I'll tell you one thing. The NBA has no respect for deadlines or drafts as made apparent by the Phoenix Suns trading their entire roster yesterday and turning #SUNSRANK on its ears!
The initial rankings had five young roster hopefuls that had virtually no chance of making the roster, or at least three fifths of them, but now the roster stands at 14 and they can all call Phoenix home. The game is the game so naturally, the rankings move on.
Let's get to it.
No. 20: Shannon Brown (20.0)
Profile: 6-4 210 lbs. Shooting Guard -- Eighth Year Michigan State
Stats: (Pre-Season) In 10.3 MPG 3.0 PPG 1.3 APG 1.3 RPG 37.5% FG 33.3% 3PT (2-6)
Interesting Fact: Appeared in Nelly's "Just a Dream" music video... At the 3:15 mark, Brown has a drive-by moment.
Profile: Many people want to #letShannonfly but I'm not one of them. I just don't like dribble tantrums, and Brown can't help himself. His dribbles always end up in a contested shot for himself instead of a pass to a teammate in scoring position after he draws the defense's attention. I like Shannon personally, and he definitely got screwed last season, but I just really wish he'd go somewhere else to play basketball. He can be a key reserve on a good team, but suffers from overexposure on a struggling team. If it's a question of Shannon Brown or Archie Goodwin, I'd say Goodwin every day of the week and twice on Sundays. - Dave King
Important Question: Can Shannon catch-and-shoot without dribble tantrums first?
(Editors Note: Brown was traded to the Washington Wizards and waived on 10/25)
No. 19: Gerald Green (19.0)
Profile: 6-8 210 lbs. Small Forward -- Seventh Year High School
Stats: (Pre-Season) in 12.4 MPG 2.8 PPG 2.5 APG 1.8 RPG (0 total steals) 27.8% FG 20.0% 3PT (1-5)
Interesting Fact: He will forever be know as the last ever first round pick that jumped from high school directly to the NBA...
Analysis: Tasked with giving my thoughts on Gerald, my first thought was that I didn't have any. Upon deeper reflection I decided that I hope Green is basically irrelevant, which is very probable, because if he plays a significant role that will mean he's producing and if he's producing he's helping the Suns win games... which is bad. Green turns 28 halfway through the season and is a six year NBA veteran who also spent two years in Russia - every NBA player's dream destination. He started more games in 2006-07 (26) then he did in his other five combined (24). The two players he is most similar to through his career to date are Darvin Ham and Cliff Meely. The best case scenario is that Green rattles a few rims with electrifying dunks in the brief intervals he isn't affixed to the bench. - Jim Coughenour
Important Question: Does Green become the new Shannon Brown? #letGreenFLY
No. 18: Miles Plumlee (16.0)
Profile: 6-11 255 lbs. Center -- Second Year Duke
Stats: (Pre-Season) In 18.6 MPG 6.4 PPG 4.6 RPG 1.14 BPG 51.4% FG
Interesting Fact: Do you think you have a family trade? Miles' father, mother, both brothers, grandfather, and two uncles played basketball at the college level, minimum.
Analysis: I ranked Plumlee lower than all of my esteemed colleagues. There is no doubting Plumlee's athleticism and motor; however, I have never been impressed with his basketball ability, even back in his college days at Duke. I was one of the many laughing at Indiana when they drafted him with their first round pick, and I was proven right at least in the first year as Plumlee coudn't even get on the floor for the Pacers. I see Plumlee as a fringe NBA player; a Lou Amundson type that can be effective at times but overall really doesn't have much of an effect on a team. He'll make the team and get some minutes, but I don't think he has a long-term future in the Valley of the Sun. - Jacob Padilla
Important Question: How long will this older brother last with the Suns?
No. 17: Kendall Marshall (15.0)
Profile: 6-4 195 lbs. Point Guard -- Second Year North Carolina
Stats: (Pre-Season) In 10.4 MPG 3.0 PPG 2.0 APG 46.2% FG 42.9% 3PT (3-7)
Interesting Fact: Kendall has already found another job! Don't believe me?
Analysis: So I get to cheat as I am writing this after the trade, but in these rankings I was higher on Marshall than the rest of the staff, but not by much. He has been the most talked about Sun since 2012, not always in a positive way, and is now free to find a situation that better suits his skill-set. If the Suns were to have kept Marshall he would be the third point guard at best, without him, the dynamic does not change. He was not going to move the needle regardless. Now the Suns are down to three Team Options for their rookie scale players. On the most recent podcast both Jim and I predicted Marshall would be on the outs this year, not get his option picked up, and have a new team before the trade deadline. All of which happened 24hrs after the podcast aired.
Important Question: Over/Under 0.5 total NBA minutes played for Marshall this year?
(Editors Note: Brown was traded to the Washington Wizards and waived on 10/25)
No. 16: Markieff Morris (14.0)
Profile: 6-10 245 lbs. Power Forward -- Third Year Kansas
Stats: (Pre-Season) In 20.7 MPG 8.9 PPG 5.1 RPG 49.1% FG 66.7% 3PT (2-3)
Interesting Fact: Markieff was born seven minutes before his twin brother and draft about that many minutes before his "little" brother. Big brother problems.
Analysis: I've been fairly critical of Kieff for the past few years...but it's mostly because of what I believe he could turn into if he just set his mind to it. Keiff was drafted to be an enforcer of sorts, a hard-nosed defender as well as a rebounder and an inside scoring threat. Kieff possesses all of the qualities to be just that, but somehow modeled himself more after Channing Frye. But unlike Channing, Kieff doesn't possess the natural three-point shooting ability, which hampers his efficiency on the court. At times we see flashes of what he can bring, like his 12 point, 10 rebound performance against the Nuggets in the final preseason game. If he could find his true identity as a big man and play like that consistently, he could be a part of the future with this organization. - Sean Sullivan
Important Question: Can Markieff maintain the discipline and efficiency he showed in the pre-season from three-point range?
Come back tomorrow for 15-11 in the #SUNSRANK series and follow along on Twitter!
Write-In Ballot: Sports Media (Sean)
Profile: Arizona Sports 620, The Arizona Republic, and other outlets will try to keep the fan-base happy, engaged, and excited through 82 rough games.
Stats: Millions of words written to say the same thing, in a different way, but not really.
Interesting Fact: There has been more turnover on the Suns roster than in the Al McCoy Media Room. Phoenix, where loyalty gets you 20-25 wins!
Analysis: Guys like Paul Coro and our outstanding staff here at Bright Side of the Sun will continue to be an important part of the Suns this season as they cover the team and help spread the latest news about the inner workings of the organization, as well as analyze the various moves or changes that will inevitably take place along the way. This coverage helps forge a connection between the team and the fans, by keeping the very people who support the team interested and invested in them.
Important Question: Two Parter: Does Coro get his suits at the same place as Jeff Hornacek? And, is that a good thing for Coro or an insult to Coach?
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- Phoenix Suns Trade Analysis: Both eyes on the future with four potential first round picks in the vaunted 2014 NBA Draft
- SUNS RANK: 25-21 featuring five new players battling it out for two roster spots, the least important of the important
- Phoenix Suns negotiations with Eric Bledsoe should still be tempered with patience, laced with incentives