By Todd Singer @breakingbadfish on July 1, 2014
The Phoenix Suns had three first-round picks in the 2014 Draft, and they used them on a wide variety of players. After selecting T.J. Warren, Tyler Ennis and Bogdan Bogdanovic, the Suns will go into free agency with some cap space to play around with and the first shot at re-signing restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe. Looking to improve upon last year's surprise season, here is Phoenix's current depth chart.
Goran Dragic, last season's Most Improved Player, will once again man the point for the Suns in 2014-15. Dragic is coming off the best season of his career, and was one of the biggest reasons behind Phoenix's surprise showing last year. The newly-drafted Ennis will likely serve as his primary backup, although Smith could see some minutes at the beginning of the season as they try to work Ennis in.
Assuming the Suns re-sign Bledsoe, this is where he'd slot in, even though he's more of a traditional one. That being said, the backcourt of Dragic and Bledsoe caused nightmares for opponents last season, and will likely continue to do so for the near future. In the meantime, another Phoenix surprise, Gerald Green, slots in at the two, backed up by last season's rookies Goodwin and Christmas.
As of right now, it would appear that the first of the Suns' first-rounders, Warren, is penciled in as the starting three. But if Bledsoe re-signs, Green will likely slide over to this spot, moving Warren to the bench. Warren is one of the best scorers in this draft class, and can impose his will on smaller forwards down low or shoot it from the outside. He'll provide the Suns with some much-needed scoring, but they need to find more depth.
As of right now, with Channing Frye a free agent, the Suns are looking at starting one of the Morris twins at the four. Markieff had the better season in 2013-14, and is probably the best bet to take the starting spot if Frye doesn't return or Phoenix doesn't import someone else. Marcus is a solid backup who can hold his own against bigger forwards, while Randolph is mostly another big body and organizational fodder.
Miles Plumlee, acquired last season from Indiana, was a revelation at center in the Suns' smaller lineup. Plumlee was always considered more of a four, but he held his own at the five for Phoenix. One thing the Suns lacked with a smaller center was a true rim protector and as a result, Len, last year's first-rounder, could see some more time this upcoming season. Between Plumlee and Len, Phoenix has this position covered.
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