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Both the Phoenix Suns and the West Virginia Mountaineers lost their long-time point guards in the offseason. To make up for it, the Suns signed a bunch of free agents and the Mountaineers landed a couple of high-profile transfers.
But neither strategy worked.
The Suns were forced to deal Steve Nash in a sign-and-trade. To fill his shoes and to add to its supporting cast, Phoenix signed Goran Dragic, Michael Beasley and Luis Scola.
While Dragic has played up to par, Beasley has already lost his spot in the rotation and Luis Scola has essentially been a non-factor. Despite the acquisitions, Phoenix has one of the worst records in the league.
The Mountaineers ended up losing starting point guard Darryl "Truck" Bryant to graduation, but brought Juwan Staten, former Dayton guard, to help fill his void. Staten, known as a scorer, was underwhelming in his first year at West Virginia, averaging only 7.6 points on 37 percent shooting and didn't make a three all year.
West Virginia also brought in Aaric Murray, the 6'10'' big man who averaged 15 points and nearly eight boards a game for La Salle. As a Mountaineer, he averaged less than nine points and six rebounds.
Like the Suns, the Mountaineers were brutal for most of the year, finishing 6-12 in the Big 12 and missing the NCAA tournament.