Here's what Lon Babby had to say about the decision to hire Ryan McDonough as the new Phoenix Suns GM.

"Ryan distinguished himself among an impressive group of candidates for our GM position," said Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby. "His natural leadership and communication skills will serve the Suns well. And, his prodigious work ethic and ability to identify talent will enable us to take full advantage of the 10 draft choices, including six in the first round, that we have over the next three years. We welcome his championship pedigree to our organization."

There will be a press conference on Thursday to introduce McDonough to the Suns fans and media.

Here's an EXTENSIVE profile of McDonough that ran on SB Nation a few weeks ago:

The next generation GM: Ryan McDonough and the Celtics are helping usher in a new age of player evaluation -
McDonough can call up reports on his ever-present iPad of players he’s seen live and broken down on video. As he sifts through his information, he’s cautious against being too high or too low on a player. Scouting isn’t linear. His evaluations are a constant process.

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Update (10:42 a.m.): It’s gone official. Ryan McDonough is in as the Suns GM. Ryan McDonough, the Boston Celtics assistant general manager, appears to be the next Phoenix Suns GM and the...

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Update (10:30 a.m.): John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 620 reports the Suns could hire Boston Celtics assistant GM Ryan McDonough as early as today. Grant Hill is seriously in the mix to become the...

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Take it for what it is: another piece of information in the GM search saga.

Rumblings persist Suns haven't hired GM yet because they remain hopeful Clips' Grant Hill, out of playoffs now, returns to PHX to take job

— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) May 7, 2013

We talked about Hill possibly filling the role a few times before. Talk again.


My takeaways from the first round series:


OKC beats Houston 4-2

This looked like it might be a sweep before Russell Westbrook went down. After the injury Kevin Durant was forced to shoulder much more of the scoring load. Losing their starting point guard probably quelled any aspirations of a Thunder title run, as some people have now realized that not only is Westbrook an positive impact player, but he also might (GASP!) make players around him better.

San Antonio beats the Lakers 4-0

The Spurs late season swoon, also known as playing possum, was erased in what turned out to be a complete dismantling of an overmatched Lakers squad. Los Angeles never stood a chance as they were riddled by injuries, also known as karma, to the effect of losing the top four guards in their rotation and eventually starting Andrew Goudelock at the point in the final game of a humiliating sweep.

Golden St. beats Denver 4-2

The Warriors stunned the Nuggets in the biggest upset of the first round. Although the Nuggets came in without their second leading scorer, Danilo Gallinari, they still boasted the NBA's best home record (38-3). Stephen Curry, who's becoming a bonafide star with each passing game, stepped up big time after the Warriors appeared to be in trouble after losing David Lee early in the series.

Memphis beats the Clippers 4-2

The Grizzlies overcame a 2-0 deficit to advance with a backdoor sweep of the Clippers. Parsimonious defense, bulwarked by a team effort on offense, once again triumphed over high flying theatrics. Los Angeles also played much of games five and six without star power forward Blake Griffin after the series was knotted at two games apiece.

Miami beats Milwaukee 4-0

Absolutely shocking.

New York beats Boston 4-2

Murmurs of a Boston comeback from a 3-0 deficit were silenced as the Knicks closed out the series with a fourth win while scoring 90 points or less. The offensively challenged defensively dominated series was punctuated by the statistically fascinating performances of J.R. Smith and Carmelo Anthony. The two combined to take 233 shots (making just 89 - .381) while distributing just 18 assists. One per 12.9 shots attempts. Just goes to show that selfish, me first basketball can win to some extent. It also proves that while there is no "I" in team, there is a "Melo" in megalomaniac.

Indiana beats Atlanta 4-2

The Pacers size and length proved too much for the Hawks, as Indiana overcame an embarrassing game three loss, 90-69 in Atlanta, by snapping a 13 game losing streak at Atlanta to close out the series. Paul George continued his ascendance to the ranks of the elite with an impressive series, including a game one triple double.

Chicago beats Brooklyn 4-3

The Bulls were barely able to suit five players, but still had the heart and mental fortitude, which Brooklyn apparently lacks, to overcome adversity and win a seventh game on the Nets home court. The litany of obstacles the Bulls faced along the way included no Derrick Rose (out), a hobbled Joakim Noah (heel injury), losing Kirk Hinrich (calf Bruise), losing Luol Deng (spinal tap) and a team flu that saw Taj Gobson playing through chills and Nate Robinson vomiting on the bench.


The biggest thing that resonated with me was the extent of the injuries that sidelined key players in first round series. Many of those will spill over into the next round (and possibly beyond). Teams with a healthy roster should have a decided advantage moving forward....

I am also proud to announce that the Suns are undefeated since the playoffs started.

Now finally the standings:


NashMV3 has the early lead, providing separation by finishing with the best score in the Western Conference. The Eastern Conference held much truer to form, as contestants averaged 8.8 per person compared to just 4.7 for the west. The mean score was 13.4 and the median was 14. The Solution had the dubious distinction of finishing last, by only picking one winner outside of the Heat and Thunder.

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