It is all good that the Suns are going to have Hill for next season but is this team good enough to make the playoffs in the competitive Western Conference?
At some crucial points last season, the Suns were battling with the Dallas Mavericks for the eighth and final playoff spot.
Dallas eventually got the sixth playoff spot in front of the New Orleans Hornets and the Utah Jazz while the Suns did not make the playoffs being stuck in ninth place although maintaining a winning record of 46-36.
Playoff contenders in the Western Conference are making significant upgrades so far. The Lakers added Ron Artest, San Antonio got Richard Jefferson, and Dallas will be having Shawn Marion in their lineup for next season.
The Houston Rockets, the only Western Conference team that was in the playoffs last season that is regressing may lose the playoff spot to the Suns with their loss of Yao Ming for the entire 2009-2010 season.
The Rockets also lost Ron Artest to the Lakers but got back Trevor Ariza from LA to minimize the damage. Tracy McGrady , who is currently in the last year of his contract for the Rockets for $21.1 million a year should be playing at a higher level if he is looking for a bigger payday afterwards.
McGrady will also need to stay healthy in order for the Rockets to fight for a playoff spot as well with the team loosing Yao and Artest.
The Suns already traded Shaq to Cleveland for financial reason. They must now fight to keep Amare Stoudemire in order to make the 2009-2010 playoffs.
With the run-and-gun style back in Phoenix coached by Alvin Gentry, somebody will be needed to score a lot of points on the floor. The team cannot expect Steve Nash to score 20-30 points every game if Stoudemire is gone.
Keeping Amare is crucial to the Suns making the playoff push as he is able to provide 25-30 points a game next season as he will be the go-to-guy.
Yes, the Suns should be able to at least make the eighth and final spot of the NBA Playoffs next season possibly because the Rockets are not looking good for next season.
The LA Lakers will most likely be the top seed next season and will be facing the eighth seeded Suns if all things go accordingly. If Grant Hill is to advance past the first round of the Playoffs for the first time in his career, he should be able to get another shot at it.