You have to make the match first, to acquire a ring. And the Phoenix Suns understand better how difficult that may be.
Forty-eight wins did not get the work done this past year, however, the Suns, undaunted, will give the punishing Western Seminar yet another crack in 2014-15. This time around, they will have Isaiah Thomas rounding a mortal three-guard rotation that–hopefully–will also include the newly paid Eric Bledsoe to get a full season.
Goran Dragic was an elite performer this past year, and he will look to duplicate the most remarkable individual offensive season we have seen in the post-Steve Nash Suns era.
Channing Frye’s departure to the Orlando Magic will hamper Phoenix’s spacing on crime, but the team which led the NBA in fast-break points a year ago may play enough speed to make up for this loss.
The good thing is that the Suns could have yet another excellent season and still fall short of the playoffs. The fantastic news is they have sufficient limit flexibility to re-sign Dragic next summer and pursue a significant free agent who may place them on the top.
This year will probably be too much pleasure to word a throwaway, but the truth is the Suns are a year away from actually raising their profile.