67RIEFNS No. 57: Suns’ many point guards


The NBA is full of talent, personality and suspense. During the offseason, It’s easy to forget how wonderful the league can be. So, I’ve assembled 67 Reasons I’m Excited For Next Season (67RIEFNS). They’ll be presented in no particular order.

In this series, I’ve already written about Goran Dragic playing in the spotlight and Isaiah Thomas seeking revenge.

But that only cracks the surface of Phoenix’s point guards.

The Suns, after an offseason of uncertainty, re-signed Eric Bledsoe. Bledsoe is an efficient scorer and awesome defender. He can stick in front of anyone on the perimeter. Few guards match his two-way skills, and he’s developed valuable chemistry with Dragic.

Phoenix also drafted Tyler Ennis from Syracuse in the first round. Ennis just knows how to play. He sees the court well and makes good decisions with the ball. He reportedly struggled in pre-draft workouts, which should justifiably raise questions about his athleticism. But, to me, his in-game savvy outweighs those concerns.

Between Dragic, Bledsoe, Thomas and Ennis, the Suns can use two point guards simultaneously as much as they want – a scary proposition for opposing defenses.

Phoenix coach Jeff Hornacek, whose team played at its fastest tempo in five years last season, wants to go even faster this year. Deploying two point guards more often should help a great deal. Either can take the ball and go.

Those two-point guard lineups often give up something defensively. Ennis, especially coming from Syracuse, will likely struggle on that end as a rookie. Thomas is not as pesky as you’d hope. But Dragic is big enough to hold his own, and Bledsoe is a downright defensive star.

The Suns’ point guards should defend well enough to allow themselves to focus on what they do best – push the pace, find open players and knock down shots. Phoenix’s stockpile of point guards is going to create one fun offense.