The 2013-14 NBA season is quickly coming upon us, and the Phoenix Suns' first preseason game is less than two weeks away. However, if you consider yourself a die-hard fan and yet can't still name all of the players on the Suns right now, don't feel too bad...you're far from alone. In fact, I also had to cheat by looking at an official roster while writing this piece.
After a whirlwind of activity over the past few months by Ryan McDonough and company, and rightly so, it's difficult to remember all of the additions and subtractions.
Although the Suns' roster is certain to change again before the start of the regular season begins, let's take a look at the current Phoenix Suns roster as they get set to begin training camp...as it stands for the time being, at least:
Outgoing: Jared Dudley, Diante Garrett
Eric Bledsoe, PG/SG
Shannon Brown, SG
Dionte Christmas, PG/SG
Goran Dragic, PG
Archie Goodwin, SG
Malcolm Lee, SG
Kendall Marshall, PG
Ish Smith, PG
You read that right. That's eight...count them...eight guards currently on the roster. This group isn't just likely to change again before the season officially begins, it's guaranteed to.
Channing Frye, PF/C
Gerald Green, SF
Marcus Morris, SF
Markieff Morris, PF
Alex Oriakhi, PF
Miles Plumlee, PF
P.J. Tucker, SF
Like the guards, you should expect to see some more change to this group before the actual season begins.
Incoming: Viacheslav Kravtsov, Alex Len
Outgoing: Hamid Haddadi, Jermaine O'Neal
While this is the Suns' position of least depth, the return of Channing Frye still gives the Suns additional flexibility at this position. They could choose to hold onto Kravtsov as a cheap third option and trade Gortat before the trade deadline, or it's possible that Kravtsov doesn't make it past training camp...time will tell.
The sum total of all the moves the Suns' organization made over the off-season has left us with this group of mostly fresh faces. If you were keeping a tally, that's only seven (eight if you count Frye) players of the 18 total who are currently listed on the Suns roster who played for Phoenix last season.
While this roster is certain to see more movement before the start of the regular season (if nothing else, cutting at least three players to get to the maximum allowable of 15), this should hopefully give you a good idea of who you need to be rooting for, starting on Oct. 7th.