It’s no secret that the Phoenix Suns needed a change after the 2012-2013 NBA season that they just endured. They finished the year with a 25-57 record, the worst record in the Western Conference this season. They also watched as Marcin Gortat, a player who they banked on submitting a big season, regress in almost every aspect of his game. This was also a team that was poorly constructed with little chemistry and no scheme in mind.
Subsequently, it wasn’t the greatest of surprises when the Suns announced that Lance Blanks had been relieved of his duties as the general manager of this team. Simply put, this was a team that made a slew of questionable moves with the team’s personnel, most notably signing Michael Beasley to a three-year, $18 million contract. Blanks spearheaded most of those moves and thus had to take some of the blame.
Now as the Suns move forward trying to rebuild a team that is seemingly in shambles at this point, they need to start by filling the new vacancy at general manager. Though no names immediately come to mind, it would make sense to look at a young face in the pool of executives as they are re-working their franchise. It would also probably be in their best interest to look at someone active in the community of advanced statistics as they could maximize value out of players for a team that will be working on a limited budget.
All in all, the Suns have a massive rebuilding project lying on the horizon and it’s going to take time to get everything back in order. Blanks built a team that was essentially destined to fail from the get-go, despite having talented players on the roster. Whoever they bring in needs to focus on building a team that meshes well together rather than one with talented players with names that look good on paper.