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BackCourt 3000; The New and Improved

Let me just start by saying; yes, I am calling it that, and yes, it brings back both good and bad memories. If you don't happen to remember, are purposefully blocking it out, or don't happen to know of the previous usage of this name, let me shed some light. A long time ago, more than decade in time, the Suns Front Office put together a team featuring Jason Kidd and Anfernee (a.k.a. Penny) Hardaway. The duo was coined; BackCourt 2000. While both players were plagued by injury, the Suns were able to put together a 33-12 record when Jason and Penny were both in the lineup. Of course, Kidd was later shipped off to the Nets in exchange for Stephon Marbury, and shortly after Penny was dealt to the Knicks (to make room to sign free agent Steve Nash).

So, why BackCourt 3000? Why bring up the previous disaster in BackCourt 2000? Well, our team is having an interesting offseason so far with their recent signings, departures, and trades. At the center of these moves the backcourt has had the most significant changes, drafting Kendall Marshall, signing Goran Dragic for a second tour, Steve Nash moving on to LA (sigh), re-upping Shannon Brown's contract, and trading for Wes Johnson (from Minnesota). Not to mention still having Jared Dudley and a safety valve in Sebastian Telfair, who appeared to be mastering the offense in the latter half of the season. However, after everything that has happened, our backcourt looks like a very exciting piece of our roster puzzle. In all honesty the backcourt for Phoenix is usually the backbone (K. Johnson/Majerle, Kidd/Hardaway, Marbury/Hardaway, Nash/J. Johnson, Nash/Barbosa, Nash/Richardson), and now that current lineup is apparently going to feature Dragic/Dudley.

Now hold on, I know that Dragic/Dudley is nowhere near the hype of Kidd/Hardaway, but I am not talking about Dragic/Dudley. I am talking about Marshall/Dragic, something that more closely resembles Kidd/Hardaway (a pass first PG and a scoring SG). "But PHX, Marshall isn't a starter and Dragic isn't a two-guard." I hear you, trust me. I'm thinking (and it is radical) that the Suns should start Marshall as a rookie at PG because he has great court awareness that would greatly benefit from 28-34 minutes a night (plus what do we have to lose, a potential 8th seed because we started a rookie?) and move Dragic over to the SG because he is more of a natural scorer than passer. Also, I believe Dudley should move to the bench because his energy and hustle is best used to energize the bench and inject life in a game rather than be a part of a starting five that has that in Dragic, Gortat, and Scola.

With a lineup like this I wouldn't be surprised to see Marshall average 6-8 PPG with 7-9 APG (maybe more considering he got 9 APG during his Sophomore season at UNC), Dragic nabbing a 17-19 PPG and 5-6 APG average, Dudley going 10-12 PPG, Brown contributing a 9-11 PPG mark, Telfair putting up 6-8 PPG and 5-6 APG, and W. Johnson posting an 8-10 PPG with around 3-4 RPG. All-around that is a very solid, effective, and deceptive backcourt, hence; BackCourt 3000.

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