The Phoenix Suns roster went through a major overhaul during this past offseason. Many have questioned Robert Sarver's decision to overload on wings this summer rather than replacing the departed Amar'e Stoudemire with a more prototypical power forward. Phoenix's contingent of "14 small forwards" has become something of a running joke with NBA fans.

But Suns fans knew better. There was a plan, a method to the madness of the front office's decisions. They realized that incumbent starter Grant Hill was thirty-eight years old and figured he wouldn't be around too much longer. In fact, many believed that this would be Hill's final year before he rode off into the sunset. Knowing this, the Suns signed Hedo Turkoglu and Josh Childress, and extended Jared Dudleyto go along with Jason Richardson and Hill.

 

The belief was that Richardson and Childress would hold down the shooting guard position, Hill and Dudley would continue to play small forward, and Hedo Turkoglu would step in to replace Amar'e Stoudemire at power forward. The following year, when Hill retires, Turkoglu would slide back over to his natural small forward position and the Suns would find a new power forward, either from within or via free agency.

That is the plan as Suns fans saw it, myself included. We can deal with watching Hedo Turkoglu get repeatedly man-handled on the inside. He's only there for one year, right?

But watching the Suns thus far on this very young season, I had begun to wonder if that is how things would truly shake out. Grant Hill does not look like he's thirty-eight years old. He does not look like this is his last year. In fact, he has been one of the Suns' best players so far.

Then I came across this article on NBA Fanhouse, and in an interview Hill says he's "not even close" to retiring. He feels great and is still playing at a very high level. "The way I feel now, I want to go another couple of seasons," he says. "I'd like to be playing when I'm 40."

If you're anything like me, the fanboy (or girl) in you exclaims a jubilant "YES!" after reading an article like this. Grant Hill is a great player and a stand-up guy. He's the kind of veteran presence every team needs. What he brings to the table for this team is vital to its success.

But then after you calm down, you start to think. But what about the plan? If Grant sticks around, we'll still have too many small forwards. Sadly, this is true. So what do we do?

The first option is to trade him now. Send him to a contender so he can play for a championship. The Suns aren't championship contenders now, right? Shipping him out gives him a chance to get that elusive ring and also clears up the Suns' logjam on the wings. But can we really trade Grant Hill? Does he even want to be traded?

The second option is to just let him walk. His contract ends after this season. Letting him go rather than re-signing him gives him a chance to play where he wants to for as long as he wants to, and it again clears up the logjam. How would the fanbase and other players respond to letting Grant move on? What happens if he doesn't want to move on?

The 3rd option is to trade one of the other wings. Hedo Turkoglu is virtually untradeable. That leaves Jared Dudley and Josh Childress. Although Dudley hasn't played well so far, he is still JYD. And the organization just gave him a nice extension. How would the fanbase react to one of their favorite players, who is still young, being traded away? Josh Childress is a newcomer, but he's also young and brings major upside. Would it really be wise to part with one of these guys in order to keep two small forwards who are both over the age of thirty?

The fourth option is to maintain the status quo. Keep everyone and continue to roll with the unconventional lineup. We can hope the team adjusts with more time together and that some of the players step up their games.

So Bright Siders, let your voice be heard.

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It is one thing to have a game recap and play by the rules-that is, rationalize the reasons for the loss, construct some arguments and or predictions as to why things are going sideways. Heck, we can even take part in a good natured debate.

However, the BSOTS squad is out to enhance your experience. So, here is what I propose.

Let loose. We're all pent up and angry and frustrated. May as well let it out, yes?

So, for this post only, why not say what you want to say, no consequences. Let's keep it respectful to other posters and adhere to the site rules, but other than that, let it go. 

It's unhealthy to hold on to the negative energy.

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Tied at 58 apiece with nine minutes remaining in the third quarter, the injury-depleted  Suns were hanging tough with a Bobcat team that swept them last season. From that point, however, it was all...

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Trade Steve Nash? No. Do not.

The Nashless Suns were destroyed tonight by the Charlotte Bobcats.The 5-8 Bobcats. The Bobcats averaging 93.1 per game, 28th in the league. These Bobcats scored 123 points, and played like a playoff contender against a Suns squad that has either lost focus, energy, or simply isn't the same team without Mr. Steve Nash.

Per Paul Coro's tweet:  As mad as he's been this yr, Gentry rips Suns D & effort after 123-105 loss to CHA. "We sucked...We didn't guard. We don't have any excuse."

Indeed. There is no excuse for this defensive effort. It was ugly and awful and ridiculous and a bunch of other adjectives. Nevertheless, the Suns are 6-7. With the lack of size and youthful talent, our favorite squad needs to bring it every single night. Wins over the Lakers in LA and Denver at home are illustrations that this team can be and is good when they're rolling on all cylinders. But without a cylinder or two, they are a below average NBA team. Fact. So let's get down to the heart of it.:

  • There has been some murmuring about Jared Dudley's awful play. He made nothing from the field like the last night and night before. Is he pressing due to the contract? Or is he attempting to learn a new game due to his loss of weight and new diet? Probably both. As the team continues to adjust, so does he. Two dribble and pop, or sit at the arc and wait? Drive to the hoop or pass? Good questions for a guy who's trying to improve at every facet of the game.
  • Hedo with a -20 and 4 turnovers. He also had 18 points and 5 rebounds. Obviously the negative numbers won out tonight. Still, I'm not going to criticize this guy. He's a hero one night and a goat the next. Hedo can play. He will play more good games than bad. What else do you want?
  • Frye:  Plays 40 minutes with a 11/6/ line. Not bad for a guy who was purported to be soft with the big boys. He's improving and playing much better D these days. He's accepting his role and you can't disrespect that.
  • Dragon:  17/10 with no turnovers. Not bad at all. yet he also allowed D.J. Augustin 16/5/6.
  • JRich: Blew his load against the Lakers and hasn't been the same since. 3-11 tonight and allowed Stephen Jackson to go turbo.
  • How does Boris Diaw go for 26?
  • The Cats outscored the Suns 64-42 in the paint.
  • The Cats launched 13 more shots than the Suns and made 16 more from the field.
  • Charlotte was 9-19 from beyond the arc. The Suns 5-21.
  • The Bobcats bench outscore the Suns pine 41-23.

ON THE BRIGHT SIDE:

The Phoenix Suns have shown that they can play with the best in the league. Taking the Lakes in LA means something. Blowing it on the road against the Heat and the next night against the Magic doesn't support my statement. But the Magic game was a throw away. I hoped for something better against "Mr. What Should I Do?"

Nevertheless, any educated or barely educated fan knew coming into this season that the Suns were going to need to find themselves. Fact. They continue the journey every night. If you like excitement, well the Suns are full of it because you never know what you are going to get from one night to the next. However, it's pretty clear to me that having Steve Nash playing always improves your chances of grabbing a W.

  • Grant Hill hit for 23. 
  • Hedo hit for 18, off of 7-14 shooting.
  • Goran 17/10/4
  • Earl Clark played, and that's always something to make us smile, yes?

it is the same old story for our Phoenix Suns. Play defense, make stops at key moments, shoot the three, get everyone involved. If those things don't happen, it will be tough to win a game. 

I better not hear any panic, and if I see a panic button, I will not be happy. It is a long season and this squad is going to find itself. AND THEY WILL NOT TRADE STEVE NASH.

NEXT UP @HOUSTON-11/22/10

 

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Best Wishes to Steve Nash and His Groin.

Go Suns


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