Previewing the 2013 NBA Season: The Phoenix Suns Starting Back-Court

The Phoenix Suns have put together what could be one of the most difficult starting back-courts to guard. Pairing both Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe together will mean a very fast-paced, very talented guard duo. They acquired Eric Bledsoe in a big trade this past 0ff-season, and they are expecting him to step up and become a key piece for their future.

Goran Dragic will run the point guard position for the Suns this year, and has a very bright future. He had a big season for them last year, despite the poor record, averaging 14.7 points and 7.4 assists per game last season. He’s a very quick guard with great basketball IQ. While he’s not necessarily known for his scoring ability, he’s more than capable of going off for 20-25 points on any given night.

gettydragic2009Dragic does have some areas that need improvement as well, but he’s not that far from being a complete player. His defense is the main area of concern in his game. He’s not able to stay in front of quicker opposing guards, but with hard work on his lateral quickness, that can most certainly change. The other area that we can point to in Dragic’s game is his consistency on offense. He needs to improve his perimeter shooting consistency to make defenses respect his outside shot. Once he’s able to do that, it will open up all the areas of his game that he already has mastered. Forcing defenses to defend against the perimeter will allow him to use his quickness to drive past them to the rim and mid-range area that he loves.

Eric Bledsoe is the most dynamic player on the Suns’ roster heading into the 2013 season, and is expected to put up big numbers. He has served as Chris Paul’s backup for the last couple seasons, and has learned a lot from the superstar point guard. Bledsoe averaged 8.5 points, 3.1 assists, and 3.0 rebounds per game. As you can see by those numbers, he’s a very complete player. Those numbers will all go up with the starting minutes that he’s going to be receiving in Phoenix this year. There are a couple different analysts who believe that Bledsoe will be putting up 18-20 points per game this year, and upping both his rebounds and assists to over 5 per game. Those are obviously big numbers, but Bledsoe is the type of player who could very well do just that.

He’s a very athletic guard with lightning quick speed. His defense does need to improve a bit, but it’s very solid as well. With more playing time, his average of 1.4 steals per game will go up as well. Every single stat that you can look at of Bledsoe’s looks great for being a back-up point guard. He’s one of the most complete players that are just 23 years of age in the NBA. That being said, we haven’t seen what Bledsoe is capable of doing as a starter each and every night. A large burden is going to be placed on him to be one of the leaders for the Suns this season, and we’ll have to wait and see just how he’s able to step up and shoulder that burden.

Both of these guys are going to be co-leaders of this 2013 Phoenix Suns team. They are going to have to lead the Suns in scoring, and set up their teammates in good positions to produce themselves. That being said, neither one of them have proven that they can lead a team to wins. Obviously, this team is not filled with the necessary pieces to compete for a Playoff position this year, but we will most certainly see whether or not these two guys are capable of co-existing and leading a team together.

Evan Massey is the Lead Editor at Hoops-Nation. Follow Evan and Hoops-Nation on Twitter.

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