The Phoenix Suns' small forward brigade


It’s become something of a running joke that the Suns are just collecting an army of small forwards to unleash on the league.

In fact if they really wanted to they could probably field a “small forward lineup” to go with all the other versatile lineups Schmitz described last week.

Such a small forward lineup could put Hedo Turkoglu at the point, Josh Childress at the two, Grant Hill at his natural three, Jared Dudley at the four and Earl Clark at the five, and that’s not even including a guy like Hakim Warrick, who has been known as a three for some of his NBA career but will obviously be a four with these Suns.

Therefore it’s no surprise that the Suns made a huge dent in Ball Don’t Lie’s small forward rankings. Although I’m not surprised that Kelly Dwyer ranked four Suns in the top 30 (all of my small forward lineup except Earl), I am surprised that nobody cracks the top 20.

Dwyer tabs Childress at No. 22, Turkoglu at No. 23, Dudley at No. 25 and Hill at No. 29.

It would be strange in the old days for one team to possess so much depth at one position, but when you think about how interchangeable the Suns really are this isn’t much of a surprise. So many guys are multi-positional, and really Turkoglu right now is the starting four and Childress the backup two.

The NBA today really is not about positions but skills, and the Suns possess a creator/shooter three in Hedo, a defense/cutter three in Childress, a defense/shooter three in Dudley and a mid-range/crafty three in Hill. Plus, when you have so many long guys you can also really switch a lot of things on defense.

So it’s hard to say if all of those pieces will mix this season, but if nothing else it won’t be for a lack of small forwards.

Tags: Earl Clark Grant Hill Hedo Turkoglu Jared Dudley Josh Childress

  • KJ Loyalist

    As long as the switching brings less of the zone or a more effective one it all sounds good.

    Even with the current roster setup as it is, it now makes me wish Sarver would have brought in Shaun Livingston and handed him to the warlocks for a year.

    I think Clark really needs some court time and he would be a factor coming up with Lawal at the end of that second unit and into the season after this one, (if a lockout can be avoided)

  • Richard

    I have absolutely no faith in Earl Clark. Here is hoping that he improves in his second year as much as Dragic and Lopez did.

  • Lloyd

    Turkoglu is a good pick up-especially come playoff time where Amare usually disappears.

    One question to ask is; with Amare gone, will we lose out on the pick and roll game? Warrick is a good pick and roll guy, so that is why I would start him at the four (also added size) and Turkoglu at the three.

    Grant Hill would be great off of the bench. Also, don’t be surprised if new GM Blanks doesn’t make a move. Although Turkoglu at the three and Warrick at the four is pretty good.

  • Steve

    I have no faith in Clark either. There are a lot of guys in the league with similar athleticism and far greater skills. Clark doesn’t seem to have the drive to improve either of those facets of his game. His athleticism and size might be enough to keep him in uniform in this league for some time, but he is going to have to drastically improve his game to get some real minutes with any team resembling a contender.

  • Evan

    Clark is not going to play unless its garbage time unless he shows more effort.

  • JasonK

    Eh, typically it’s a sophomore slump in the NBA. I’ll wait ’til year 3 to judge Clark’s game (pending massive improvement in attitude/effort)