Trade update: Sent No. 30 pick Nemanja Nedovic to Golden State for No. 29 pick Archie Goodwin and guard Malcolm Lee.
Areas of Strength
The Suns will at least have the optimism of a new beginning, with Ryan McDonough in as the general manager and a new coach. Now to see how much of the roster will be new. Phoenix has some prospects (Kendall Marshall, twins Marcus and Markieff Morris) and veterans Marcin Gortat, Goran Dragic and Luis Scola. With those chips and two first-round picks this year, McDonough has options.
Everything. The Suns were in the 20s in many offensive categories, defensive columns and rebounding. The chance to have depth, if the young players develop, does not offset the reality that the roster is not a good mix. The fresh start that is coming is obviously needed.
Two Stats That Matter
31 -- Losses by 10 points or more.
8 -- Wins after the All-Star break.
The Way To Go
They're in a decent spot at No. 5, which puts the Suns in range of Victor Oladipo, Anthony Bennett and maybe even Ben McLemore. McLemore is a long shot and would require the Magic passing on him at two for Trey Burke and point-guard need and the Bobcats at four in favor of Oladipo, but landing Oladipo would make June 27 a very successful debut for the new GM.
2012-13 Team Stats (points per 100 possessions, with NBA rank)
Offensive: 98.2 (29th)
Defensive: 105.7 (24th)
F: Michael Beasley
G: Shannon Brown
G: Goran Dragic
G/F: Jared Dudley
F: Channing Frye
C: Martin Gortat
C: Hamed Haddadi (team option)
G: Kendall Marshall
F: Marcus Morris
F: Markieff Morris
F: Luis Scola
F: P.J. Tucker
F: Wesley Johnson (unrestricted)
C: Jermaine O'Neal (unrestricted)
Recent Draft History
2012: Kendall Marshall (13)
2011: Markieff Morris (13)
2010: Gani Lawal (46), Dwayne Collins (60)
2009: Earl Clark (14), Taylor Griffin (48), Emir Preldzic (57)
2008: Robin Lopez (15), Malik Hairston (48)
-- Scott Howard-Cooper