NBA Podcast: The Phoenix Suns' Complete 2012-13 Season Preview

Joel C. CordesNBA Associate EditorSeptember 3, 2012

There aren't many familiar faces left in the desert.
There aren't many familiar faces left in the desert.Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Phoenix Suns sure became drastically different this offseason. Yet, does "different" equal "better?"

In this episode of "Basketball by Association," NBA assistant editors Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes break down all the key roster losses and additions, discuss the biggest storylines to watch and set realistic expectations for the Suns.

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Steve Nash's departure was inevitable, even if his L.A. Lakers destination was shocking. Can former understudy Goran Dragic's homecoming reignite a sputtering offensive attack?

Michael Beasley and Luis Scola are absolute upgrades to the frontcourt, but how well do they fit with Marcin Gortat? Can the Suns play uptempo when their bigs may be suited for a more traditional scheme?

Who's manning the shooting guard spot now that the underwhelming Wesley Johnson is competing against the inconsistent Shannon Brown? What roles will Jared Dudley, Channing Frye and the other holdovers play with all the newcomers now aboard? 

The Suns once again will be watchable and intriguing, but what is their plan for becoming one of the Western Conference's power teams once more? Alvin Gentry should get a lot of credit for constantly maximizing the worth of a miserly roster, but how long before he becomes the fall guy?

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