Phoenix Suns Training Camp: Gentry has one open starting job

Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Suns' coach Alvin Gentry has a clear idea of his starting lineup but there does seem to be one job still open.

While you are struggling with near 100 degree weather in Phoenix, the Suns are in San Diego living it up at the beach and chilling at the gym. In San Diego it will be about 73 today but that doesn't mean there's not a hot flash of competition running through Suns training camp as the battle for one starting job heats up.

Question: Was that the worst transition in the history of the written word? Or was it the worstest?

Intrepid beach comber Paul Coro shares this nugget from his plastic bucket of shells:

Starting spot open for Phoenix Suns

A starting lineup including Goran Dragic, Michael Beasley, Luis Scola and Marcin Gortat appears likely, leaving Jared Dudley and Shannon Brown in the only starting-spot battle.

Are you surprised? You should be...if you've been living under a rock and not paying attention to this team. In other words, not a surprise.

Always good for an interesting quote, here's J.D. dishing a bit about that ball hog, Steve Nash:

"We've just put in new offensive sets that even cater more to my game than when Steve was here. It's a read, where it's more of a basketball IQ. Before, it was Steve makes a play and Steve decides who scores."

I'll leave the detailed breakdown and analytical comparison of Dudley vs. Brown to someone else. Here's my condensed recap of that hot, hot, fierce competition.

Jared Dudley: Tweets well. Smart. Shoots threes. Can't dunk (despite what he thinks).

Shannon Brown: Married well. Shoots (too many) threes. Can dunk. Can't create (despite what he thinks).

Who's your choice for the starting job?

Do you put Shannon on the floor with Goran and Beasley for a pretty awesomely athletic threesome and save Jared's savvy and leadership for the bench unit. Or maybe you want Dudz on the floor to provide a nice calming presence in between still skittish (at times) Goran and Beasley's Beasleyness.

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