To win a ring, then you have to make the playoffs first. And the Phoenix Suns understand better how difficult that can be.
Forty-eight wins didn’t get the job done last year, however, the Suns, undaunted, will provide the punishing Western Seminar another crack in 2014-15. This time around, they will have Isaiah Thomas rounding a deadly three-guard spinning that–hopefully–will also include the newly paid Eric Bledsoe for a full season.
Goran Dragic has been an elite actor last year, and he will seem to duplicate the very impressive individual offensive season we have 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 per year ago can play with enough speed to compensate for that loss.
The bad news is that the Suns may have yet another superb season and still fall short of the playoffs. The fantastic news is they have enough 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 fun to word a throwaway, but the truth is the Suns are a year away from actually raising their profile.
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