You have to make the match first, to acquire a ring. And the Phoenix Suns understand better than anybody how difficult that can be.
Forty-eight wins did not get the work done this past year, but the Suns, undaunted, will provide the punishing Western Conference another crack in 2014-15. This time around, they’ll have Isaiah Thomas rounding out a mortal three-guard spinning that–hopefully–will also incorporate the recently paid Eric Bledsoe for a full season.
Goran Dragic has been an elite performer last year, and he will seem to replicate the most remarkable individual offensive season we’ve seen in the post-Steve Nash Suns era.
Channing Frye’s departure to the Orlando Magic will hamper Phoenix’s spacing on crime, but the team which led the NBA in fast-break points per year ago may play with enough speed to make up for this loss.
The bad news is that the Suns could have yet another excellent season and still fall short of the playoffs. The good news is they have sufficient cap flexibility to re-sign Dragic next summer and pursue a major free agent who could place them on the top.
This season will probably be too much fun to term a throwaway, but the truth is the Suns are a year away from actually raising their own profile.

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