You have to make the playoffs to win a ring. And the Phoenix Suns know better how difficult that can be.
Forty-eight wins did not get the job done this past 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 deadly three-guard spinning that–hopefully–may also include the recently paid Eric Bledsoe to get a full season.
Goran Dragic has been an elite actor this past year, and he’ll look to replicate the most impressive individual offensive season we have 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 in fast-break points per year ago can play with enough speed to compensate for that loss.
The good thing is that the Suns may have yet another excellent season and still fall short of the playoffs. The fantastic news is they’ve got enough cap flexibility to re-sign Dragic next summer and pursue a major free agent who could put them on the top.
This year will probably be too much fun to term a throwaway, but the fact is that the Suns are a year away from really raising their own profile.
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