Rockets.com put together this retrospective on the rise of Goran Dragic from 2008 to 2012. I have to tell you that whoever edited this video did an awesome job. My blood was pumping the entire time.

As our old buddy Seth puts it: Killing it!



No longer a Sun, Steve Nash may still play a big part in the Suns advancing against his new team.


Last week, the first round of the SB Nation 3-on-3 Tournament came to a close and eight teams, including the trio from your Phoenix Suns, advanced. Now it's time for round two.

Check out the mothership for a brief recap, the updated bracket and a preview of round two. Also, remember to follow along with the tournament on the NBA 3on3 StoryStream.

The Suns were the only squad to pull off a true upset in the first round when the team knocked off the Denver Nuggets on the strength of their (pick-and) roll. However, the second round has proven to be a completely different beast as we've already had two big upsets on the first day.

Jump it to see who got knocked out and for a preview of the Suns' second round match-up.

The first match-up of the second round in the Eastern Conference was the 1-9 game between the Chicago Bulls and the Eastern Leftovers. The judges made the Bulls nearly a 4-to-1 favorite to win the series. Likewise in the West, the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs were judged to have the upper-hand against the Western Leftovers, although they were only 2-to-1 favorites to advance. However, both underdogs beat the odds and came out with victories.

Today we have two more great match-ups as the Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks face off in the East, while the Los Angeles Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves do battle in the West. Check the StoryStream for the results.

On Wednesday, it will be our turn as the Suns march forward with their sling and their stone to challenge the Goliath that is the Los Angeles Lakers 3-on-3 team.

The Suns are represented by Goran Dragic, Jared Dudley and Marcin Gortat. The Lakers counter with Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard. This doesn't seem fair. However, that's not going to discourage me from telling you the Suns can win this series.

Unlike in the first round series against the Nuggets who featured an all-wing lineup, this one is pretty straightforward and the match-ups are obvious. The Lakers have the edge in talent, but there are weaknesses the Suns can exploit.

We are all familiar with Steve Nash and what he does offensively. His shooting ability and a pick-and-roll partner like Dwight Howard should make him nearly unguardable in this format. However, we also are just as familiar with his defensive shortcomings, and in 3-on-3 play straight-up man-to-man defense is even more important than in 5-on-5 as it is more difficult to send help. Dragic is a little bigger, more athletic and has a more attacking mentality than Nash does, and this is a match-up that favors the Suns.

Dwight Howard is a monster. He's a handful in the post and even more dangerous rolling to the basket. Gortat has excellent mobility but is a tad slender as far as centers go, and he would likely struggle against the brute strength of Howard. However, this isn't necessarily a slam dunk for the Lakers. For one, in 2010-2011 Gortat fared pretty well against Howard (I'm using 2010-11 instead of last season because they only played 26 minutes against each other in 2011-12, compared to 64 minutes in 2010-11). According to NBA.com, Gortat held Howard to 15-34 shooting -- including 8-18 around the rim -- while shooting 7-11 himself. So maybe it's not such a huge mismatch after all. Also, according to the rules players cannot foul out. That means Gortat and company can hack Howard all day long and force him to prove he can hit his free throws, something he has yet to do in his career.

Finally, we have Kobe versus Jared Dudley. Kobe's game is made for 3-on-3. Less players to share the ball with, much more space to operate, Kobe's mid-range, off-the-dribble and post-game would be very difficult for Dudley to defend straight up. However, Kobe is very aware of this, and we all know he has a massive ego and hates the Suns with a burning passion. There's a very good chance he completely ignores his very talented teammates and tries to win the game himself. Especially when he sees Howard go to the line over and over again and miss free throw after free throw. As good as he is, I'll take Kobe going 1-on-3 against a Suns team working as a team. If need be, Dudley could always channel his inner Raja Bell.

Offensively, the Suns would run plenty of Dragic isolations and pick-and-rolls, involving Nash as much as possible. If Dragic torches Nash early, the Lakers may have to send help, in which case whoever they help off of will get some wide open looks.

My prediction: Suns pull off one of the biggest upsets in 3-on-3 history and knock off the Lakers in three games.

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It's the offseason, and things are incredibly boring in the NBA world.

As I read all about the Suns having informal workouts and pick up games, I got to thinking what it would be like if members had a BSOTS pickup game. Obviously we all live in different parts of the world and so the real thing would never be impossible.

It's the offseason, and things are incredibly boring in the NBA world.

As I read all about the Suns having informal workouts and pick up games, I got to thinking what it would be like if members had a BSOTS pickup game. Obviously we all live in different parts of the world and so the real thing would never be impossible.

I wonder how you BSOTS fare on the basketball court? What sort of basketball experience do you have? What position do you play? Have you ever hit the buzzer beating 3 pointer in a rec league final?

I hope this fan post can generate a bit of fun conversation, and maybe one day we will actually have our pick up game!

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I myself am only 16, and have been playing basketball for 3 years. I play for my high school here in Auckland, New Zealand. Last year we were the champions of our province (there are 12 provinces in New Zealand). I play power forward and center, though I am only 190cm (about 6'2-6'3). I am a good shooter from anywhere on the court, and I have a pretty good post game (however, my lack of size and the fact that I am rather skinny can limit me). My biggest strength is passing, particularly from the post. My biggest weakness is that I am smaller and weaker than most of the people I guard, and I don't have the foot speed to guard quicker guards and forwards (though I do guard the slower ones well).

That's me! I'd love to hear from the rest of my BSOTSers!


Editor’s Note: TrueHoop Network contributor Brett Koremenos is a guest writer for ValleyoftheSuns. Follow him on Twitter @BKoremenos. As Phoenix moves forward in the post-Steve Nash era, there...

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Just about everyone on the Suns is hitting the practice floor on a daily basis now, with only two weeks until training camps open and three weeks until the first preseason game.

This long summer of the unknown is about to come to an end!

Michael Beasley and Luis Scola arrived last week to join the rest of the Suns crew already working out together. The only Suns players not already on hand are Marcin Gortat (who less than 2 weeks ago finished an 8-game sked to qualify for Eurobasket 2013 in Slovenia) and 17-year veteran Jermaine O'Neal, he of the one-year minimum contract.

This is the weekly open thread to talk anything Suns.

Will the Suns sign another player or two for look-sees at training camp? A couple of summer league guys are coming, but sometimes the team signs a veteran still looking for work, just to see if he fits into the rotation in any way.

Will we start hearing more and more about who looks good at the pickup games at the Suns arena? Workouts are closed to media for the second year in a row, so we're relegated to third-hand info and occasional suns.com videos. But hey, that's better than nothing!

Is a 5-day training camp enough time to install the offense and defense for what looks like five new regular rotation players? Who knows, but that sure seems short.

Let's get to it!

Just about everyone on the Suns is hitting the practice floor on a daily basis now, with only two weeks until training camps open and three weeks until the first preseason game.

This long summer of the unknown is about to come to an end!

Michael Beasley and Luis Scola arrived last week to join the rest of the Suns crew already working out together. The only Suns players not already on hand are Marcin Gortat (who less than 2 weeks ago finished an 8-game sked to qualify for Eurobasket 2013 in Slovenia) and 17-year veteran Jermaine O'Neal, he of the one-year minimum contract.

This is the weekly open thread to talk anything Suns.

Will the Suns sign another player or two for look-sees at training camp? A couple of summer league guys are coming, but sometimes the team signs a veteran still looking for work, just to see if he fits into the rotation in any way.

Will we start hearing more and more about who looks good at the pickup games at the Suns arena? Workouts are closed to media for the second year in a row, so we're relegated to third-hand info and occasional suns.com videos. But hey, that's better than nothing!

Is a 5-day training camp enough time to install the offense and defense for what looks like five new regular rotation players? Who knows, but that sure seems short.

Let's get to it!


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