Less than a month after Suns General Manager tabbed this offseason as “a big summer” for the team’s younger players, the stage on which several of them will perform is set.

The NBA officially announced the dates (July 11-21) for the annual NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, a middle-of-the-summer smorgasbord of hoops that is far more popular in person than those who haven’t gone can imagine.

There were times this season when the Suns showed the kind of breakthroughs that are the ultimate rewards for coaches.

The extra pass to the open man. The instinctual cut to an open space off the ball, immediately recognized by the teammate with the ball.

In short, that level of play when it seems all five players on the court are thinking as one.

“When you’re together for a long time, it’s kind of a sixth sense of ‘you know where everybody is,’” Hornacek said. “Just the flow of everything.”

With the present Suns’ players enjoying their offseason, Suns.com decided the summer time is a great chance to catch up with former players for a weekly #SunsThrowback edition of Phoenix basketball history. How does it work? Basically we get their memories going just enough to do what they do best: tell us their most memorable stories from their playing days.

Goran Dragic

Info: 6-3, 190 pounds, 28 years old

NBA seasons: 6 (5 with Suns)

2013-14 numbers: 35.1 mpg, 20.3 ppg, 5.9 apg, 3.2 rpg, 1.4 spg


Feb. 28 vs. New Orleans. Two new career-highs in the month of February weren’t enough for Dragic, especially with his family in the stands watching. The Slovenian playmaker poured in yet another career-best – 40, this time – thanks to 14-of-21 shooting, 9-of-11 from the free throw line and 42 minutes of play.

I have an issue with the NBA MVP voting.

Don’t worry, it’s not an issue with who won. It’s next to impossible to argue with the idea of Kevin Durant and LeBron James deserved to finish one and two in the NBA’s MVP voting, respectively. Even if they had switched the order, you would have a tough time finding a legitimate issue with it.

It’s not even an issue with who finished in third or fourth.

This is an entire an argument about who deserved to finish fifth.