NBA Free Agency 2011: 5 Options to Replace Vince Carter for Phoenix Suns
The Phoenix Suns are widely believed to be leaning towards waiving Vince Carter, and that will happen as soon as the lockout is lifted. That leaves a gaping hole at the shooting guard position and questions as to who will fill that hole.
Could it be in-house player Jared Dudley? Or could it be free agent Nick Young? Most likely it will be a free agent, and that means all options must be considered.
Five free agents seem to jump out as the best choices: Shannon Brown, Nick Young, Jason Richardson, Jamal Crawford and Arron Afflalo. Before a choice is made, weaknesses and strengths of each player must be examined.
Strengths: Superior athlete, high motor, improved three-point shooter.
Weaknesses: Undersized, can be inconsistent, not a true No. 1 scoring option.
Strengths: Above-average shooter, good athlete.
Weaknesses: Needs a lot of touches, not above average at anything other than shooting.
Who will be the starting shooting guard in Phoenix this season?
Strengths: Consistent three-point shooter, plus athlete, has previous knowledge of the system.
Weaknesses: Has wear and tear on his knees, could be headed towards a decline with advancing age.
Strengths: Consistent scoring threat from three-point and mid-range, explosive player.
Weaknesses: Might have issues adjusting to a starting role, not an above-average defender.
Strengths: Very good defender, reliable three-point shooter, good teammate, willing to defer to teammates.
Weaknesses: Not a true No. 1 scoring option.
So who will be the favorite to be targeted by management? The best fits are Young, Afflalo and Richardson, but all will be courted heavily. I expect Young, Afflalo and Brown to be the three major targets by the Suns.
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