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Suns Report
Thomas Saul
June 1, 2006
 
Phoenix href=/profile//> Suns

-Draft href=/profile//> picks href=/profile//> #21, href=/profile//> #27

LINEUP

PG- href=/profile//> Steve href=/profile//> Nash
SG- href=/profile//> Raja href=/profile//> Bell, href=/profile//> Leandro href=/profile//> Barbosa
SF- href=/profile//> Shawn href=/profile//> Marion, href=/profile//> Tim href=/profile//> Thomas*, href=/profile//> James href=/profile//> Jones
PF- href=/profile//> Amare href=/profile//> Stoudemire, href=/profile//> Boris href=/profile//> Diaw
C- href=/profile//> Kurt href=/profile//> Thomas, href=/profile//>

The href=/profile//> above href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> believe href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> returning href=/profile//> next href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> think href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> Burke href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Tskitisvilli href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> cut, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> Grant href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> leave href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team. href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> listed href=/profile//> Shawn href=/profile//> Marion href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> small href=/profile//> forward, href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> natural href=/profile//> position, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> likely href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> position href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> Kurt href=/profile//> Thomas, href=/profile//> Boris href=/profile//> Diaw href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Amare href=/profile//> Stoudemire href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> remain href=/profile//> healthy. href=/profile//> Boris href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> position href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> court, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> put href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> power href=/profile//> forward.

SEASON

The href=/profile//> suns href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> successful href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//> Preseason href=/profile//> predictions href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> Phoenix href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> struggle href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> playoffs href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> JJ, href=/profile//> Q, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> hunter href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> gone, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> amare href=/profile//> injured. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> suns href=/profile//> didn't href=/profile//> let href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> bother href=/profile//> them. href=/profile//> Marion href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Nash href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> career href=/profile//> years, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> Boris href=/profile//> Diaw href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Leandro href=/profile//> Barbosa href=/profile//> stepped href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> greatly. href=/profile//> Raja href=/profile//> Bell href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> proved href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> worth, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> become href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> suns href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> shooters, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> perimeter href=/profile//> defender. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> suns href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> deal href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> injuries href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> season. href=/profile//> Amare's href=/profile//> comeback href=/profile//> fell href=/profile//> short, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Kurt href=/profile//> Thomas href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> sidelined href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> stress href=/profile//> fracture. href=/profile//> Luckily href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Phoenix, href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> able href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> pick href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> Tim href=/profile//> Thomas, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> huge href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> playoffs.

TEAM href=/profile//> NEEDS

The href=/profile//> suns href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> need href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> few href=/profile//> things. href=/profile//>

1. href=/profile//> A href=/profile//> backup href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Steve href=/profile//> Nash. href=/profile//> Nash href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> true href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team. href=/profile//> Leandro href=/profile//> Barbosa href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Eddie href=/profile//> House href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> shooting href=/profile//> guards, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> scorers href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> passers, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> D'antoni's href=/profile//> system, href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> passing href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> needed. href=/profile//> Jordan href=/profile//> Farmar, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Rajon href=/profile//> Rondo href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> look href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> backups.

2. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> thing href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> suns href=/profile//> need, href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> inside href=/profile//> presence. href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> know href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> Amare href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Kurt href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> next href=/profile//> season, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> Phoenix href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> no href=/profile//> backup href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> man. href=/profile//> Phoenix href=/profile//> needs href=/profile//> rebounding, href=/profile//> toughness href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> defense href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> man href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> bench. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> suns href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> likely href=/profile//> look href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> draft href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> Hilton href=/profile//> Armstrong, href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> Saer href=/profile//> Sene href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> draft, href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> fix href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> need. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> suns href=/profile//> don't href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> cap href=/profile//> space, href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> free href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> likely href=/profile//> isn't href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> factor.

GM's href=/profile//> Draft href=/profile//> Strategy

With href=/profile//> Jerry href=/profile//> Colangelo href=/profile//> leaving href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> toronto, href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> impossible href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> predict href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> type href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> strategy href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> suns href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> use href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> draft. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> likely href=/profile//> take href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> available href=/profile//> player, href=/profile//> that's href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> Point href=/profile//> guard, href=/profile//> Power href=/profile//> forward, href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> Center. href=/profile//> Obviously, href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> take href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> fits href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> up-tempo, href=/profile//> run href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> gun href=/profile//> type href=/profile//> style.

Personal href=/profile//> Analysis

I href=/profile//> think href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> Saer href=/profile//> Sene href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> available href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> #21, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> suns href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> take href=/profile//> him. href=/profile//> IMO, href=/profile//> It href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> mistake href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> to. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> guy href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> athlete, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> although href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> project, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> add href=/profile//> depth href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> suns href=/profile//> frontcourt, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> shot-blocker, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> rebounder href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> suns href=/profile//> need href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> bench. href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> think href=/profile//> Jordan href=/profile//> Farmar href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> chance href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> suns href=/profile//> pick. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> guy href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> perfect href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> suns href=/profile//> system. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> Nash's, href=/profile//> although href=/profile//> it's href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> developed href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> way. href=/profile//> Farmar href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> exact href=/profile//> type href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> Phoenix href=/profile//> needs href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> guard, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> turns href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> well, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> future href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> suns.
 
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