Sep 30, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Channing Frye poses for a portrait during media day at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Takeaways From First (real) Suns Preseason Game

As the Suns continue to gear up for the season, the competition gets stiffer. The Suns squad destroyed the foreign team, Maccabi Haifa and in their first matchup with actual NBA-caliber talent didn’t slow down much as they beat Portland 104-98.

While it is only preseason, there are some insights to be had if you look hard enough.

    • Channing Frye is awesome! The former Arizona Wildcat put up 14 points in Portland, even though we previously thought he would not be able contribute until December. Now it seems likely Frye can and will even more, sooner rather than later.

    #Suns Frye had projected a December return, but “That’s too late. We’ll cancel that. I just continue to push myself and here I am.”

    — Craig Grialou (@Craig620) October 11, 2013

    #Suns Hornacek on Frye, “He continues to surprise us in his comeback. I don’t see why he won’t be ready start of the season.”

    — Craig Grialou (@Craig620) October 11, 2013

    In fact, I think Frye could supplant Markieff Morris as the starting power forward unless Morris can show coach Hornacek something on the court that would make him second guess playing the veteran Frye as a starter.

    • Markieff’s twin brother Marcus is going to be in a battle. He, P.J. Tucker and newcomer Gerald Green are all small forwards, vying for a starting spot. Tucker was the starter for most of last year, always brings the hustle and bas the most seniority. Green is easily the most athletic and has been displaying his talent thus far in training camp and in the preseason. Meanwhile, Marcus Morris threw his hat in the ring with his performance in Portland on Wednesday with his 15 points, second only to Dragic, while adding seven boards.

     

    • The two first-round rookies struggled as they both had a negative plus/minus and combined for six points (all Goodwin). However, that’s what you expect from young players – inconsistency. You drafted them for their talent and as you nurture that talent, they become experienced and their play evens out as you get off that roller-coaster and the player’s game becomes more even-keeled.

    Len got into foul trouble, he got his four fouls earlier than Hornacek probably would like which probably forced him to sit on the bench. This seems to happen to young frontcourt players.

    Woah, Len w/a foul every 2 mins! Most rookie big men can’t help themselves. The difference in height/weight/experience gets them beat->foul.

    — Eric Saar (@Eric_Saar) October 10, 2013

    @Eric_Saar True and him sitting out all summer certainly doesn’t help.

    — Kevin Zimmerman (@offensivelyfoul) October 10, 2013

    Len not used to this speed. Too many fouls after slow reactions.

    — Kevin Zimmerman (@offensivelyfoul) October 10, 2013

    Phoenix plays next on Sunday in San Antonio.

     

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