March Madness History

March Madness History

2013 Phoenix Suns Season Preview

It’s a whole new look for the Phoenix Suns going into the 2013-14 Season, and a more youthful team has given fans a breath of fresh air as they try to get past the 25-57 record of last year. The Suns have added Eric Bledsoe and Gerald Green while drafting Alex Len and Archie Goodwin in the first round. They severed ties with problem-child Michael Beasley, Jermaine O’Neal, Luis Scola and Jared Dudley as well. The Suns open up the season at home against the Utah Jazz on Nov. 1 before hitting the road for games against the Thunder, Pelicans and Spurs. Other key home games will be vs. Dallas on Dec. 21, vs. the Lakers on Dec. 23 and vs. Miami on Feb. 11.

2012 Phoenix Suns Season Preview

Up until the last week of the season, the Phoenix Suns were in a fight for the eighth seed in the Western Conference playoffs, but after a loss to the Utah Jazz in their second-to-last-game, the Suns were mathematically eliminated and finished the year 33-33. For the first time in years, the Suns will begin a season without their superstar Steve Nash at point guard, who is arguably one of the best players in the team's history. Luckily for Suns' fans, the team made a flurry of moves in the offseason to replace some of the lost pieces and begin creating a younger, leaner and tougher team that can compete with the superstar-packed rosters of their foes in the Western Conference. To replace the major void left behind by Nash's departure, the Suns moved quickly in free agency to pick up point guard Goran Dragic, whom the team traded away only two years ago. The Suns found a way to land power forward Luis Scola, who should help the team's scoring attack tremendously. New addition Michael Beasley provides great size at the small forward position, as well as Wesley Johnson who also came over from Minnesota. Last but not least, the team signed veteran big man Jermaine O'Neal to provide a much-needed boost off the bench. In the draft, the Suns only had one pick but made it count with the selection of point guard Kendall Marshall from North Carolina, who should provide immediate depth behind Dragic. Along with their completely redesigned point guard lineup, the Suns will bring back Sebastian Telfair to provide additional depth. At shooting guard, Jared Dudley has been a reliable performer for the team for several years, and he is spelled frequently by Shannon Brown and P.J. Tucker. The forward position has been completely revamped with the additions of Scola and Beasley, but it will be up to players like Wesley Johnson and Markieff Morris to provide a boost in big spots. At center, Marcin Gortat looked like an All-Star through the early portion of the 2011-12 season, but he will have to adjust to new point guards to maximize his effectiveness. Although there are plenty of new faces, the Suns are still more than capable to play with anyone in the Western Conference with their starting five, but might not have the depth to hang in with teams in close games. However, if the team can gel early on and adjust to their new offense, the Suns could be a surprise postseason contender late in the season.

2011 Phoenix Suns Season Preview

Besides its wonderful, top-notch training staff, the Suns are best known in the NBA for their terrific guard play. Of course, that’s easy when you have former MVP Steve Nash bringing the rock up and down the court every night. Last year the Suns ranked fourth overall in points per game, and third in assists, so whatever their place in the standings, you at least knew that you were going to give you an exciting game. With the super athletic shooting guard Shannon Brown added to the mix, it looks like the Suns are poised to give the fans again what they were looking for in 2011-12.

2010 Phoenix Suns Season Preview

The Phoenix Suns have been one of the most potent offensive teams in the NBA over recent years, but unfortunately for fans, have sometimes played poor defense. They have been one of the most consistent teams in the league, making the conference finals four of the last six years. Despite the consistency, they have lost each time and will be looking to take that final step to the NBA Finals this season. The Suns are lead by their dynamic point guard Steve Nash. The diminutive Canadian averaged an impressive 11 assists per game last season, while scoring 16.5 a game. However, outside of Nash the Suns roster is a big question mark. The team lost Amare Stoudemire and Leandro Barbosa to free agency, and how well the aging bodies of Grant Hill and Jason Richardson hold up are serious concerns. Despite the worry, the Suns have several young players who may be able to shoulder some of the load. Robin Lopez proved he could be a solid defender last season, and the addition of Hedo Turkoglu adds a reliable scorer down low. Ultimately though, the team will go as far as Nash can lead them as the offense centers around his play.

2009 Phoenix Suns Season Preview

The Phoenix Suns head into the 2009-2010 NBA season with a goal to return to the Western Conference playoffs. The Suns slipped last year and missed the playoffs, but have a talented roster that should put them back in the mix this season. The Suns will be led by PG Steve Nash and PF Amare Stoudemire. Top to bottom the Suns roster is stacked with talent, so expect big things from Phoenix this year.

2008 Phoenix Suns Season Preview

The Phoenix Suns play the most up-tempo exciting basketball in the NBA today. Steve Nash and Amare Stoudamire provide fast-paced, high-flying excitement and lead a team poised to finally win an NBA title. Watching a game at the Talking Stick Resort Arena, it's hard to forget the exciting play of Charles Barkley, Danny Ainge, and "Thunder" Dan Majerle in the 1990's. The Phoenix Suns may be even more exciting to watch now than they were then.

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