Suns Retorter: Surprise Season Unveils Bright Future

Sometimes the best things are the ones you don’t see coming at all.

How many times have you been excited by the blockbuster movie set to come out, the new highly promoted television show about to debut or the high-end electronic that the internet has been abuzz about only to be completely and utterly disappointed? If you're like me, probably more times than you can count even with all your fingers and toes.

You’ve probably been equally and pleasantly surprised by little things that came out of nowhere, like the random restaurant you stopped at or the band you had never heard that randomly was on the radio. Sometimes you can even be surprised by a sports team that no one expected anything from.

Enter the 2013-14 Phoenix Suns. They reminded us this season why we watch sports and why the games are played. The “experts” can do their best Carnac the Magnificent impressions and try to convince us they see the future clearer than the Oracle in The Matrix, but in the end, they’re just guessing. If we all took their word as gospel, like some of their egos would like us to, the Suns would have won 17 games and had zero meaningful ones over the course of 82.

It’s why the games are actually played. Instead of ping pong balls being the most important ones bouncing to determine the course of the Suns future, it was basketballs. Instead of playing out the string and having 82 meaningless games, this team fought and clawed their way into playoff contention through 81 of them.

Say what you want, but the heart and hustle the Suns showed is what Phoenix loves most in their sports teams. It’s what we’ve all connected with because it reflects who we are as people. We want to believe that hard work and effort pay off in our world. It did for this team even without the playoffs.

Sometimes the best things are the ones you don’t see coming at all.

It paid off in career years for almost every member of the roster. It resulted in Channing Frye playing in every game after missing entire year to an enlarged heart. That hard work proved that Gerald Green and P.J. Tucker belong in the league and as more than just bit players. It unveiled Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe as a lethal backcourt combination and gave a glimpse of just how good Jeff Hornacek and Ryan McDonough are at the jobs they’ve held for less than a year.

The old saying goes, there are many paths that lead to the same destination. While some wanted the Suns to go in a direction that headed south from their 25 wins in 2012-13, the Suns went north. It was a decision that showed that the foundation for a bright future is in place and also gave fans some of the most exciting basketball they’ve seen in years.

So this isn’t the end, but rather the beginning. The beginning of the future. A future that includes a roster of players which proved its value, major cap flexibility, the potential for four first round picks this June and a renewed sense of excitement.

The unforeseen isn’t always an issue. Sometimes it’s exactly what you need. That’s what the 2013-14 Suns were for fans: something they didn’t see coming but exactly what they needed.