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Randy Hill, Fox Sports Arizona's fantastic Suns beat writer, has provided us some very important details about the new wrinkles to Alvin Gentry's system. As we all know, Steve Nash basketball has been pick and roll basketball. With inarguably the best pick and roll point guard ever to lick his fingers now in L.A. threading balls to other ballers, it's time for a change in Phoenix.

In comes the Corner offense which Hill, who is also a basketball coach and player development pro, describes this way:

New-look Suns have Dragic in their corner
The base system is known as the "Corner" offense, and – although Adelman once had former Princeton coach Pete Carril on his coaching staff in Sacramento – the structure is not as close to the Princeton offense as many have assumed. With more high-post action, the Corner has some similarities to the Triangle.

These changes aren't totally out of the blue even if they do make perfect sense with the addition of four recent Adelman players (Dragic, Scola, Beasley, Johnson).

Over the past few years we've seen Gentry slowly introduce more motion sets to the Suns. He used these at times to give Nash a break and certainly with the second unit. Then in Vegas I noticed Markieff Morris operating more out of the high post although that was often in isolation where he could face up and use his "Amare lite" combination of dribble drive / jump shooting to score points. (Yes, I went to the "Amare lite" place.) I recall him having some nice dishes from there as well.

Of course, Morris even at this point in his career, and certainly Luis Scola, are far better passers and decision-makers than Amare. With both those guys in the high post, defenses face a true triple threat (pass, shoot, drive).

With that kind of talent at the four, and Dragic's ability to run off screens and create havoc (a bit like a Rajon Rondo), this system makes more and more sense. Mix in Michael Beasley's ability to to also work off screens and Jared Dudley or Wesley Johnson providing floor spacing and an outlet against defensive rotations and you can see how this might all work very nicely. Even Shannon Brown is a good fit for this system and has experience with the triangle in L.A.

Here's a cool video montage I found with Corner offense plays from the Rockets.



Use this thread to post any Suns or NBA content/links/whatever that you want to discuss.

The floor is open!

Some links to get you started:

The TrueHoop-related blog:

Marcin Gortat wants to prove he's more than a Steve Nash creation | Valley of the Suns | Michael Schwartz

"I believe I'm an experienced player already. I've been in the league a few years by now, and I have other point guards. I have Goran Dragic and Kendall Marshall. I have great passers. I'm quite sure I'll be fine."

One from a newish blog related to si.com:

Elston Turner's Impact | Sun-n-Gun

Ranking 21st in points allowed isn't impressive or even respectable by any means but compared to the points the Suns defense have been giving up the past few seasons it's definitely a great improvement.

And finally from the venerable Paul Coro:

More insight on Wes Johnson | azcentral.com | Paul Coro

At some point, Wes Johnson's shooting will cease being a surprise.

He shot 41 percent from 3-point range after last season's All-Star break, averaged 20.5 points during NBA Summer League and has carried over a torrid finish to training camp by making five 3-pointers in the Suns' first two preseason games.

And as always, check the whole front page of BSotS. There's a ton of new articles every day or so. Make sure you click into and read them all. Sean, Jacob, Jim, Blane and I (and Seth, even!) are excited about the season, and we want to be your one-stop-shop for Suns coverage. The great thing about the new 'cover' style is that we can promote many stories at once.

Get clickin!


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The Suns issued a press release announcing their annual open practice for the public. This year, the team will collect donations of gently used Halloween costumes, benefitting New Pathways for Youth (formerly known as Phoenix Youth at Risk).

"In honor of the Suns home opener on Halloween night," the release states, as relayed by the East Valley Tribune this morning. "The team is encouraging fans to donate new or gently-used Halloween costumes, benefiting the children at New Pathways for Youth, formally known as Phoenix Youth at Risk. Fans who donate will be entered into a raffle to win autographed Suns items."

Festivities begin at 10:00am with entertainment from the Suns Gorilla, Dancers, Verve Sol Patrol and Solar Squad. A live scrimmage will begin at 11:30am. After the scrimmage, many of the Suns will stay on the court to meet fans.


PHOENIX — Enough scorers have enjoyed career seasons next to Steve Nash to question whether Marcin Gortat will be the same offensive player without him around. Every Sun figures to take some...

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It's no secret that with the limited roster space available, the Phoenix Suns are likely looking to add another big man first and foremost. With Channing Frye out for at least this season, the Suns are down one versatile big who could not only stretch the floor on offense and help rebound on defense, but also play both the power forward and center positions as well.

In order to help fill this void, the Suns are trying out three big men; Ike Diogu, Solomon Jones and Luke Zeller. While the odds-on favorite, Ike Diogu, has already been covered in a previous article, it's time we looked a little more closely at the other two roster hopefuls who may have a better shot at making the team than most realize.

Solomon Jones:

Solomon Jones is a 28-year-old, 6-foot-10, 230 pound PF/C who has spent the last six years playing with four different teams. Originally drafted in 2006 with the 3rd pick in the 2nd round by the Atlanta Hawks, Jones has yet to find a true home in the NBA.

Let's take a look at his stats over his career thus far:

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As you can see, Solomon Jones fits the definition of a journeyman, and has been relegated to mostly back-up minutes no matter where he played. His numbers have been consistently average as a reserve player in limited minutes, so what you see is what you get. Jones' career high in points is 14 which he has notched twice, and his career high in rebounds is 10 which he has reached three times.

Jones actually had his most productive season thus far in New Orleans last year, where he averaged more minutes and more points than ever before. Even with his increased minutes, he was also more effective as well, averaging his highest Per 36 point total of 11.3, and a respectable 7.5 rebounds in those hypothetical minutes as well.

Jones' biggest strengths are his length (7-foot-4 wingspan), his free-throw shooting (over 80% his last three seasons), and his quick-leaping ability allowing him to beat his man to the ball. Jones also has a fairly reliable mid-range shot and a nice, high release on his shot which allows him to shoot over his opponents. Jones's biggest weakness is his size. He's too small to match-up against most centers, and too slow to guard more quick and agile power forwards. Jones has put on some weight since entering the league and he certainly has the length to match up well against opposing big men in the low post, but he still doesn't have the strength to hold his position or back his man down, nor the skill or footwork to help him offensively.

Luke Zeller:

Luke Zeller is a 25-year-old, 6-foot-11, 245 pound center who can stretch the floor. Zeller is the brother of Kendall Marshall's college teammate and first-round draft pick Tyler Zeller. No, not the younger brother who was also a top freshman prospect for Indiana last season, that's Cody. Luke Zeller is actually the oldest of the three brothers and the one you've probably never heard of before (unless you're a big-time college basketball fan). Despite his relative anonymity, Luke Zeller played four years at the University of Notre Dame from 2005-2009 before spending the past two seasons in the D-League.

Here are his stats over the past two seasons:

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Although Zeller shares the same last name as his two younger brothers, he shares very few similarities beyond that. Luke is primarily a jump-shooter who struggles to score, defend and rebound in the post. However, if there is any team in the NBA who he could possibly succeed with, it's probably the Suns. Zeller shot the ball at 41% from the field and 36% from three over his past two seasons on the D-League. With the absence of Channing Frye, Zeller could provide valuable depth and could help the Suns stretch the defense on a reserve basis.

Luke Zeller had a noticeable start to his NBA preseason try-out with the Suns in his first live action against the Portland Trailblazers. Zeller tallied 5 points on 2-5 shooting, 2 assists, and 1 rebound in his 11:52 appearance ... and showed his ability to score from deep going 1-1 from beyond the arc. Time will tell if Zeller will continue to show that he can be productive in limited minutes, but he will also have to prove that he is not a liability on defense as well.

Bottom Line:

Both Solomon Jones and Luke Zeller certainly have his work cut out for them to be able to make the final roster ahead of Ike Diogu, who has shown himself to be a more well-rounded player and also has a higher ceiling than either of these two. The advantage that both Jones and Zeller have is that the Suns are more likely than before to keep more than the minimum 13 players this season because of their new-look roster, and their need for more depth after the loss of Channing Frye.

Still, while there's a chance the Suns may end up keeping two additional big men, it's very unlikely they decide to keep all three. Ultimately, it will come down to how well they play in preseason, and which player can fill the biggest need..


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