The 2012-13 season has come to a merciful close for the Phoenix Suns. The inevitable has become the reality. The concrete has hardened, solidifying Phoenix as one of the year’s worst teams.
Whatever metaphor you want to use everybody involved with the organization, including players, coaches, management and fans are probably glad this season is finally over.
They finished the year with a 25-57 record which would be a franchise-worst if not for the 1968-69 inaugural team that went 16-66. Their miserable record this season places them right smack in the middle of the lottery with the fourth-worst win percentage and an 11.9 percent chance at winning the number one pick.
Unfortunately, everything went wrong last night, causing the short term future for the organization to be less bright. With Utah and Cleveland losing, Phoenix lost 16 spots in the upcoming draft. Instead of getting the Laker’s 14th pick, we get Miami’s 30th. Also, we lost the third overall pick to the Cavaliers and have to settle with the fourth, and in this draft I think that is a big deal.
However, I think that the long-term future has been helped by these recent seemingly-detrimental occurrences. Regardless of exactly whom we draft this season, they won’t make a spectacular affect on the fortunes of the team, whether or not they are a phenomenal player.
Take Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers for example. He is barely 21 and has only been the league for two years, now that the season is over. He is an amazing player and already earned an all-star berth at his young age and experience level. However, they still were worse than the Suns. The rest of the team was bad enough to warrant such a dismal record that with injuries, resulted in them getting great draft position.
Hopefully, the same thing happens in the valley of the sun. We need to get a difference-maker on the roster that doesn’t affect our ability to play badly, but the management needs to clear cap-space for 2014 and prepare for that year’s draft which includes high school superstars such as, Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Ruben Randle.
That is the silver lining that I’m talking about in regards to the Laker’s cruel joke of being terrible all season, losing Kobe to injury and still barely making the playoffs to spite one of their rivals. The only other silver lining for Suns fans in L.A. making the postseason is to see by how many points our other rival, the San Antonio Spurs, can blow them out by on their way to a gentleman’s sweep (which is letting the opponent win one game for pride, but is really the other team summoning enough grit, heart, and hot shooting to steal a game).