February 17, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Phoenix Suns head coach Alvin Gentry watches game action against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

Can the Suns make the playoffs?

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The Suns has missed the playoffs 3 of the last 4 seasons, and also missed the last two. The Suns are one of the most winning franchise in the league ranking 5th among all teams in regular season winning percentage. Year in and year out the Suns are almost staples for the playoffs. After the biggest off-season in years for the Suns, moving on from the Steve Nash era and hauling in a bunch of young players as well as a couple of veterans, are the Suns capable of making the playoffs?

As a Suns fan I’m saying and hoping yes. For several reasons, the first being I’m tired of not seeing my Suns in the playoffs. Secondly with now a young team playoff experience is very valuable. Third and lastly! Even if the Suns fail to make the playoffs they won’t be bad enough to grab a high lottery pick instead they’ll once again get a late lottery pick which usually doesn’t turn into a superstar. Personally even though I was happy about all the Suns signings this off-season I felt they went a little overboard and once again put themselves in that position where they are a borderline playoff team and if they don’t make it they don’t get a high draft pick. History shows unless you get really lucky, you have to bottom out to go back up.

As a realist I’m going to have to say no the Suns don’t make the playoffs simply because aside from the 7 teams Lakers, Clippers, Spurs, Thunders, Grizzlies, Mavericks, and Nuggets who are all but locked up a playoff spot there are better teams than the Suns. The Suns also has a lot of new players which would require time for everyone to gel together and develop good chemistry, but hey crazier things have happened. Who knows, maybe Michael Beasley will play at the all-star level he’s capable of, Goran Dragic will play even better than he did in Houston and maybe Wesley Johnson will play like the 4th pick in the draft. Then again that’s all just wishful thinking.

I expect that if the Suns aren’t a competitive team by all-star break, the Suns front office will certainly make some moves to acquire more draft picks and just bottom out so they have a better chance to get lucky come the end of May at the draft lottery. Keep in mind the Suns still have cap flexibility come next off-season and maybe they can steal James Harden from Oklahoma City, steal Chris Paul, hell maybe they can even steal Dwight Howard or Andrew Bynum. But then again all of that is wishful thinking too.

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