5 Ways To Improve The Phoenix Suns This Offseason

5 Ways to Make the Phoenix Suns Better This Offseason

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The Phoenix Suns are the NBA’s surprise success story this season. No one saw the Suns having even half the success they have been able to accomplish in a competitive Western Conference this year. Every member of Jeff Hornacek’s team has bought into his team-play philosophy. They are indeed a good young team, but in order to get over the hump, this team must make specific improvements.

5. Acquire A Star Player

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5. Acquire A Star Player

Carmelo Anthony drive
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It is becoming a trend for the best players to team up on the same teams. The only way Phoenix can attract better players to its franchise is to trade, draft or sign a star player. Most likely, the Suns won't have a top-5 draft pick, but they do have young talent and money. If this team can trade for an elite player or sign one this year, the Suns can become a dangerous team.

4. Allow Miles Plumlee To develop

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4. Allow Miles Plumlee To develop

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As a sophomore from Duke, most didn’t expect him to play so tough or so many minutes. Getting traded from Indiana appears to be the best thing for Plumlee in his young career. He is averaging eight points and eight rebounds per game, and is one of the best young big men in the NBA.

3. Play Archie Goodwin

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3. Play Archie Goodwin

Archie Goodwin dribble
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The second year player from Kentucky has the ideal size for a shooting guard. He gives Phoenix a lengthy defender and another athletic guard to play off of Gerald Green and Goran Dragic. His talents would only improve an already impressive guard rotation if he played more.

2. Address Need For Wing Scorer

Aaron Afflalo shooting
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2. Address Need For Wing Scorer

Aaron Afflalo shooting
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The guard play of the Suns is sensational and the big men are promising, but Phoenix needs some production from the 3-man. The team could use a rangy wing-player who could guard the opposing team’s best player, but an elite scorer would fit the team’s personality better.

1. Add A Defensive Anchor

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1. Add A Defensive Anchor

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This is a team built on skillful offense and effort defense. This team would rather outscore you than lock you down in a pressure man-to-man. The best teams in the NBA have at least one elite defender. The Suns are particularly easy to expose in the paint, and would benefit from a low post defensive presence.

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  • SOUTHPHILLY

    I agree 100 percent on developing Plumlee who may be the most athletic big man in the NBA.

  • SOUTHPHILLY

    Totally disagree with your Goodwin assessment. He must first develop a shot and learn the game before he receives any quality minutes. He should have spent more time in the D league before coming back. He was a different player when he came back.