As Shaq and Steve Nash Age, Phoenix Suns' Future Not Looking Too Bright

Stephan Weir Contributor IAugust 20, 2008

OK, let's face it: Steve Nash and Shaquille O'Neal don't have much more time in the NBA.

Nash is still a somewhat solid player, but is beginning to decline, and Shaq just isn't what he used to be in the paint. As both players near the end of their respective careers in the NBA, Suns fans are starting to wonder who will succeed them, and when.

Phoenix has other solid players in its lineup (Boris Diaw, Leandro Barbosa, Raja Bell, Grant Hill, Amare Stoudemire, DJ Strawberry), but Nash and O'Neal are crucial parts of the Suns' offense, and will be hard to replace when they retire.

It seems GM Steve Kerr and coach Terry Porter's best hope is to get a good spot in the draft.

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