Sunday, September 28, 2014

Eric Bledsoe and Zoran Dragic Both Sign with the Suns

Eric Bledsoe and Zoran Dragic have both signed with the Phoenix Suns.

Along with Eric Bledsoe and Zoran Dragic the Suns also have Isaiah Thomas, Gordon Dragic, Tyler Ennis, and Archie Goodwin.  It seems like they are trying to hoard all of the leagues best guards.  It would not come by surprise if the Suns traded away a guard or two to create more open minutes to their young guards.  

Bledsoe has finally resigned after a long summer of negotiating a new contract.  The Suns signed him to a 5 year $70 million contract.  This is a win win situation for both parties.  Bledsoe was expected to sign a one year qualifying offer of $3.7 million this Friday, but now he finally got the long-term deal he was waiting for.  For the Suns they benefit by locking up Bledsoe for the long term.  He is one of the best point guards in the NBA.  The guard described as "Mini LeBron" averaged 17.7 PPG and 5.5 APG last season.  His numbers certainly justify the highest contract signed by any free agent this summer.

The Suns also signed Zoran Dragic today.  Dragic is the brother to Suns point guard Gordon Dragic.  Zoran played on the Slovenian National team at the FIBA World Cup over the summer.  He averaged 12.9 PPG over the summer.  Although he is a talented guard, he probably won't get many minutes in the Suns loaded back court this season.

The Phoenix Suns are going to be one of the premier teams in the NBA this season.  They are going to have the best back court in the league this year with Dragic, Thomas, and Bledsoe.  Last season the Suns big three averaged 58.3 PPG combined.  Their guard play provide a little over half their points this season if they can keep scoring the ball that well.  It will be interesting to see which one of the big three does not start this season.  Dragic and Bledsoe will most likely start though, with Thomas coming off the bench as the sixth-man.  The Suns also have Gerald Green and P.J. Tucker at the small forward spot.  Green is one of the most athletic scorers in the league who leaves fans in awe with his high-flying acrobatic dunks.  He can also provide a great scoring threat from the perimeter. Tucker is a dependable small forward who does a little bit of everything for Phoenix last season.  On the other side their front-court is composed of Miles Plumlee,  Marcus Morris, and Markieff Morris.  Plumlee is a double-double machine and cleans up the glass for the Suns.  He is one of the best young talented big men in the league.  The Morris twins both are solid forwards with a well rounded game.  Phoenix  also has rookies Tyler Ennis and T.J. Warren.  Warren scores the ball with ease and averaged 24.9 PPG last season with NC State. Warren's style of play is going to have to change to adapt to the NBA, but he makes a great fit with the Suns.  He is loaded with potential and could explode scoring the ball this year.  The other rookie, Tyler Ennis probably won't get much playing time this year because of the star-studded back-court.  Phoenix is loaded with talent and a deep bench.  This will be a huge plus for them this season.

The Suns are one of the funnest teams to watch in league with their high tempo and athletic style of play.  They missed the playoffs by a few games last season and are looking to turn their fortune around this season.  The Suns will start their playoff pursuit against the Lakers on Oct. 29.  This season they know every win counts and won't take any nights off.  Watch out for the Suns come opening night as they are going to be a team to watch all year long.

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