Biggest Question Facing Each Phoenix Suns Starter in 2012-13
The Phoenix Suns have finally entered rebuilding mode.
This offseason, the Suns went out and picked up three new starters, while trading Steve Nash and letting Grant Hill walk away.
With new faces come more questions, and the fan base might not be familiar with every new addition.
The returning players also bring some lingering doubts, and there might even be questions about how well they can coexist with the new additions.
With that said, let's break down the biggest area of concern for each starter.
Will Goran Dragic Handle the Pressure?
Steve Nash won two regular season MVP awards with the Suns and is one of the best passers in history.
Dragic is a 26-year-old who has so far spent most of his career on the bench.
No one can expect him to directly replace Nash and impact the game the same way, but he is the new point guard and fans will demand much from him.
Nash orchestrated one of the most successful eras in Suns history, and Dragic will have to make sure the team doesn't completely tank this year. The Phoenix sports media will make Dragic and his quest to replace Nash the big story this year.
Dragic has never seen the type of attention he will see in Phoenix, and he could collapse under the spotlight.
Will Shannon Brown's Play Warrant a Starting Spot?
This season, the Suns might actually have some competition regarding the starting shooting guard spot.
While Shannon Brown should be expected to start day one, Wesley Johnson could come out and steal his spot. Johnson is a good athlete, tough defender, but has so far had a terrible career on the offensive end.
Johnson has averaged 7.7 points per game for his career, and his shooting percentage has been below 40 percent in each of his first two seasons.
Should Johnson improve his offensive game, then there could be questions whether Brown should be starting.
Brown is a great athlete, but has been very inconsistent on the court, and he is not nearly as good a defensive player as Johnson.
It's Brown's spot to lose, but he needs to improve his game if he wants to stay ahead of Johnson on the depth chart..
Can Michael Beasley Maintain His Focus?
Beasley has had a rocky start to his career.
Needless to say, Beasley has had to deal with a lot of off-the-court stuff in his career. However, great players always find ways to stay focused and play with 100 percent effort.
Beasley's biggest problem has been his inconsistent play. On some days he seem like one of the best young scorers in the game; on others, he is just another role player. If Beasley puts all his effort into producing on the court, he could be scary.
But that might be easier said than done.
Can Scola Share the Post with Marcin Gortat?
Unlike his last few seasons in Houston, Scola will now have to share the lost post with a top center.
How well can Scola adjust coming in? His playing style is more reliant on finesse, whereas Marcin Gortat's playing style is more about muscling his way inside and dunking on his man.
It will be interesting to see how well the two can play off each other, as both big men are willing passers.
Scola has the ability to knock down some mid-range shots which is what he could be asked to do on multiple occasions.
Alvin Gentry certainly has a nice new weapon on offense in Scola, and if he uses him right, the Suns could have one of the top frontcourts in the league.
Can Marcin Gortat Repeat Last Year's Performance?
Last season was Gortat's breakout year as he finally saw a full season of starter minutes and contributed at a high level.
He was great on the offensive end, averaging more than 15 points a game on 55 percent shooting.
He also proved to be a defensive presence, putting up 1.5 blocks and nearly a steal a game. Hopefully, he can take last season and build off of it instead of dropping off and showing that 2011-12 was a fluke.
With all the new additions to the team, Gortat could receive fewer touches, making his production drop.
But if he is as good as 2011-12 suggests, the drop shouldn't be too steep.
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