Watching the Phoenix Suns Set

The Steve Nash era Phoenix Suns burst onto scene in 2004 going from 29 to 62 wins and sporting a dynamic uptempo style of play that had fans like me watching their games even when it was a blowout.  It’s early, but it seems that this season could mark the end of that run and it’s been a gradual decline that may turn into a freefall.

Last season the Suns declined from 54 wins to 40.  This season they’ve won only one of their four games, but there are ominous signs.  Their offense is out of sync.  Even if they turn it around, they have done little to fortify last season’s 40 win ballclub, which begs the question: what if during the early years of the Nash era, Phoenix had understood the draft.

They did understand it for a while.  From 1996 to 2002, the Suns scouting department drafted magnificently, netting three all stars, Amar’e Stoudemire, Shawn Marion and Nash during that time.  Then came a curious five year period where they were allergic to keeping draft picks.  They drafted and immediately traded the following picks, forward Luol Deng, guard Rajon Rondo, swingman Rudy Fernandez, and center Marcin Gortat (they reacquired Gortat last winter in a trade).  Imagine if they had kept those players, or imagine if they’d kept them long enough for the players to prove their mettle and have trade value.   Instead the Suns kept dumping draft picks and instead used their budget on dubious free agent signings like Josh Childress and Marcus Banks.

If they had, the Suns would have been perennial contenders rather than a team teetering on the brink of a long rebuilding job.  

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About jmartin437

I've worked in and around the world of high end cheese for 27 years. I've been everything from a department manager who hired and fired and trained staffs to a weekend warrior who shows up ties on an apron the middle of a rush and talks to customers and cleans up the place. I enjoy it all, and I especially like my current situation conducting informal seminars about cheese at area bars and in class at the 92nd St. Y. The current schedule is always up at thejoyofcheese.blogspot.com. In addition I conduct private events that are perfect to lead off birthday parties for foodies and sommeliers and also they make great entertainment for corporate team building events and associates meetings at law firms. In addition, I've been a freelance journalist for 27 years. Currently my profiles of leading musicians and filmmakers appear in the Wall Street Journal and www.theroot.com. I also wrote about sports for the Root, and for five loooong years, which included the entirety of the Isiah Thomas Knicks era, I wrote about the NBA for the New York Sun. I enjoyed writing about basketball so much that I now do it here at rotations for free.
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