Phoenix Suns Need Kevin Martin

Mark BrownCorrespondent INovember 30, 2008

The Phoenix Suns still have one huge weakness they need to address before they can be considered legitimate championship contenders.

And no, it's not defense.

The Suns suffer from having too many cold streaks offensively in which they can't get anything going. After watching a disgusting game in which the Miami Heat decimated the Suns, it was clear that when Nash goes off the court, Phoenix is utterly bamboozled as to what they should do.

Even when he is there, the Suns have looked a bit shaky. Shaq is the No. 1 option for the Suns, but he can only dominate in stretches. Amare Stoudemire isn't showing the same passion that he did last year, and his offensive production has dropped considerably. Leandro Barbosa was the only guy who could get his own shot off.

Enter Kevin Martin.

Martin is the efficient scorer Phoenix needs to be successful. He scores a lot but doesn't shoot much; he is a very disciplined player. His range could also free up Nash's drives and Shaq's post play.

Every good team has a player they can throw the ball to and have him score by either making a shot, creating one for an open man, or having him get to the foul line. When the Lakers need points, they turn to Kobe. With the Cavs, it's LeBron. And as we just saw, Miami has Dwyane Wade. Phoenix needs a player who is capable of scoring baskets whenever needed, and Kevin Martin is the perfect guy for it.

It'd be a tough deal to arrange, since the Kings really like Martin and do not want to see him go. However, the Suns need to do whatever it takes to get the guy, or they will never win an NBA championship. They can afford to lose pretty much any player on their roster, because Suns fans everywhere are looking for Phoenix to get rings.

Even if Martin didn't work out, the Suns would be able to retool their roster in the summer of 2010, when Shaq, Amare, Nash, and Raja Bell all will see their contracts expire. Phoenix will have a ton of cap room and will be able to sign one of the coveted superstars of that free agency class.

If the Suns truly want to win, they need to make some sort of change.