In the past few years, the Phoenix Suns were the No. 1 contenders. It has been hard to see what has become of the Suns team. We keep on having hopes that it will all work out, but then we get blown out again by a team we should beat (Charlotte Bobcats defeated the Suns by 26).
We have not herd a word from Steve Kerr or Robert Sarver about this season and the upcoming season.
The plan was to keep this team for a few years and hope it will work out. Well, it’s not working out and most likely won’t.
The problem is that we are still missing power in the middle; we are still missing a player that can make the difference when needed.
Steve Nash is playing like an MVP again, Channing Frye's shooting has opened defenses around the league, this is helping Amar’e Stoudemire control the middles (on offensive only), and the Suns' bench is playing good, hitting their shoots and playing better defensive than the starters.
Robin Lopez played 30 minutes in Atlanta against the Hawks. He grabbed six rebounds and had six blocks, so we know when he's not in foul trouble he can play, Jared Dudley is playing great, bringing a lot of energy to the court, Dudley is the best shooter in the league from downtown and a very good defender. Lou Amundson has also be bring a lot of energy from the bench and is playing great defense and has improved his inside shot.
All is good, so what’s going wrong? Guards! The problem is guards (need better D inside too, I know).
Leandro Barbosa has been injured most of the season at has not found his shot yet. Also, the problem with Barbosa is that he's always looking for the basket and never looking for the pass, and with a team that has so many shooters, all players need to look for the pass as well as the basket.
Also Jason Richardson, Jason has improved since last year but it is still not enough, he hasn’t been able to take it one on one, so the bottom line is he is just like Raja Bell with out the defense.
Grant Hill is playing the same as last year, good defense, sold offense, but it is not enough.
The Suns need more power in the guard position, someone that can take any player one on one, and can play tough defense and take responsibility also on the defensive end.
A trade needs to be done. Richardson and Barbosa will be a good package for lots of teams. For instance:
There are many more. Let's just hope the Steve Kerr and Robert Sarver see this, too. If not, we are looking at a decade of “ok” basketball with no hopes for a championship.