Two a Days: Phoenix Suns Preview

The Suns have a new look for the 2013-14 season.

The Suns have a new look for the 2013-14 season.

By: Travis Thayer (@TheTravisThayer)

2012-13 Record: 25-57

Projected 2013-14 Finish: 5th in the Pacific

Projected Starting Lineup

Goran Dragic, PG
Shannon Brown, SG
Gerald Green, SF
Markieff Morris, PF
Marcin Gortat, C

Key Reserves

Eric Bledsoe, G
(R) Archie Goodwin, G
Marcus Morris, F
(R) Alex Len, C
Channing Frye, F/C

Strengths 

The strength of the 2013-14 version of the Phoenix Suns is going to be their youth and athleticism.  New head coach Jeff Hornacek wants his players to play fast and furious, with a primary focus on defense.  Hornacek has the athletes to run the floor, and if anything the Suns should provide everyone with a few highlights this season.

Weaknesses 

The Suns still have a way to go in order to be a contending team in the west because of their youth.  One of their biggest weaknesses is not having a go-to-scorer.  Goran Dragic is a great three-point shooter, but he doesn’t posses the ability to take over a game.  He should have some help scoring with the addition of Eric Bledsoe, but will they be able to play together and not suffer on defense.  Another glaring weakness has been the lack of a back to the basket scorer.  The Suns addressed that by drafting seven-footer Alex Len.  Len is a bit of a project, but he should offer some stability to an otherwise awful low-post team.

Outcome

Fans should expect to see an exciting young team who is going to play hard for 48 minutes.  Gerald Green, Eric Bledsoe, and Shannon Brown will almost certainly electrify us with some highlight dunks, but the Suns simply won’t compete in the west in 2013.  The Suns appear to be heading in the right direction, but for now they will find themselves in a familiar place. The Draft Lottery.

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