Hedo Turkoglu and the Phoenix Suns would have been a match made in heaven just two or three seasons ago.
He was a good player. He could shoot well, pass well and was reliable. Oh, and of course, he could not play defense. So, in other words, the perfect player for the desert.
Well, things went downhill last season when he played for the Toronto Raptors. To be honest, if I went from playing in the NBA Finals to playing on the bottom-feeder of the NBA, I would be upset too.
However, unlike most players, he didn't try to make the team even better and elevate his game—he sported a little boy attitude, sat in his little corner and cried about his sad situation.
After the season ended, it was clear he would not be playing in Toronto any longer, so he went to the Suns.
Me, and I am sure most (if not all) Phoenix Fans, were busy convincing ourselves that, yes, he would return to his old form, and he would make up for the loss of Amar'e. Then we saw him play.
He was not terrible, but he was not playing like a starter.
He looked more like a role player backing up the true, high-scoring star. Reality check: We were supposed to be looking at the high-scoring star. Ouch.
Well, here we are.
The Suns are sporting a 1-2 record, and Turkoglu does not seem to be helping.
Granted, and this is the only defense I will be providing for him, he hasn't been shooting much, so he cannot score much. Nonetheless, the reason for that is that he looks downright confused on most plays and has no idea where it is going.
Anyway, what do you do when there is a problem? Like I am sure your Algebra teachers told you (if you were paying attention): You find a solution.
What is the solution for the Suns?
Trading him looks pretty, but who would want him, and what would they give back?
The only way the Suns can get rid of him is to throw in some other incentives with him or trading him for a player in a desperate situation.
Even in that case, there is still the problem of taking on Hedo.
The only solution from where I sit is for the Suns to alter their whole lineup.
Yep, that's right. The only way the Suns can replace him is by not replacing him at all (let that sink it).
Put Hedo on the bench or just play him less and rotate guys like Childress and Warrick in more often. He would make the second unit a lot better because his game fits in with the bench. A lot of scoring and a lot of shooting.
The level of the starters is more refined and centers around Steve Nash.
Hedo can't play in that system. With the second unit he could find himself with the ball and he would be able to call plays and do what he did in Orlando, but take that even further and run the offense.
He is a willing passer, if in the right situation and with the right players.
The second unit will also allow him to score more and keep the stat-geek inside him very happy.
So, here is my opinion and what I think the Suns should do.
Thank you for reading, and please leave a comment and tell me what you think the solution to this problem should be.
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