Nov 24, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Phoenix Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek points against the Orlando Magic during the second quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Which 3 Players Need to Step Up for the Suns in Bledsoe’s Absence?


Jan 7, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Phoenix Suns power forward Markieff Morris (right) is defended by Chicago Bulls power forward Taj Gibson (22) during the first quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

With Suns guard Eric Bledsoe undergoing surgery on his knee today, which will keep him sidelined for quite a while, someone needs to step up for the Suns to continue winning.

But who?

3. Markieff Morris:

With Bledsoe out, Gerald Green moves to starting shooting guard, meaning there isn’t much offense coming from the second unit. That is where Markieff Morris comes in. The offense needs to run through the former Western Conference Player of the Month. He needs to hit a whole new level of efficiency, including operating more out of the post.

2. Goran Dragic:

Even though Dragic is already the Suns’ leading scorer at 19.1 points per game, he is going to have to have an even bigger load put on him to stabilize the offense, since Bledsoe can’t be in there. The Dragon is averaging 34.9 minutes per game, but until Bledsoe is back or Barbosa is ready, he will have to probably play near 38 minutes to keep Phoenix afloat.

1. Leandro Barbosa:

While the Brazilian Blur played pretty well in his limited 13 minutes Wednesday, he will need to get to a whole new level. It is still to be seen whether the Suns will sign him for the rest of the season. However, if they do, his improvement will be key to the Suns’ success. He needs to get back into shape and hopefully his shot has improved since his last stint with Phoenix. It wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t great either.

While everyone on the team now needs to make good decisions and make up for Bledsoe’s production, Markieff Morris, Goran Dragic and Leandro Barbosa need to specifically step up to keep the Suns on the winning track.

What do you think?


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