Phoenix Suns Need to Start Playing the Young Players for Remainder of the Season

Jonathan CullenSenior Writer IFebruary 23, 2013

Dragic's play has been one of the few bright spots for the Suns.
Dragic's play has been one of the few bright spots for the Suns.Christian Petersen/Getty Images

After last night's 113-88 blowout loss at home to the Boston Celtics, made even more embarrassing due to the fact that the Celtics were playing without Kevin Garnett and playing their third game in four nights, the Phoenix Suns have an obvious decision to make for the rest of the season.

The loss to the Celtics left the Suns at 18-38, last in the NBA's Western Conference. The Suns were 13-28 under former head coach Alvin Gentry and 5-10 under current coach Lindsey Hunter.

It has been apparent to almost anyone who has followed the team this season, is that it's not the coach, it's the players.

Suns' management biggest misevaluation this season has been expecting this team to compete for a playoff spot and a .500 record.

The Suns simply aren't talented enough yet to compete for a playoff spot.

Given that there are only 26 games remaining in the regular season, the Suns have an obvious decision to make.

It is time to play the kids and play the kids a lot for the remainder of the season.

Some of the veterans on the team, like Jared Dudley, Marcin Gortat, Jermaine O'Neal and Luis Scola deserve a better fate, but there is a way for Suns' head coach Hunter to simply explain to the vets that he needs to be able to evaluate the younger players on the roster.

The positive developments on the roster include the continued development of Goran Dragic and finding P.J. Tucker. Dragic looks like he has finally turned a corner for the team and looks to be the piece the Suns can start building around.

Finding Tucker has been the best under-the-radar acquisition the team has made. His skill set can definitey help the Suns moving forward.

The Suns need to give heavy minutes to the Morris brothers, Kendal Marshall, Michael Beasley, Wesley Johnson and Diante Garrett from here on out.

It is not about winning games right now, it is about building for next year and instilling the right attitude in a young roster now.

The box score last night looked like a minor shift towards this, but the Suns need to go completely in with the young players and take their lumps.

It will benefit the Suns two separate ways; evaluating the young talent on the roster before the team gets to this year's draft and free agency.

It will also help improve the Suns' draft position, something that can't be overlooked moving towards this summer. The Suns would currently have the fifth-overall pick in this June's draft.

The Suns can win by losing, something they need to employ for the remainder of the season.


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