Lack of Outside Shooting Will Be One of Many Problems for Phoenix Suns
The Phoenix Suns aren’t really in the business of being good in the upcoming 2013-2014 NBA season. With new general manager Ryan McDonough now in place in their front office, the organization’s primary interest heading into this season is trying to move assets, develop young players and free up cap-space by clearing out poor contracts that were handed out by the previous regime.
As the Suns go into this season, they do have a bit of new life, though, with the arrival of Eric Bledsoe via one of the bigger trades of the off-season. Though Bledsoe has never consistently been a featured guard for a team in his young career, there are quite a few people that believe he can be the start of turning things around in Phoenix.
You have to like Bledsoe’s talent and athleticism from such a young player in this league. However, one of the weaker aspects of his game is his outside shooting ability. He shot 39.7 percent from three last season, but considering that he didn’t crack 30 percent in his previous two seasons, that feels like an anomaly more than a trend. Poor outside shooting is a trend, though, for this Suns team.
Jared Dudley was their best three-point shooter last season, but he’s now with the Los Angeles Clippers after the Bledsoe trade. After that, their best returning three-point shooters are Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris. There’s also the returning Channing Frye that factors into the equation as a stretch four.
If a team’s three best shooters from long-range are all power forwards, that seems like something that could be a problem. The Suns are full of guards that simply aren’t great shooters from long-range, or at least aren’t consistently good outside shooters, which is going to be an issue for them in the upcoming season.
If we’re being honest here, the Suns are team heading into this season with a plethora of problems that they are likely to face. However, their lack of outside shooting is one of the most glaring issues on this team. The value of the utilizing three-point shooting offensively has been proven over the past couple of seasons, but it’s something that the Suns clearly aren’t going to be able to take advantage of this year.