Assuming that Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns can reach an agreement, the team’s backcourt will be among the best in the NBA. Amin Elhassan of ESPN.com ranked the top backcourts and the Suns come in 4th on that list.
It is worth noting however that Elhassan thinks that the Bledsoe and Goran Dragic combination will come down a tad from their fantastic play of last season. Here is what was said by Elhassan about the two guard pairing.
The unconventional union of two point guards in a starting backcourt was met with skepticism this past summer; much of that perception is colored by the influence of football, in which a team with two starting-caliber quarterbacks is labeled a “controversy.” For the Suns, the marriage worked splendidly (in the time both Dragic and Bledsoe were healthy) for several reasons:
• Both players had had extensive time prior to 2013-14 playing off-ball alongside another point guard: Dragic with Steve Nash in Phoenix and then Kyle Lowry in Houston, and Bledsoe with Paul in Los Angeles and Wall at Kentucky. That prior experience made playing alongside each other a lot more natural.
• Both players are above-average defenders who, because of their previous time playing off-ball, were accustomed to guarding larger players (shooting guards) for stints.
• The simplicity of the Suns’ playbook allowed each player to not overthink positioning when off-ball.
The brevity of their time together (they appeared in just 38 games together) takes them down some in these rankings, but the bigger demerit is the impending issues of the upcoming season. Bledsoe remains unsigned and at this point appears to be headed to a deal that is not to his liking (whether it’s the Suns’ four-year, $48 million deal or the qualifying offer). Combined with the offseason addition of Isaiah Thomas (another starting-caliber point guard) and the loss ofChanning Frye (whose gravity as a shooter provided much of the spacing needed for the two-PG dribble drive offense), and it’s very likely the Suns will not recapture the magic of the past season.