The end of the Steve Nash led Suns era has arrived. Over the past 6 seasons the Suns have been one of, if not the most exciting team in basketball, but due to a coaching change, roster shake ups and aging players the fire has been extinguished. For the first time since the 2004 season the Phoenix Suns failed to make the playoffs. They finished the season 46-36, which was good enough for 9th in the West, but 2 games out of the final playoff spot.
Steve Nash, Shaquille O’neal and Grant Hill are past their primes and physically declining with each passing year. GM Steve Kerr thought his seat was hot, but he’s gonna burn when the word ‘rebuilding’ is mentioned. It’s true, the Suns are officially in rebuild mode.
Where do the Suns go from here? Assuming they are able to keep Amare Stoudemire’s ego fed, they need a point guard, small forward and a new big man, basically a new team. All teams go through this phase, now its the Suns turn. A few years ago, they were among the elite teams in the West, but for the next few years, they’ll be bottom dwellers, but eventually the Phoenix will rise again in the land of the Suns.