Morning Sunshine: Phoenix Suns news from around the web (January 21)
This is our daily feature here at SunNGun where we scavenge the internet for recent stories related to the Suns organization and relay them to you, so we are the one-stop-shopping for all things Phoenix Suns. We’ll have it for you everyday, hopefully in the morning. The links to these full articles are in the headings, take a look at the entire stories, the writers at all the other blogs are good and have some interesting information and perspective, but come back here for our take and full coverage of the team.
Let’s get to it!
The Arizona Republic: Alex Len finally showing flashes of his potential-
“Validation for the Suns’ investment of a No. 5 pick in Len comes down the road and around a few turns. Len was a sputtering car in his first four NBA appearances, starting and stopping twice through lingering pain in November. He found another gear Sunday night… Able to move free of ankle issues, Len covered the floor like a deer with long, quick strides. He sprinted to guards to set screens and rolled hard with his hands ready. He actively showed to opposing drivers in pick-and-roll defense. He crashed the offensive boards, using his long reach to slap loose balls out to teammates. Just wait until he actually gets some practice time, something the Suns have not been able to do much since Len got healthy.”
NBCSports.com: Channing Frye lets it fly
Channing Frye, Phoenix Suns. A guy out for all of last season with a heart condition, he has been a key part of the Suns surprise season — he is fearless about letting his shot fly. We all know Frye can knock down the three (he was 5-of-7 Sunday against Denver) and opponents know that also, so they work to run him off the line — Frye is showing he can put the ball on the floor and make the right play. Frye had 30 points on 12-for-16 shooting in this game. It’s great to see him back and playing well.”
Bright Side of the Sun: The transition to dynasty-
Eric Bledsoe/Leandro Barbosa, Gordon Hayward/Archie Goodwin, P.J. Tucker/Gerald Green, Kevin Love/Channing Frye, Miles Plumlee/Alex Len. Imagine if this core could become a reality. Similar to the Boston Celtics‘ offseason years ago where they were able to land Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, it takes just a couple transactions to make this dream come true. All it takes is an innovative GM (Ryan McDonough – apprentice to Danny Ainge) and the correct assets (Goran Dragic, Okafor expiring contract, potential 4 1st round picks, Morris twins).”
By the way, I disagree with parts of these trades. Of course I want Kevin Love, but not Hayward or Shabazz Muhammad.