Goran Dragic is currently the leading scorer for the Suns, but his 14.7 points per game is good for just 45th in the NBA.
To be fair, Dragic has been hot recently, and he is having a lot of great scoring nights. The Slovenian point guard averaged 16.1 points per game in March and is now averaging 17.4 points per game in April.
But even with those promising numbers, the Suns still need to find a legitimate primary scoring option who can score at least 20 points per game.
To clarify, there is a difference between a go-to scorer and a franchise player.
A primary scorer may be the one you want to give the ball to in the fourth quarter, but he does not necessarily have a purpose other than making baskets and being reliable in clutch situations.
While any secondary skills are obviously preferable and appreciated, pure scorers who look to shoot are not always the leaders in the locker room, nor are they always considered the face of the franchise.
This offseason, the Suns are not going to be able to find a franchise player, because there don't appear to be any available. However, there are a few great scoring options that Phoenix should look into, at least as a temporary fixture in the roster while the Suns continue to search for a true superstar.
One option here is to look at the draft as a resource. If the draft were today, the Suns would have the fourth overall pick, which could potentially put them in the position to draft a wing such as Ben McLemore, Otto Porter, Victor Oladipo or a combo guard such as Marcus Smart.
This is a fairly weak draft, and there will likely be no future superstars. However, if the Suns are just looking for someone who can score 20-plus points per game at the peak of his career, they may be able to find that guy in this draft with their top-10 pick.
All of the candidates are risky, but every draft selection is always a gamble. Oladipo looks great, but he is more of an athletic defensive specialist than a go-to scorer. Other options, such as McLemore, Porter or Shabazz Muhammad have struggled with inconsistency all season long.
Taking that into account, the Suns may be better suited acquiring a player who is already in the NBA. One option is Eric Gordon, who may be on the trading block (per John Reid of The Times-Picayune) this offseason after a couple of disappointing seasons in New Orleans.
Gordon has struggled with knee issues in the past couple seasons, but he did score 22.3 points per game for the Clippers at the age of 22, and if the great Phoenix medical staff can keep Gordon healthy, he might do wonders in the desert.
Another option is Monta Ellis, who recently stated that he would exercise his early termination option at the end of the season and become a free agent (per Gery Woelfel of The Journal Times.
If that is the case, the Suns could potentially chase after the 27-year-old who has scored over 20 points per game four times in his career.
With either Gordon or Ellis, the Suns would form an extremely explosive and dangerous backcourt pairing with Dragic that the team could attempt to build around.
They aren't the ideal "franchise players," but those don't come around so often, and the Suns will at least need somebody to fill that gap in the meantime.