The Suns will start a new chapter this season after the departure of Steve Nash. The famous seven seconds or less offense that revolutionized the NBA lead by Mike D’Antoni and Steve Nash back in 2004. Even after D’Antoni left, Alvin Gentry kept the explosive offense running and it was just as successful however that pretty much came to an end after Stoudemire’s departure.
In reality the seven seconds or less offense haven’t been the same since Amar’e Stoudemire bolted for New York after the Suns Cinderella run to the western conference finals back in 2010. Even though the Suns were able to keep Nash after that run, the Suns just simply failed to replace the dynamic scoring of Stoudemire which ultimately lead to the dethroning of the Suns as the league’s highest scoring team as they dropped to 4th the 2010-2011 season and 8th last season.
Now that Nash is gone it should be expect the offense to slow down even more so with addition of a great low-post scorer Luis Scola. It should be expected that the Suns will run more of their offense through the post. There’s no doubt in my mind that the Suns will still be one of the better offensive teams in the NBA but they won’t be the Suns teams that dropped 110 night in and night out.
Rookie Kendall Marshall will play a huge role in the Suns offense as Marshall lead the dynamic run-n-gun offense during his two years at North Carolina which was a huge success. Marshall’s ability to push the ball in transition is remarkable, if anyone watch the Suns final summer league game Marshall did just that. Marshall dominated the game by controlling the pace, making the right passes, pushing the ball in transition, and wasn’t hesitant to shoot when he was open. Marshall won’t be playing 30 minutes a night but when he comes in the game, expect the pace to speed up.
Clearly the Suns would still love to run, it’s what they do, it’s what their known for, it’s what they’ve done for the past 8 seasons; however at this point the just don’t have the tools to do so. They don’t have an all-star high flyer running the wing; they don’t have a dynamic finisher on the inside. I’m sure the Suns will still try to push the ball as much as they can but fact of the matter is they are no longer the same team that Suns fans are accustomed to.
The Suns had a tough time the past couple of seasons figuring out their “Identity”. Well this season is no different; the Suns will have to figure out what their identity on the offensive end. Alvin Gentry and his staff will have their hands full this time around, if they thought it was tough the past couple seasons imagine what that process is going to be like now without one of the greatest point guards ever being the coach of floor.