns era.
Channing Frye’s departure to the Orlando Magic will hamper Phoenix’s spacing on offense, but the group which led the NBA at fast-break points a year ago may play enough speed to make up for this loss.
The good thing is that the Suns may have yet another superb season and fall short of the playoffs. The good news is they have enough limit flexibility to re-sign Dragic next summer and pursue a significant free agent who may put them over the top.
This season will probably be too much fun to word a throwaway, but the fact is the Suns are a year away from really raising their own profile.
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