Throughout last season the Suns lacked quality wing scorers, but after this off-season their filled with weapons on the wing by adding a dynamic scorer in Michael Beasley, high flyer Wesley Johnson, signing swingman P.J Tucker, and resigning versatile combo guard Shannon Brown. Not to mention the Suns still have Jared Dudley. This leaves most of us wondering who of those five guys will get to start.
Jared Dudley had a solid season last year and will likely retain his starting spot at least to start the year. Dudley’s hustle and energy as well his ability to shoot the long ball will prove to be a value this year as it was the last. However Shannon Brown may be a threat to take J.D’s spot due to the success he had as the Suns starter last season averaging 16 points a game as a starter compared to Dudley’s 14.
Michael Beasley is easily the Suns’ best acquisition this off-season and the Suns’ definitely didn’t give him a 3 year 18M contract for him to come off the bench. Bottom line is that the battle for the final starting spot will be between Brown and Beasley. Dudley spent most of last season playing at the shooting guard spot and certainly he’s capable of playing there but his natural position is the small forward spot. Dudley also took over for Grant Hill at the small forward spot when Hill went down with an injury.
Beasley will need to impressive in training camp and pre-season in order to be a starter over Brown. Brown had already proven to be a solid starter and Beasley may still need time to get use to the Suns offensive system. Although I do expect Beasley to start for the Suns in the long run.
The Suns have a long season coming up and it’s definitely going to be a rough one. This will be the first time since the 2003-2004 season that the Suns starting point guard isn’t Steve Nash. As good as Goran Dragic is he’s not Nash. It’ll be interesting to see how competitive the Suns will be this year but this off-season they’ve certainly put themselves in a position to succeed in the near future with all the moves they’ve made. But if I had to guess I’d think the Suns bring Beasley off the bench to start the year but by the end of the year he’ll be the starter, I’d assume the Suns starting line-up to look like this to start the season:
Point Guard: Goran Dragic
Shooting Guard: Shannon Brown
Center: Marcin Gortat
Small Forward: Jared Dudley
Power Forward: Luis Scola