5 Ways to Fix the Phoenix Suns During 2014 NBA Offseason

By Kareem Gantt

5 Ways to Fix the Phoenix Suns During 2014 NBA Offseason

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The Phoenix Suns proved to the rest of the basketball world that preseason predictions don't mean squat. The Suns were "predicted" to be one of the worst teams in the NBA this season. Instead of playing the role, the Suns finished only a game behind the Dallas Mavericks in the race for the final playoff berth in the West. So what can the Suns do in the offseason for an encore? Let's find out.

5. Goran Dragic Continues to Play At an All-Star Level

Goran Dragic, Phoenix Suns
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5. Goran Dragic Continues to Play At an All-Star Level

Goran Dragic, Phoenix Suns
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One of the big reasons for the Suns sudden rise was the play of Dragic, who made a name for himself as a player capable of carrying a team on his shoulders. If the Suns expect to remain competitive next season, then Dragic must continue his All-Star play.

4. Markieff Morris Must Show That Last Year Was Not a Fluke

Markieff Morris, Phoenix Suns
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4. Markieff Morris Must Show That Last Year Was Not a Fluke

Markieff Morris, Phoenix Suns
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Morris was a pleasant surprise last season, averaging a career-high in points and rebounds, and was another reason why the Suns were so competitive last season. Morris must continue to get better and show the doubters that last season was not a fluke.

3. Keep Playing Team Baskeball

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3. Keep Playing Team Baskeball

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The Suns' team brand of basketball was a joy to watch last season, and they will only benefit more if the team continues to play their style of basketball. Which leads us too...

2. Keep Buying Into Jeff Hornacek's System

Jeff Hornacek, Phoenix Suns
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2. Keep Buying Into Jeff Hornacek's System

Jeff Hornacek, Phoenix Suns
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Hornacek was a gift from heaven for the Suns, who let his players off the leash and encouraged them to play to their potential. That trust almost got them into the playoffs, so the players must continue to buy what he is selling.

1. Re-Sign Eric Bledsoe

Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns
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1. Re-Sign Eric Bledsoe

Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns
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This is the No. 1 priority for the Suns this offseason. Bledsoe was everything as advertised for Suns this past season, and it would be devastating if Bledsoe would leave town. The Suns must do whatever possible to keep Bledsoe from skipping town.

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