Phoenix Suns 2014-15 Franchise Outlook

The Suns have risen in the West. If only the Suns rose in the Eastern Conference, then last year could have ended so much differently. Yet here we are after Phoenix landed 9th in the rigorous Western Conference with a record that would have been good for a tie for third in the somewhat downtrodden East. It’s a tough break for a team that was expected to flounder, and yet somehow...
Via The Lottery Mafia
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Phoenix Suns: Trading Eric Bledsoe To Detroit

Phoenix Suns: Trading Eric Bledsoe To Detroit By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff… Phoenix Gets: Greg Monroe (Sign and Trade) Detroit Gets: Eric Bledsoe (Sign and Trade) The Phoenix Suns cannot re-sign their best player, point guard Eric Bledsoe. With 2 more excellent point guards on the roster and with Bledsoe a restricted free agent, it is very difficult for him to...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Phoenix Suns: What is their Biggest Weakness?

Phoenix Suns: What is their Biggest Weakness? By Troy Tauscher: Staff Writer/Hoopstuff… The Phoenix Suns helped secure offensive productivity from their bench squad by adding Isaiah Thomas. The Suns also have a solid group of perimeter defenders, ranking 2nd in opponent three-point percentage last season. However, when defending close to the hoop, the Suns fall flat. The Suns allowed...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Five NBA free agent deals that should be made

Every year, when the calendar flips from July to August, free agency winds down to a stop—not because of any official deadline, but because teams have filled up their rosters and/or salary caps, and because few desirable free agents remain untaken on the open market. Even though all of the league's premier stars—well, except for Eric Bledsoe—have been signed to long-term...
Via The Sports Post
August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Warren makes stellar impression with Summer League Suns

PHOENIX -- In 2013, what happened for the Suns in Vegas didn't stay there. And that was a good thing. The rise of the Morris twins in the NBA Summer League continued in Phoenix, and P.J. Tucker went directly from The Strip to the Suns' starting lineup. Things were more forgettable this season, although it's unwise to go all-in on anything that happens while working against...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Suns Injury Update: Alex Len out with a broken finger

The Phoenix Suns entered the summer having won 48 games this past season, missing the playoffs by a single game. Although seventh in the league in scoring, the Suns struggled defensively, giving up 102.6 points per game, 21st in the NBA. One player the Suns are hoping can shore up the defense in the middle is center Alex Len, who could earn more playing time next season. The bad...
Via Sports Injury Alert
July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Len out with broken finger

Suns center Alex Len will miss the remainder of summer league with a fracture to his pinkie finger on his right hand. He will be evaluated in Phoenix. The fifth overall pick of the 2013 draft, Len played in 42 games and averaged 2 points and 2.4 rebounds in his rookie season. In his one summer league appearance against the Warriors on Saturday, Len had six points, six rebounds and...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
July 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Broken finger ends Phoenix Suns center Alex Len's summer league

What was supposed to be an important NBA Summer League for Suns center Alex Len is already over. Len broke his right pinky finger when it got caught in an opponent's jersey during his summer league debut Saturday night at Cox Pavilion. He will miss the rest of summer league play and have the finger examined in Phoenix on Monday. Len could not participate in summer league last...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Suns center Alex Len ready for summer school

Last season's NBA Summer League laid an ideal foundation for a newly constructed Suns team to begin building its eventual success. Alex Len is ready for his turn. After surgeries on each ankle following the end of his collegiate career last year, Len lost the usual rookie opportunity at the Summer League to get the NBA equivalent of new employee orientation. Unable to do much...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Len hopes to turn observations into results

PHOENIX -- When contemplating the underrated art of mimicry, we could do a lot worse than solicit input from a wide-eyed kid. The gift of imitation rarely is wasted on the young. In Alex Len, the Suns have a youngster who now is attempting to replicate the maneuvers he studied while sitting on the bench during his rookie season. And even though the Suns would have preferred to have...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Suns all set to start summer league play

  The official roster was announced for the 2014 Phoenix Suns summer league team and it looks like a great one. Last years first round picks Archie Goodwin and Alex Len headline the roster as well as starting center Miles Plumlee, guard Dionte Christmas and this years first rounders T.J. Warren and Tyler Ennis. Another pair of picks in Alec Brown and Alex Oriakhi, second rounders...
Via Phoenix Sports-Kings
July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Suns free-agent options not limited to Plan A-plus

Plan A is a doozy. In fact, the Suns' reported strategy for seizing the jackpot during the NBA's 2014 Free Agent derby is optimistic enough to be considered Plan A-plus. But until a substantiated report of LeBron James reciprocating the Suns' interest in hiring him surfaces, let's try to remain calm. While we're at it, a look at a few Plan-B considerations should...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Suns spotting up from long range in search for game-changer

PHOENIX -- The draft-preparation process includes various methods to determine which selections will bear proper fruit. For the Suns, who hold three first-round selections in Thursday's quest for talent, ripeness can be a crucial issue. "We're never going to take the low-hanging fruit," General Manager Ryan McDonough said, "and just sign a guy because he can...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Phoenix Suns: Three targets in the NBA Draft

The Suns are in a position most teams would kill to be in–they are loaded with potentially six 1st round draft picks in the next two years. What to do with all of them will be the challenge for General Manager Ryan McDonough. Last year in his first Draft as the GM he (McDonough) took Alex Len fifth overall. Len disappointed in his first year and was injury-plagued throughout the...
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

5 NBA Trades For The Cleveland Cavaliers’ 1st Pick

5 NBA Trades For The Draft’s 1st Pick By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff… The Cleveland Cavaliers won the Draft Lottery and one of the best assets the NBA has seen in a long time, the 1st pick in this offseason’s draft. There are 3 elite prospects in this draft; Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid and Jabari Parker, who should all become NBA All Stars and 3 of the best...
Via HoopStuff
May 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Suns don't get lucky, but options remain plentiful

Tuesday night's karma-balancing variables for the Suns were the Morris twins and the percentage of 1.8. For the record, that number does not suggest the statistical probability of Markieff or Marcus passing the basketball to anyone not named Morris. Anyway, with the twins representing the franchise at the NBA Draft Lottery event, the Suns quickly checked in where they expected...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NBA Summer League Dates Announced

When you think of Summer you think of the Sun. This Summer will be no different as the dates for the 2014 NBA Summer League have been announced and the Phoenix Suns look to redeem themselves after coming one game away from a perfect Summer League season just one year ago when they went undefeated all the way to the championship game and were denied by the Golden State Warriors...
Via Phoenix Sports-Kings
May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Rival execs weigh in on Suns' possible trade chips

While a summer with the potential for possible roster upgrades seems to be approaching at an exaggerated crawl, the Suns are managing to inspire considerable curiosity around the league. "They're pretty good already," one league personnel executive said this week, "but their recent history makes them seem capable of being equally aggressive this offseason."...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Potential Breakout Suns of 2014

Photo credit: The 2013-14 season was a breakout season for just about everyone on the Suns roster, as career highs were met practically across the board. The team enjoyed its most successful season in years because of it, winning 48 games and barely missing the playoffs in the rough and tumble Western conference. Some may think that the Phoenix Suns simply overachieved...
Via Phoenix Sports-Kings
April 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Phoenix Suns: Season Grade and Review

Phoenix Suns: Season Grade and Review By Josh Morgan: VP and Director of Content… Record: 48-34 9th in the West Analysis: No one told the Suns they were supposed to tank this season in order to get one of the prized rookies next season. They started off very well and appeared to be on their way to the playoffs but were derailed thanks to an injury to new star and franchise cornerstone...
Via HoopStuff
April 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Suns' future strategy suggests no early exits

PHOENIX -- The Suns players that unwittingly invited staggeringly low expectations about seven months ago spent part of their Thursday meeting with coaches and collecting personal effects. They also invested a few moments fielding inquiries from a large gathering of local reporters. This volume of interest in how the participants perceived this galvanizing -- but ultimately disappointing...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

The Starting Five: Playoff preview edition

While critics are calling out Kobe Bryant for traveling, let's begin our playoff preview edition of The Starting Five. FIRST-ROUND SERIES TO WATCH We have the Memphis Grizzlies and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the opening round? We'd take that in the Western Conference finals. But thanks to Marc Gasol's left knee strain, the Grizzlies -- who knocked off OKC to reach the...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Suns spots: 5 speed bumps on express lane to playoffs

PHOENIX -- Now that the Suns have secured the Western Conference's ninth seed, let's look at some of the reasons why they're also a near lock for the 14th seed in the draft lottery. NO BIG STARS IN PHOENIX SKY Although Goran Dragic made a strong case for All-Star inclusion and Eric Bledsoe took a few star turns, the Suns don't have an elite player. And the national...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

The Suns playoff dreams set

One of the best stories in the NBA came to a shocking and disappointing close Monday night in Phoenix. In a battle that had a direct bearing on the eighth seed in the Western Conference, the final Playoff spot remaining to be set, the Suns fell short against a team they have struggled with all year. The Grizzlies left no doubt in bulldozing through the Suns in the final moments of...
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April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

The Suns playoff dreams set

One of the best stories in the NBA came to a shocking and disappointing close Monday night in Phoenix. In a battle that had a direct bearing on the eighth seed in the Western Conference, the final Playoff spot remaining to be set, the Suns fell short against a team they have struggled with all year. The Grizzlies left no doubt in bulldozing through the Suns in the final moments of...
Via Crossover Chronicles
April 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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