Aside from having a totally awesome name, Othyus Jeffers is what you might call in baseball a "Four-A" player. He's better at basketball than the vast majority of the known universe, but not good enough to stick on an NBA roster (so far).

Jeffers will likely continue to seek out opportunities in the NBA if there's a team with depth needs at the wing due to injury, or perhaps will go back to Europe for the money. Or, he could return to the D-league to bide his time for an NBA job. Jeffers has three years with the Iowa Energy under his belt.


Jeffers Released: With that being said, the Suns decided that they were deep enough on the wing, deciding to release Shooting guard Othyus Jeffers after practice Monday. Jeffers scored a bucket and dished out an assist in five minutes of preseason action.

By all accounts, Jeffers is a solid dude and real pro. Unfortunately, at 6'5, he plays the most replaceable position in the game and hasn't managed to stand out at any particular skill.


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!


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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