Welcome to a new era of Phoenix Suns basketball.
Trade acquisitions Jason Richardson and Jared Dudley will suit up as Phoenix Suns for the first time when the Suns host the streaking Magic.
The Suns will still be without center Shaquille O’Neal so expect a bit of small ball, as hopefully Phoenix will attempt to run Orlando out of the gym like the good old days.
I’d love to see how a Nash-Barbosa-Richardson-Barnes-Amare type of lineup would look, and in any case it will be interesting to see how head coach Terry Porter handles his rotation after the trade.
It’s too bad the Suns won’t have Shaq around to bang against Magic superstar Dwight Howard, who averages 21.2 points per game and leads the NBA with 14.5 boards per contest and 4.0 blocks per game. There’s no way Amare or Robin Lopez will be able to handle him, so let’s just hope Howard doesn’t go for a double double-double.
Here’s Amare’s chance to prove he belongs among the “Dwights” of the league in terms of all phases of his game, offense, defense and most importantly against Howard, rebounding.
The Magic have been playing incredible basketball, winning four in a row after becoming the first team to win in Portland all season on Tuesday. Orlando has won 17 of 20 overall since losing its first two games to start the season.
All in all, things should be interesting to see how the Suns’ new pieces fit together. Since J-Rich and Dudley literally just came into town and don’t know anything about the Suns’ plays right now, I would not expect greatness right away, but we should be able to see glimpses of how this club will eventually come together.