The goal of this thread is to help you feel more optimistic about the Suns going into the 2010-11 season, so what I'm going to do is go over all the major concerns looking at the glass half full.
1. Rebounding- We've gone over this at least a hundred times since we acquired Turkoglu, but how many of you are still worried about it? Yes, it's no secret that Amar'e and Amundson are better rebounders than Turk and Warrick, but did you forget to see that Josh Childress is a better rebounder than Barbosa? The thing about us Suns that separates us from the rest of the league is our philosophy of "gang rebound". J-Rich and Grant Hill are all above average rebounders for their position. Of course, Dudley ain't too shabby himself. Throw Josh Childress into that list who averaged about 6rpg for the Hawks and we probably have the best rebounding wing-men in the NBA! Did you ever think of that!
Let me remind you that we made the WCF without Robin Lopez and Amar'e only averaging 6 rpg in the playoffs. Now let me say that if Turk can get us at least 6 rpg(which would be his career high) and that if Lopez can get us at least 7-8 rpg and if Frye can improve on the boards as well, we should be a decent-good rebounding team. Probably good for somewhere around 11-19 in the NBA. For us that is more than survivable. With a decent defense, rebounding and a great offense we should be a pretty darn good team by theory.
Now I know some of you question whether Turk can grab 6 rpg; as for myself I see it as very possible. He's on a new team with something to prove, add that to the fact that the Suns system inflates stats and that Lopez tends to tip the ball to other teammates. With that said, Turk should have no problem getting us 6 rpg, especially if he buys into the "gang rebound" philosophy.
2. Minutes- We have 10 guys who all deserve 20+mpg and who can all average 10+ppg. How do we keep everybody happy and satisfied about their minutes? There really isn't much I can say about this except, "let Gentry figure it out". He usually tends to stick with the guys who are playing well, so each player's minutes will probably be different every night. On the other hand, don't you think its kind of cool that we have 10 guys who can put up 10+points on any given night? Isn't that something to brag about? Other fans can say, "We have Durant", we can answer back, "yea, but can every man in your rotation score double figures on any given night! Didn't think so, now get out a here!".
3. Lopez- Can he stay healthy, especially for the playoffs? I know were all crossing our fingers for this to happen. Without Amar'e, we need a healthy and improved Lopez more than ever. I have hope that he will improve and that he can stay healthy and give us about 60-70 games this season. We have the best training staff in the league that were able to keep a guy like Shaq healthy for an entire season, so no worries.
4. Nash and Turk- Can they coexist like Nash and Diaw? I'm not sure. We will have to wait and see, but in the mean time lets not stress about it. We all know that Turk is best with the ball in his hands, so if that conflicts with Nash than expect Gentry to play Turk with Dragic more. This isn't Toronto where "bad chemistry" happens. This is Phoenix where "good chemistry" happens.
Overall, the Lopez concern boils down to great caution and some luck while the other 3 concerns are dependent upon team chemistry. The Suns were arguably the best team last season in that aspect. Players didn't care about checking their stats after the games and they didn't care about what role they had(with the exception of Barbs). In fact they all seemed satisfied with their respective roles. The new guys, Warrick, Turk and Josh are all here because they have something to prove. They want to be here. In order for them to earn their keep they will have to accept their role and become a part of the team. This team is all about chemistry. It's the only way we are going to win a game because we really don't have one star that can dominate game after game after game like Kobe, Durant, Lebron... The moment some one complains is the moment they are put on the trading block. I don't think Gentry, Nash and Hill are going to take any crap. They will fight, lose and win as a team. The odds are that we will remain the team with the best chemistry next year because that's just what the Suns are all about. Now, don't you feel better? The Suns are in a good position. I feel like we will once again be the sleeper of the NBA, so don't worry, be happy.