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The Search For Nash's Backup

Steve Nash is not definitely re-signing with the Suns but if he does hypothetically sign a two year deal, we will still have the ongoing issue of his backup. Despite the improved play of Sebastian Telfair, it is pretty obvious we have a backup point guard problem going forward. Over the last three years, Nash’s minutes have gone like this: 32.8, 33.3 and 32.6. Despite Nash being able to play such big minutes over the last 3 years, the Suns are in need of point guard capable of splitting minutes with Steve for the next few years.

Keep reading as I take a look at the Suns’ options next year...

Current Suns

Suns

MINS

PPG

APG

RPG

FG%

3PT%

FT%

Aaron Brooks (PHX)

18.9

9.6

4.2

1.1

43

32.8

80.7

Sebastian Telfair

13.4

4.4

1.9

1.3

35.9

28.6

70

Ronnie Price

15.4

3.9

2.1

1.6

37.8

31.6

85

Sebastian Telfair: I have always been quite a big Telfair fan and he is finally getting good at initiating the offense but he is still a bad decision maker sometimes and really doesn’t play to his strengths, he settles for his very iffy jumpshot too much, he doesn’t attack the rim as much as he should, and when he does, he changes his shot too much. He is an ok short term option, but will he be here next year? Probably not.

Ronnie Price: It seems like he has now lost the battle for the backup point guard role this year, solid defensively but simply doesn’t fit in with the Suns offensively.

Aaron Brooks: Ok, he isn't actually a current Sun but we do have his rights so I will include him here. Brooks wasn’t as bad for the Suns last year as people like to make out, and his 4.2 assists in 18.9 minutes were very respectable. He wasn’t an amazing fit with Phoenix but with a full training camp, I feel he could be the sixth man we have missed this season. He would be expensive to keep however, I would speculate somewhere in the $5-8m range.

Free Agency

FA's

MINS

PPG

APG

RPG

FG%

3PT%

FT%

D.J. Augustin

30.6

12.2

6.4

2.7

39.2

35.3

86.9

Kirk Hinrich

23.7

6.3

2.3

1.9

40.2

33.3

70.8

Jerryd Bayless

24.2

12.1

3.9

2.2

42.5

42.4

85.7

Mo Williams

29.4

14.1

3.3

2.1

43.3

38.9

88.4

Delonte West

22.7

8.3

3.4

2.5

42.8

32.7

90.9

George Hill

24.5

9.6

1.9

3.8

45.7

38.7

75.8

Ramon Sessions

24.4

10.4

5.2

3.1

40

41.3

82.6

Raymond Felton

31.1

10.3

6

2.1

38.2

24.5

81.8

Andre Miller

28.6

10.3

6.6

3.3

43.6

25

80.3

Goran Dragic

21.9

8.5

4

2.1

44.4

30.7

76.6

D.J. Augustin: He’s a very good shooter, very good passer, In fact, getting 6.4 assists per game while playing for the Bobcats should land him the MVP. Just like Brooks, he is restricted so it would take a very big offer sheet to make the Bobcats let him leave.

Kirk Hinrich: His career year may have been 5 years ago when he averaged 16.6 points and 6.3 assists a game for a Chicago Bulls team pre Derrick Rose but he is still a great defensive player (ask Steve Nash) and he can still knock down the three ball, he also has the ability to play as shooting guard in certain circumstances. At this point of his career, he is probably not going to be more than a role player on a team like the Suns but a solid cheap option for the bench nonetheless.

Jerryd Bayless: The former Arizona Wildcat is quietly having his best year in the league while backing up Jose Calderon. I haven’t watched him enough to in to detail about him but those numbers are pretty damn impressive. I don’t think he will ever be good enough to eventually replace Nash so sending a big offer sheet his way to pry him away from Toronto won’t be worth it in my opinion.

Mo Williams: Mo has a player option at $8.5m, I really don’t know whether he will take it. He is 29 now, having a very good year and his next contract will be his last big one, if he thinks he can get a deal like 4 years/$30m he may opt out. In his 9 years in the league, he has never averaged over 5 assists but he has always been a good scorer, he is similar to Brooks in that regard.

Delonte West: You don’t want this man on the Suns roster? What is wrong with you? But in all seriousness, West is a very good role player. He is more of a combo guard but his all round game is a lot better than Telfair or Price. He is probably also the cheapest guy I have listed.

George Hill: He isn’t really a point guard, unless you consider someone with a career average of 1 assist every 10.7 minutes as a point guard. Nevertheless, he was probably the 4th or 5th best player or the Spurs team that got the west’s best record last season. The Pacers have a lot of cap space though so it would take a very big offer sheet to make the Pacers refuse to match it.

Ramon Sessions: Probably my favourite of the free agents, he has a player option at around $4.5m which I think he will decline, to me he just seems like the perfect fit to play behind Nash. He is very much a pass first point guard but his shooting has improved a lot over the last year shooting 41.3% on threes (20% last year).


Raymond Felton: While playing for the Knicks last year, Felton averaged 17.1 points and 9 assists per game, he won’t get those sorts of numbers for the Suns if he is coming off the bench but he is certainly capable of being a very good point guard when his head is on right.

Andre Miller: Possibly one of the most underrated point guards of all time in my opinion, and he is ridiculously durable, he has never played less than 80 games in a season. And his 7,327 assists are good for 11th all time. His lack of a three point shot (Career 20.8%) would hurt him while playing for the Suns though, but if Andre Miller was playing 22 minutes off the bench for the Suns next year, I would be very happy.

Goran Dragic: Goran is unrestricted after this season, he is one of the best backups in the league. I love the guy as much as every other Suns fan but there are probably 5 guys I listed here that would probably be better for the Suns to sign over Dragic. He does has a lot of flaws in his game but HE’S GORAN!!! (note: after just watching his highlights from the Spurs game, I would rather have him over anyone I listed)

The Draft:

Draft

MINS

PPG

APG

RPG

FG%

3PT%

FT%

Damian Lillard

34.3

24.5

4

5.1

47

42.5

88.3

Kendall Marshall

33

7.8

9.7

2.6

44.3

34.2

72.2

Tony Wroten

30.2

16.7

3.6

5

45.2

18

57.6

Scott Machado

35.4

13.6

9.9

5

49

41.1

80.8

Tyshawn Taylor

33.3

17.3

4.8

1.9

49.2

43.5

69.1

The only point guards I have watched a lot at college are Lillard and Marshall so I will link the bio of these guys from Draft express.

Lillard

Marshall


Wroten

Machado

Taylor

Summary

I just listed 15 guys here that are better that are better than our current combo of Price/Telfair, there are probably another seven point guards out there in free agency who could make a bigger impact on the Suns than said combo, so finding an upgrade should be pretty easy. The future is bright people! Well, you know, unless Nash goes to the Lakers (lol).

Go Suns!

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