As the season progresses, we are learning more about what we have and more importantly needs for the future. At the end of last season, The Suns had a lot of issues that needed to be solved. In my opinion, this season has been a pleasant surprise in many regards. First and foremost the power forward position does not seem to be the achilles heel of the team going forward. Markieff morris looks like the answer moving forward, He is able to rebound, play defense, and rebound. Also paired with Marcin Gortat, the front court looks promising moving forward. Also with RoLo and Channing Frye, these positions have adequate depth. The real concern arises when looking at the backcourt and small forward position. I think we can all agree that this year is out of the question, and the team has to start looking for the future.
The Suns absolutely need to get a new point guard for the future. Steve Nash is still playing at a high level, but he won't play for ever. Ideally if we can get a point guard in the draft that we can have learn behind nash for a year or two that would be perfect. Nash still has a few good years left, and he hasn't shown any desire to leave the team. Price is a good back up, but will never amount to any more. THe current suns team will probably be right outside of the lottery picks, but maybe with a trade we will be able to draft a premier point guard in this years draft. The current league is a point guard league, and we need a playmaker to compete in the future.
I noticed that a lot of analyst and even fans complain that suns don't have a 2 guard that can create his own shot, but if you look at all of the successful suns teams of the past, they haven't had one either. The suns are at their best, when they have a 2 guard that can consistently hit 3's and play good defense. An ideal fit would be someone like wes mathews of portland. I understand that he will never be available, but maybe J smith when he comes back from china? Dudley is a good role player, but he lacks the athleticism to be anything more than a 6th man off of the bench. he is at his best when can provide short spurts of hustle off of the bench. O.J. mayo would also fit the bill, especially since memphis is keen on getting rid of him. I understand both of these players have bad reputations, but maybe under the tutelage of professionals like hill and nash they will learn how to act in the locker room. if you look at smith he has always been with bad teammates like K mart, Melo, and iverson.
The small forward position is similar to the point guard position, in that HIll is good now but he is old and can't be in the long term picture. A name i like at this position is wilson chandler. He provides the same type of play that Hill does currently. He can hit a jump shot, plays good defense, and can also run the floor which is evident by his time in New York under D'Antoni. I think Hakeem Warrick is flourishing in his role coming off the bench as the back up 3, but giving him more than 20 minutes a game is a mistake.
I think Frye RoLo Warrick Dudley and price coming off the bench would be one of the better bench units in the league, and would provide adequate depth for a lineup of Gortat Morris Chandler Smith and a rookie point guard/ nash going forward. I would be interested in hearing other opinions on this?