Will the Suns keep their core together?
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2006-07:
Key Rotation Players Returning:
  • C-F: Amare Stoudemire
  • G: Steve Nash
  • G: Leandro Barbosa
  • G-F: Raja Bell
  • F: Shawn Marion
  • F-C: Boris Diaw
  • F: James Jones
Options:
  • C: Kurt Thomas (Player)
Needs:
  • True Backup Point Guard
  • Toughness
Analysis:
Phoenix lost to San Antonio in the Conference Semi Finals, 4-2, after beating Kobe Bryant and the Lakers in the First Round of the playoffs. In the regular season, the Suns led the league in scoring at 110.2 points per contest. Steve Nash received the MVP award the past two years, but lost out this year to good friend Dirk Nowitzki. Amare Stoudemire came back strong this season after being sidelined last year due to injury. He led the team with a 20.4 points per game average. Following the close of the season, the Suns named former NBA player, Steve Kerr, the team’s President of Basketball Operations and General Manager.
2006
27. Sergio Rodriguez*

2005
21. Nate Robinson*
57. Marcin Gortat

2004
7. Luol Deng*

* Draft Rights Traded

Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4 Player 5 + - +/- Min +/- /Min G
S. Nash S. Marion R. Bell A. Stoudemire L. Barbosa 1,142 -977 165 458:55 .359 60
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From The Media:
"Although the Suns still have two first-round picks, recent history and current circumstances indicate they won’t use both of them. The Suns haven’t kept a first-round pick since 2003 (when they picked up Zarko Cabarkapa and Leandro Barbosa), and at least one of the picks will likely be used as trade enticement as the Suns try to unload some payroll (Marcus Banks) and move either closer to or under the league’s luxury-tax threshold.”
-- Jerry Brown, East Valley Tribune

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