The Phoenix Suns have agreed to part ways with former coach Alvin Gentry and are now turning to a player who is just two seasons removed from playing for the Chicago Bulls. Obviously, the Suns are hoping that Hunter can relate better to the younger players as he is only 42 years of age. I believe this transition is a good one for a team that has been amongst the NBA‘s worst all season.
Now, 13-28 the Suns will have the rest of 2013 to see what exactly Hunter brings to a team with plenty of youth and a shortage of talent. Hunter knows a lot about chemistry as he was a point guard for the always cohesive Detroit Pistons from 1993-2000. He has some point guard prowess on this team as Goran Dragic leads the team with 14.0 PPG and leads the team in assists with 6.1 APG.
Hunter’s biggest project will definitely be rookie Kendall Marshall who has disappointed in his first NBA season. Marshall was expected to excel but the 13th overall pick in the 2012 draft is playing just 4.7 minutes a night. Suns management doesn’t want to admit failure after just one season but Marshall has shown so little promise in only 11 games it’s discouraging.
It will be along time before the Suns are again competitive in the NBA however, the move to Hunter shows the club is willing to adapt and do unprecedented things. Whether or not this strategy will work remains to be seen but, in the Suns situation it’s worth a shot.