Phoenix Suns 2016 Preview, Draft, Offseason Recap, Depth Chart, Outlook
Phoenix Suns 2016 Preview
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The Phoenix Suns have gone six straight seasons of missing the playoffs and will now enter the first full year under coach Earl Watson. There’s been a lot of questionable moves over the years with the Suns and you just hope this franchise finds stability.
Can the Suns at least be competitive this season?
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Here is your 2016 NBA Phoenix Suns preview.
Key Player Losses: Mirza Teletovic leaves Phoenix after one season in which he shot 39.3 percent from beyond the arc and averaged 12.2 points off the bench. Teletovic was easily the best scoring option off the bench for Phoenix. Jon Leuer also leaves after one season in which he started 27 games and averaged 8.5 points and 5.6 rebounds. Neither loss is that big when you consider trying to try this franchise around.
Key Player Additions: The Suns sign Leandro Barbosa for the third time, as he spent the last two years being a key contributor for the Warriors. While soon to be 34 year sold, Barbosa still has a reliable jump shot and does shoot 38.8 percent from deep for his career. Solid pickup for the Suns in terms of depth. Jared Dudley also returns to Phoenix for the third time after shooting 47.8 percent from the field for one season in Washington. Dudley has always been a consistent deep ball shooter and has starting experience. Nice to see the Suns are getting the band back together.
Draft: Dragan Bender is a versatile player who passes extremely well and is only going to improve with more experience. Bender will compete for the backup power forward role right away. Marquese Chriss is likely the Suns starting power forward right away and has the potential to be a great NBA player. Chriss is super athletic and will make Phoenix better right way despite his lack of experience playing the sport. Also, Tyler Ulis was a steal in the second round, as the kid is extremely smart for the point guard position. Only downfall is he won’t play much behind Brandon Knight and Barbosa.
Outlook: With a healthy Eric Bledsoe and added depth on the wings, the Suns have a shot to be where they were a few years ago; competing for the last two playoff spots in the West. The Suns are still missing that one player to really put this team in the conversation, but there’s talent in Phoenix and enough in place to make this a borderline playoff team. Will it happen? Only time will tell. We’ve seen this movie before.