2014 NBA Offseason: Top 5 Priorities for Phoenix Suns

Top 5 Priorities for the Phoenix Suns

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In one of the most shocking developments over last year’s NBA season, the Phoenix Suns won 48 games. With newly crowned head coach Jeff Hornacek at the helm, the young Suns showed definite promise during their run in the playoff race. In the end, Phoenix missed the playoffs but demonstrated that their youth will be a cornerstone for years to come. By identifying these priorities, the Suns will further assert themselves in the West.

5. Go After a Superstar

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5. Go After a Superstar

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The Suns do not need to land LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony, but it would certainly be a smart attempt. Phoenix has the cap space to sign one of the two, and the Suns’ young core is a potentially stable destination for many years to come. The Suns have tons of potential most other teams do not boast, making Phoenix a sleeper destination for a star.

4. Continue to Develop Youth

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4. Continue to Develop Youth

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The average age of the Suns players last year was just over 26 years. This makes their playoff contention even more surprising. Jeff Hornacek showed an incredible ability to develop his young players, and another offseason with him as head coach could mean big things for the Suns' young core.

3. Acquire a Veteran Presence

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3. Acquire a Veteran Presence

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Because the Suns are so young, it would be smart to acquire at least one veteran presence to be around the young players Phoenix possesses. A veteran with formidable playoff experience could prove to be valuable as the Suns continue to grow and develop into a playoff team in the Western Conference.

2. Re-sign Role Players

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2. Re-sign Role Players

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Re-signing Channing Frye and PJ Tucker, two strong pieces from Phoenix's squad last season, is a must for the Suns. Frye and Tucker are both valuable role players who have the ability to play big minutes for years to come. Frye has a rare combination of size and shooting, and Tucker's high-motor and rebounding skills were easily observable last season.

1. Re-sign Eric Bledsoe

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1. Re-sign Eric Bledsoe

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Re-signing Eric Bledsoe is the biggest priority for the Suns. Although he appeared in only 43 games this season for Phoenix, the Suns had a win percentage over .650 with his services in the lineup. He averaged over 17 points per game and contributed in the assist and rebound categories as well. At only 24 years of age, Bledsoe certainly has more room to improve.

Nicholas Sciria is a San Antonio Spurs writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Nick_Sciria, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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