By Tyler on April 21, 2014
The Phoenix Suns narrowly missed the NBA Playoffs after finishing the season with a 48-34 record in the Western Conference, good for ninth place. Still, few would regard the season as a failure considering the Suns were expected to rank amongst the worst teams in the NBA this year. In order to fulfill their potential, Phoenix will first have to answer these five questions.
Phoenix possess three picks ranging from 14-27 in the 2014 NBA Draft, but general consensus is that the team does not want to bring three rookies to training camp. This leaves open the option of trading up in the draft, packaging the picks for a superstar or even selecting European players who could wait a year or two before coming to the NBA. My guess would be that the Suns package at least two of the picks for a borderline star.
During a season of pleasant surprises, Emeka Okafor was a rare exception as the big man didn't play a single game because of neck surgery. Still, at 31 years old and being a great defender, he does still hold value. If he were willing to take on a one-year contract with limited guaranteed money, Phoenix would be wise to sign Okafor.
Eric Bledsoe had a first great season in Phoenix, averaging 17.7 points, 5.5 assists, 4.7 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 32.9 minutes per game. Still, Bledsoe will be a restricted free agent during the offseason, and there is little doubting that a team will come around with a max offer sheet. The Suns will have to decide if they are willing to match that offer, but it would seem foolish for them not to.
There are heavy rumors in Phoenix that the team is going to at least test the waters with every big free agent available, and they would likely become a top contender if they get one. The most realistic acquisition is Carmelo Anthony, as the Suns have a hole at small forward and they already came close to acquiring the star during the season. It will be up to Anthony to decide if he wants to live in Phoenix.
Phoenix surprised the entire basketball world this year, but it is hard to imagine the likes of Gerald Green, Markieff Morris, Channing Frye and P.J. Tucker can all continue to be as good as they were this year. It will be up to management to choose the right pieces to bring back in order to succeed in 2014-15.
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