This shouldn't be a surprise to any Suns' fan after seeing what they did last season. The Suns bench was possibly the best last season. They allowed the starters to get rest and keep the games close, and even won games on their own.
The best thing about their bench is how it only got better during the off-season.
Although Lou Amundson was a fan favorite and hustled like few players do, he rarely saw a lot of minutes due to his terrible offensive game. Plain and simple, he was a liability the team had to move on without. Hakim Warrick is not filling in the shoes of Amar'e. He's filling in the shoes of Lou.
The team will look to him to hustle harder than anyone else, defend, rebound, and, unlike Lou, he will be looked to provide as much offensive help as possible. Definitely an upgrade over Lou.
The other change was replacing Leandro Barbosa with Josh Childress. Just like Lou, Barbosa was a fan favorite who will be missed by many fans. The facts he was unable to stay healthy last season, couldn't defend, and was inconsistent made it easier for the organization to move on without him.
Childress will bring what "The Blur" did, but more. He can defend the perimeter well, rebound great for his size, play both shooting guard and small forward, shoot the three, has playoff and international experience, has a finesse to his game, and is very competitive. The guy can do just about everything, he just isn't as fast. But, more often than not, that speed hurt Barbosa as he was too fast for himself.
Second-round draft pick Gani Lawal also has a chance to prove himself on this already deep bench. His ability to score in the low-post and rebound will find him minutes, it wont be many, but enough to solidify a role in the 2011-12 season. He is definitely a great asset to have on the team that might rely on this bench to start in the future.
Add those three players with already productive Goran Dragić, Channing Frye and Jared Dudley and you have a very deadly bench. These guys could even start for the Timberwolves. Most teams can't say that about their bench.
Expect the Suns to sign another center to ensure they are set at each position if injuries occur . With Matt Janning signing today, the team filled the need for a back-up to Dragić.