You need to make the match first to win a ring. And the Phoenix Suns understand better how difficult that can be.
Forty-eight wins did not get the work done this past year, but the Suns, undaunted, will provide the punishing Western Conference another crack in 2014-15. This time around, they will have Isaiah Thomas rounding a deadly three-guard rotation that–hopefully–may also include the newly paid Eric Bledsoe for a full season.
Goran Dragic was an elite actor this past year, and he will seem to duplicate the very remarkable individual offensive season we have seen in the post-Steve Nash Suns era.
Channing Frye’s death to the Orlando Magic will hamper Phoenix’s spacing on offense, but the team that led the NBA in fast-break points a year ago may play with enough speed to make up for this loss.
The bad news is that the Suns could have yet another excellent season and still fall short of the playoffs. The good news is they’ve got sufficient cap flexibility to re-sign Dragic next summer and pursue a major free agent who may put them on the top.
This year 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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