I am so ready for basketball season.
I was anxious leading up to last season because it was uncertain as to whether or not the Suns' new style would work, but this year I'm just excited.
I'm excited to see the run 'n' gun Suns back in action. Even if we aren't starting the season off as title contenders, I just want to see Nash and Amare back running the offense like they did in the glory years.
I'm getting excited just thinking about it.
You know that Nash will be back this season refreshed and able to run the offense he made great. He has high quality offensive weapons to work with and will be very effective running this Suns team.
Nash's returning cast includes Amare, J-Rich, Grant Hill, Barbosa, Jared Dudley, and Lou Amundson.
Amare will dominate this season because of his expiring contract; there is no doubt in my mind his numbers will soar.
Grant Hill still has another year of brilliance left in him, I think. He did a pretty good Shawn Marion impersonation last year so his play will certainly help us.
J-Rich is J-Rich; he's a high-flyer and can shoot the three. He might need to be able to create his own shots this season and if he can, that would be a huge boost for the Suns.
Barbosa is back to the open-court style that he thrives in so expect him to have a good season.
Dudley's shot has improved in the off-season. You will see him hitting a lot of corner three's this season.
Amundson's offensive game supposedly has improved as well. If he can contribute offensively, he could be seeing a good bit of playing time.
Third-year swing-man Alando Tucker will see more time this season as well. He will finally be able to showcase his skill to put the ball in the hole.
Sophomores Robin Lopez and Goran Dragic will probably not see the floor much, but are improved. We're all hoping Lopez's foot injury heals well.
Suns' rookie Earl Clark will have a decent role in his first season. He is so active defensively, Gentry will be forced to play him.
Another rookie, Taylor Griffin, will likely spend most of this season in the D-League improving his shot and defense.
That said, I predict 50 wins for this Suns team and a playoff series win. This would be a successful season in my mind and I look forward to the season opener so they can get this run started.
Let's go Suns!