Phoenix Suns Should Extend Head Coach Alvin Gentry

Jonathan CullenSenior Writer IDecember 27, 2012

This has been a frustrating season for Gentry's Suns
This has been a frustrating season for Gentry's SunsChristian Petersen/Getty Images


After last night's last second 99-97 loss to the undermanned New York Knicks, the Phoenix Suns now stand with a record of 11-18 heading towards the new year.

The Suns are bad, but not bad enough to benefit from this type of season.

If the season ended today, the Suns would have the eighth-worst record in the league.

The NBA draft next season looks to be without any real potential impact players, especially if the Suns are picking at the back end of the lottery.

The Suns are in a tough spot, but they shouldn't fire head coach Alvin Gentry.

In fact, they should be looking at giving Gentry a modest two-year extension.

Gentry is in the last season of his current deal and has been dealt a pretty tough hand with the current Phoenix roster.

The Suns experiment of trying to build a core around a developing point guard, decent power forward and a good center hasn't fared very well when paired with a collection of sixth men, bench players and role players.

Unless Phoenix's management believes that their current roster is not performing up to expectations, they should realize that Gentry is doing the best that he can with what he has to work with.


Gentry's career record with the Suns stands at 156-134, giving him a winning percentage of .538 in his tenure as the Suns coach.

The Suns have been very inconsistent this year, struggling on the defensive side of the ball and failing to generate enough offense for an entire game.

Too often, the team has dug itself into a large hole during the first half of its games and has struggled to climb out of it.

If Gentry is not to blame, where does the fault lie?

Partially with Suns management, who handed Gentry this group of players to transition away from the Steve Nash era.

Recent draft picks, trades and signings don't instill a lot of confidence in management to be able to pick the right players, either.

Which leaves us with the players. The current Suns roster contains some good players that have not fit well together, with Michael Beasley being a prime example.

The Suns figure to be very active before the NBA's trade deadline as they need to try to put this team into a better position to contend next season.


If the Suns are smart, Gentry will be the coach to lead them into the future.

Suns game recap via Brett Pollakoff of Pro Basketball Talk

Alvin Gentry bio and NBA league standings via the website.