Suns Window Closed?
With Nash showing some age in the Spurs series one has to wonder if the Suns opportunity to win a championship is all but over. Considering the up-and-coming teams in the west and an aging roster it appears the Suns could definitely be in for a lower winning percentage this season. I still think the Shaq trade was a terrible idea, and so far Kerr is a better broadcaster than he is a GM.
Nash is showing some age but he still plays the point very well, and about the Shaq - Marion trade....Well, I gotta say that when they did that trade, D'Antoni's "Run N' Gun" offensive system pretty much transitioned into the "Walk N' Gun" offense with Shaq in the lineup. Shaq makes a good inside presence to help out the Suns and moving Stoudemare down to Power Forward was good. But still, I kinda see the Suns with Marion in the lineup a more stronger team. Marion "The Matrix" is a versatile player who can play at PF, SF and probably at SG. He is also makes a good defender, shotblocker and makes the buckets with his highflying dunks and his long to mid range shots with his odd, yet reliable jumper. Aging could be there over the horizon with Shaq's questionable health and being plagued with injuries. Losing D'Antoni to the Knicks was a shock as well. I don't know how the Suns are gonna gel with Terry Porter's system and whether on whether not it works well with the players. Hopefully, if they can add more players, and adapt to their new coach, they might be able compete with a more talented and athletic team again in the postseason. We'll see...
their window closed two years ago when Horry thugged Nash and it cost Amare a game. That was their last chance with the current regime.
If they are still gonna be coached by Gentry next year, they will need to start reloading for a new regime of players, guys that are fast and athletic enough to run a primary and secondary break, and guys that are already smart man-on-man defenders, because Gentry doesn't teach that anyways.
They need a replacement for Nash long term. That's draftable. At least one of Jonny Flynn, Ty Lawson, Jeff Teague or Eric Maynor should be on the board when the Suns pick, and he could split time like Nate Robinson did early in his career with Starbury until he's ready to lead an NBA offense.
They need a long-term center too. Robin Lopez is not gonna cut it, and Shaq might be a goner next year. If they like Amare at center, then I'd go hard for Paul Milsap. He's skilled, fast, and a good interior defender already. He might not be available though. Villanueva?
Finally, just some young bench pieces and who knows, they could return to the [almost] top in a few years.