The Suns are about 3 weeks away from playing their first preseason game and their starting five is still in question. I wrote an article earlier regarding the Suns starting five and I felt that the Suns starting five would be Goran Dragic, Shannon Brown, Jared Dudley, Luis Scola, and Marcin; and I stand by those picks.
Despite the acquisition of high scoring small forward Michael Beasley I still don’t believe he’ll get the chance to start right away. However I believe as the season progresses Beasley would eventually get a chance at being a starter.
Shannon Brown or Jared Dudley at this point would start over Beasley because both players are coming off better seasons, and both has experience playing in the Suns system. Jared Dudley is pretty much a locked in starter at this point as he’s started 60 games last season and is also coming off a career year posting a career highs is field goal percentage, scoring average, rebounding and PER(Player Efficiency Rating).
The rumor as of late is that 2nd year player Markieff Morris is making great progress and playing at a high level during scrimmages so there would be competition at the power forward spot between Morris and Scola, however because of Scola’s experience in the league he’s all but a locked in starter at least to begin the season.
I stand by my call early this summer when I said the Suns starting five would be Goran Dragic at point guard, Shannon Brown at shooting guard, Jared Dudley at small forward, Luis Scola at power forward and Marcin Gortat at center.
However by the end of the season I believe the Suns line-up would look something like this:
Point Guard: Goran Dragic
Shooting Guard: Jared Dudley
Small Forward: Michael Beasley
Power Forward: Luis Scola
Center: Marcin Gortat
Michael Beasley is coming off a poor season posting career lows in nearly every statistical category, but it’s clear Beasley never wanted to in Minnesota and his production should improve dramatically now that he’s in Phoenix. When Beasley shows Alvin Gentry his ability to score the basketball Gentry will ultimately slide Jared Dudley back to the shooting guard spot and insert Beasley into the starting small forward position. Preseason play will be crucial for the Suns wing players as their play will ultimately determine their spot in the rotation.