One door opens slightly, while the other slams shut!
I’m talking about the Phoenix Suns two significant draft picks going into the off-season. The position for Phoenix’s own pick goes up with every loss to mediocre teams like the Toronto Raptors and Sacramento Kings. On the other hand, the intensity and determination of Kobe Bryant, along with the apparent incompetence of the Utah Jazz, make it seem like the Suns are never going to see that lottery-protected first-round pick in a few months that they received in the Steve Nash trade.
The Suns went 0-2 so far this week, with the other game being played this week on Saturday as Phoenix hosts the Houston Rockets. James Harden and Jeremy Lin, who spear-head the second-best offense in the NBA in terms of points per game, will probably come out victorious over the Suns, who are without centers Marcin Gortat and Jermaine O’Neal.
Currently, Phoenix holds a 21-41 mark, which puts them in a three-way tie (New Orleans, Cleveland) for the fourth-worst record in the Association, causing them to be tied for the worst-record in the Western Conference with the Hornets.
This win percentage puts the Suns in a prime position to select a very good player in the draft this summer, because there is no clear-cut number one player, there is just a top-tier of college prospects.
Unfortunately, Kobe Bryant (a.k.a. the Black Mamba) is a BEAST on the basketball court. Their team hasn’t been spectacular, which is why they are only one game above .500. However, the main reason they are only a half-game behind the Utah Jazz for the eighth seed in the Western Conference is that Kobe is amazingly good for a player in his 17th season at the age of 34. It also, helps the Laker’s cause that the Jazz have derailed, going 1-6 since the February 21st trade deadline.
After tonight’s game in Phoenix with the Rockets, the Suns host the Denver Nuggets, and then hit the road to take on the Houston Rockets again, Atlanta Hawks and the Washington Wizards next week. They will probably go 1-4 this next week including tonight’s game.