Last season the Phoenix Suns played well enough to earn a 40-42 record, good for 10th in the West and six games out of the playoff picture.
This season, the Suns, led by head coach Alvin Gentry, appear to be making one last playoff push. They have made no attempt at rebuilding, as they have re-signed 39-year-old small forward Grant Hill and have no intentions of trading Steve Nash.
Although they have kept their main pieces, they have made some moves over the offseason. They declined Vince Carter's huge option and saw Aaron Brooks leave for China during the NBA lockout. They also made some notable additions to the team, such as shooting guard Shannon Brown, point guard Sebastian Telfair and rookie power forward Markieff Morris.
Although none of those players will start, they may certainly have an influence on the performance of the starting five. Some players may start to wear down from age, while others may break out.
The key question to ask: How will each of these players, specifically those in the starting rotation, fare based on the offseason moves and the shortened 66-game season?
The answer can be found 66 regular-season games from now, but for now all we can do is predict each player's performance and watch as the season kicks off a few days from now.
Here are full stat projections for every Phoenix Sun in the starting rotation.