Now I know it has been a very heated debate here at Bright Side as to how good (or rather how bad) the Suns will be this coming season.
Most of us have a tendency to be overly optimistic while some are all doom and gloom. I came across this article at NBA.com that sums up our discussion nicely and puts it in perspective.
The author emphasizes the fact, that this season is the beggining of a process, but finds some hope in validity of the foundations for this roster change.
For me the main point he makes, is that most of the new additions to our roster are players with "something to prove". It rings true for an ageing vet like Scola, a proven commodity still refining his game like Gortat and first and foremost to draft busts - Beasley and Johnson. The author's perspective further validates the makeover stating what still isn't that obvious for most fans here - the conference finals were rather an overachievement on our part than a prelude to a championship team.
It sounds reasonable, that the personnel we've had wasn't enough to get us to the finals (hell, even conference finals) in upcoming seasons. We've had great players (on and off the court), beautiful uptempo offensive style and a lot of highlight reel material, but IT SIMPLY WASN'T ENOUGH. In part, it came down to a lack of above average centers, in part - tough opposition. You could argue that the sytem was just not good enough to take us all the way to the top (few centers would be able to fit in perfectly into an uptempo style of play).
For Blinebury the new foundations are sound. But the success hinges on one guy - Michael Beasley. If he can be an MVP on this team in terms of production and effectiveness the Suns are playoff bound. However, in all likeliness, he will fold, like he did multiple times in his 5 years in the league and we will get another draft pick.
All in all his article seems to be a fair asessment of the current state of affairs with one serious positive thought - coming seasons will only be better, how much better, seems to be the only question.