Steve Kerr wants Steve Nash to stay, Shaq is working on losing weight so he can help defend the pick and roll, Alvin Gentry loves Amar’e Stoudemire and says his perfect for the run and gun game.
Will there be any major changes?
Must critics talked about the Suns age, having three players that are over 35, but the fact is that two of the player had their best season in years. I am talking about Grant Hill and Shaquille O’Neal.
Hill was the best player on the Suns roster. He played the best defense on the team and took the money shots when needed.
Shaq was a sure thing inside and dominated on offense. He also improved the free throw percentage which helped a lot. Shaq finished the season with the best field goal percentage. Of course the main problem was his defense.
Steve Nash has not be able to find himself since Shaq joined the Suns. Nash was the leader—the go to guy. Suddenly he had a four time champion on his team and one of the must dominate centers in the history of the game. Nash could not find his way to the hoop. He took less shots and his assist when down.
Of course we can’t just blame Nash. Terry Porters system failed and he did not use Nash the right way. After Gentry took over, we started to see Nash play better and take control the game again. Nash still has game, and there is no doubt that he is still the best playmaker in the game today.
Think about it, if only Shaq and Stoudemire would player tougher defense, get out on the pick and roll, and grab more rebounds, were would we be?
This is the main issue the Suns need to work on—getting the inside to work better on defense. With Stoudemire athletic abilities, he should be a much better rebounder and should be able to help much more on the pick and roll.
Shaq, one of the biggest men to play should be a much better rebounder and shot blocker. Now, Shaq has been around and you're not going to teach this “old dog” new tricks.
Stoudemire is a different thing. He wants to be known as the best of the best, and if he wants that he HAS to work on his defense.
I think the two big guys can work together, but the Suns will have to get some help on defense from the SG and SF.
Like I wrote, Hill had a great season and I would love to see him stay one more year with the team, but the Suns need one more athletic SF to help. A trade that I wouldn’t mind seeing is Jason Richardson or Richard Jefferson. Jefferson is bigger, he can play SG and SF, and he is a better defender and can also create his own shot. This will also help the Suns in the future. Jefferson will be 29 in June, he is 6’7'' and he played college ball in Arizona.
Their averages and age are very much alike, but Jefferson can help more on defense.
If Robert Sarver and Steve Kerr want the Suns to try and take a championship then they maybe don’t need to make any big trades, and if they do, get what you are giving. For example, Stoudemire for Bosh, Stoudemire for Al Green plus or David Lee plus. Trade Shaq for a top defensive center like Ben Wallace or Marcus Camby, Steve Nash for Chris Paul, Mike Bibby…etc
Maybe it will be best not to make big changes and this time. Because last time Kerr made big changes, from being one of the best and must exacting teams in the NBA we became an average team that didn’t even make the playoffs (and all this in one year.)
Think about it. We have the offensive. There is no reason why we can’t have defense too.