I recently read an article on NBA.com which previewed the teams in the Pacific Division.
In a normal season, the Suns would play 16 inter-divisional games. Thats four games each against the Clippers, Kings, Lakers and Warriors. In a matter of years, the Pacific Division could be the most competitive division in the NBA.
The Clippers have the sophomore sensation Blake Griffin, along with Eric Gordon, DeAndre Jordan, Mo Williams and Chris Kaman. They also have the first round pick of the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2012 Draft, which could easily be a Top 5 pick at worst. This pick could address the hole they have at SF, especially in a draft which could feature Terrence Jones and Harrison Barnes.
The Warriors have one of the top backcourt scoring punches with Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis, along with David Lee who is a quality Power Forward in his own right, and a much improved Dorell Wright. They have a weakness at the 5, and are a poor defensive team.
The Lakers of course will always be dangerous as long as Kobe's around, and with rumours circulating that Deron/CP3/Dwight could be headed out those ways, the future looks bright in Los Angeles.
Where does that leave our Suns? Well, with no great young prospects, and an aging team, if the Suns want to contend, they have to find pieces NOW. If they want to rebuild, they have to rebuild fast. Because with the future of the Pacific Division looking brighter and a lot more dangerous, our Suns are going to have to move forward fast.