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    Default Contender/Pretender Vol. 23 - Phoenix Suns

    Starters:

    PG: Steve Nash
    SG: Joe Johnson
    SF: Quenin Richardson
    PF: Shawn Marion
    C: Amare Stoudemire

    Bench:

    Leandrinho Barbosa
    Zarko Cabarkapa
    Derrick Dial
    Howard Eisley
    Steven Hunter
    Casey Jacobsen
    Maciej Lampe
    Paul Shirley
    Justin Rowe
    Yuta Tabuse
    Joke Voskuhl
    Jackson Vroman

    Coach: Mike D'Antoni

    Re-Signed: (None)
    In: Steve Nash (G), Quentin Richardson (G), Jackson Vroman (F/C), Steven Hunter (F/C)
    Out: Antonio McDyess (F)
    Remaining Free Agents: Keon Clark, Donnell Harvey
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    Default Re: Contender/Pretender Vol. 23 - Phoenix Suns

    Somehow I doubt the small lineup strategy of the Suns will work in the West. In the East, they'd have a solid team, but unless Barbosa and Cabarkapa (the real future of the team, along with Stoudemire) are allowed to play more, I don't see them going very far. The west is too good. If they make the playoffs, it'll be with the 7th or 8th seed and will lose to the 1st or 2nd team.
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    Default Re: Contender/Pretender Vol. 23 - Phoenix Suns

    I think you listed the Suns 5 best players but I don't think that will be the starting unit.

    I think Voskuhl will start the season at center. Vroman, when healthy might challenge that later in the year.

    That would leave Stoudemire at 4 & Marion at 3.

    Richardson starts at 2 with Johnson as the first guy off the bench at either the 2 or 3.

    Barbosa will be ready when Nash wears down.

    I like Cabarkapa too but he is stuck behind Marion & Johnson at the 3. He's not nearly strong enough to play the 4.

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    Default Re: Contender/Pretender Vol. 23 - Phoenix Suns

    I just listed the starters that I found on Hoopshype's depth charts, though I have heard rumors that the Suns will be playing a 3 guard lineup for much of the time...

    I think it would be smarter to start Voshkul though, and it is probably not decided yet who the starters will be.
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    Default Re: Contender/Pretender Vol. 23 - Phoenix Suns

    Lots of sportswriters have been calling the Suns a playoff team. I'm not 100% convinced though I think they'll be improved.

    We'll have the chance to see just how good Steve Nash really is. Is he a huge difference-maker? Or was the Dallas team, with all those scoring options, just an ideal situation for him?
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