2008 NBA Playoff Preview: Phoenix Suns' Starting Five
Point Guard: Steve Nash
PPG: 16.9 APG: 11.1 RPG: 3.5 SPG: .65 BPG: .06
Steve Nash’s on court vision and precise passing makes him one of the best point guards in the NBA. His aforementioned passing skills combined with his ability to shoot in the clutch will make Nash a dangerous weapon in the playoffs.
Shooting Guard: Raja Bell
PPG: 11.9 APG: 2.2 RPG: 3.7 SPG: .72 BPG: .36
While Raja Bell’s offensive contributions are noteworthy in and of itself, it is Bell’s defense that will truly make him a factor in the playoffs. Bell is always given the responsibility of guarding the opposing team’s top shooter, and he was rewarded for his work in this role by being named to the All- NBA Defensive Team last year. In the end, Bell’s defense could be the difference between win and lose.
Small Forward: Grant Hill
PPG: 13.1 APG: 2.9 RPG: 5.0 SPG: .91 BPG: .22
While many questioned Hill’s move to Phoenix during the off season, many would argue with his signing now. Hill has been a viable offensive as well as defensive option for the Sun’s all year, as he has fit into the team’s run and gun style of play formidably.
Power Forward: Amare Stoudemire
PPG: 25.2 APG: 1.5 RPG: 9.10 SPG: 2.06 BPG: .81
Amare Stoudemire has been an absolute monster this year, as he has established himself as one of the greatest offensive big men in the game. Now that he is playing alongside Shaq, Amare will get the looks that he needs to do some serious damage in the playoffs.
Center: Shaquille O’Neal
PPG: 13.6 APG: 1.5 RPG: 9.10 SPG: .52 BPG: 1.44
The acquisition of Shaq was arguably the most scrutinized move this year in sports, as many believed that Shaq would never fit in to the run and gun offense of the Phoenix Suns. So far, he hasn’t. However, it may be for the best. After losing to the Spurs last year, Shaq may just be what the Suns need to hold down the Spurs and their dominant half court game.
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