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Clyde Drexler thinks the Suns will make playoffs. This year.

Sep 26, 2012, 1:28 AM EDT

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Steve Nash is gone. Grant Hill is gone. Michael Beasley is going to be picking up a lot of the scoring slack. Channing Frye is now likely out for the season.

It’s going to be a rough season for the rebuilding Suns… unless you ask Clyde Drexler.

Drexler is the one Suns true believer. He thinks that even though this team missed the playoffs with that Nash guy last season they are going to be better this season without him. Here is what he told Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic.

“They’ve got a real team now,” Drexler said in initiating a discussion about the Suns while attending the Jerry Colangelo Basketball Hall of Fame Golf Classic in Litchfield Park last week. “They can really play. You already got (Marcin) Gortat. Now, you got (Luis) Scola. You got (Goran) Dragic. And you got (Michael) Beasley. You’ve got three new starters coming in who can play.”

The Glide is right, the Suns totally didn’t have a real team with Nash because he broke out of the flow of the offense all the time to run a lot of iso-Nash. You know how he’s the big dog and has to pile up his numbers, then everybody else can get the scraps.

So, next Coro says that most experts think the Suns are about the 12-14 seed in the West. Maybe better than only the Kings.

“Are you kidding me? If they don’t get the fourth or fifth playoff spot, I’m not standing before you. They’re big. They’re athletic. They know how to play.”

Somebody that knows Drexler and wants a free lunch should bet him on this stuff. It’s easy money.

The Suns are not going to be quite as bad as some predict, but still, a playoff team? I’m sure stranger things have happened, but I can’t think of one off the top of my head.

  1. phx1311 - Sep 26, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    didn’t all the “experts” think the az cardinals would be horrible so nobody in az really cares what you or anyone else thinks about our teams.

  2. moseskkim - Sep 26, 2012 at 2:22 AM

    Houston nearly made the playoffs last year. Post Lowry injury, the two best players from that team are on the suns. Add Gortats 15/10, Dudley’s solid play, beasleys scoring.. It’s very possible they make the playoffs. Now Clyde is just crazy saying that they’ll be a 5-6 seed. They’ll be fighting for those spots with minny, Dallas, Utah. Those teams aren’t wildly good so playoffs are possible.

    • danfrommv - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:56 AM

      I don’t think Gortat will average 15/10 without Nash. More like 12/8.

      • moseskkim - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:37 AM

        Dragic averaged 8.5 assists as a starting guard last year and Houston played at a slower pace. He is more than capable of setting up gortat. And I don’t see why Gortats rebounding will go down Just because Nash is gone.. With scola around, it should be over 10.

  3. hpe0atd - Sep 26, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    Well that’s the NFL..and it’s three games.that being said, the cards have an elite defense and that means a lot the league today…especially to a dolphins fan who is suffering with that thing.

    The suns have a lot of food young players but the West is too deep and the season is too long when you don’t have at least a star..and there’s is Michael Beasley..nuff said

    • mgdsquiggy17 - Sep 26, 2012 at 10:13 AM

      uhm no they have a good defense… to be an elite defense you need to actually sustain it for a period of time (not 3 games).

  4. klownboy - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Poor guy must have taken a few too many shots to his head…

  5. eventhorizon04 - Sep 26, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    1. He never said that Nash was the reason why last year, they weren’t a real team, so I don’t get the sarcastic, “Oh, he must think Nash went iso all the time last year.”

    2. In Nash’s prime, the idea that losing Nash but gaining 3 new starters would be a net positive would be crazy. However, Nash at AGE 38 is not Nash at age 28. It is very possible that adding Scola and Beasley to Gortat creates a pretty gifted front-court (at least offensively). While Dragic entering his prime is nowhere near Nash in his prime, look at Dragic’s numbers – they’re worse, but not THAT much worse than Nash’s numbers last year.

    • eventhorizon04 - Sep 26, 2012 at 10:04 AM

      I’m just saying, don’t be surprised if the Suns this year with 3 new starters are better than they were last year with Nash.

      I’m a fan of Nash, but again, let’s not pretend that at age 38 he was irreplaceable even by 3 new starters.

  6. 00maltliquor - Sep 26, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    It may be a stretch, but The Glide may be on to something. I personally don’t think they will, but I will tell you this…I would not in the least bit be shocked if they did make it with that final 8 spot. They have a sneaky good team and they really wont be as bad as people think they are. They definatly have a slim chance. Unlikely, but there is some light coming out that crack in the door for them.

  7. money2long - Sep 26, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    not to make drexler sound like he’s crazy here, but keep in mind he did also say he thought he was better than jordan. every man is entitled to their opinions, and i don’t think it’s out of the realm of reality that the suns can make an impact this season. guys may not know it now, but dragic is their best player. and he is a pretty damn good point guard who will make it known this season. book it.

  8. katra2logic - Sep 26, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    4th or 5th in the West…

    1, 1A Okla, Lakers
    3 Spurs
    4 4A Clips, Denver
    6 6A Memphis, Dallas
    battle for 8th between Minny, Utah

    I just can not see Phoenix finishing higher than eighth and things would have to break right for them to even get that high. No way they finish in 4th or 5th in the West this year.

    • passerby23 - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:28 AM

      One team I wouldn’t be surprised at them taking a dive is Dallas. I still have them making the playoffs, but Dirk, Carter, Marion, and Brand are no spring chickens. Kaman has had his injury issues, Collison and Beaubois are erratic, and Mayo is a question mark. I’m not sold on them being a great defensive team either. They just seem like one of those teams with some good individual talent on paper, but could definitely get beat out by the likes of Utah, Minnesota, Golden State, or Phoenix.

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