Yahoo "experts" pick Suns as favorite to win title

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  1. az1965

    az1965 Love Games!

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    I was watching Yahoo! videos and 2/3 experts (Kenny Smith and Adrian Wojnarowski) pick Suns to be early favorite to win the title over Spurs.

    Adrian really believe adding Hill is going to push us over the hump and that we probably could have done it last year as well if not for the suspensions. Kenny believes Suns have all the pieces now to win the title.

    They also don't think Marion issue will be a distraction.

    Kenny Smith just laughted when Larry Biel asked him if anyone in the pacific division can challenge the Suns for the division title.

    http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?rn=207187&cl=4700714&ch=244098&src=sports
     
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    I hope so!:thumbup:
     
  3. arwillan

    arwillan The King

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    great vids. the guy who picked the spurs had no reasons behind his points. he just said that the spurs will finally repeat and that his family is from S.A. he made no mention of why they would beat the suns or the mavs this year...
    the guys who picked the suns had valid points to support their points including grant hill, the fact that they now have every part necessary to win, the depth with skinner and banks coming in (also improved defense). they said the suns will be more like the spurs in that they will not play the starters too much during the regular season and they will prepare for the post season better this year. 2 of the 3 guys said this is the suns' title to lose. all 3 agreed that the suns will beat the celtics or any other team out of the east and the only chance the celtics have of winning is if one of the big 3 teams in the west somehow dont make it to the finals
     
  4. sly fly

    sly fly Devil Me This

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    I don't see how PHX got any worse in the off-season, despite what many people around this board think...

    - Added Grant Hill. Subtracted James Jones. This move is an asset for both the regular season and the playoffs. Of course, the big IF is Hill's health. A healthy Hill equals the best pick-up by ANY team outside of Kevin Garnett this off-season. Count on that.

    - Nash will be Nash. I'm expecting him to be a little more vocally demanding of his teammates this year.

    - Subtracted Kurt Thomas. Added Brian Skinner and "Sean Marks". This move is a wash for the regular season, and a potential liability for the playoffs.

    - Amare is a year wiser and hopefully stronger. Asset on all fronts. Just hope he realizes that his $$$ are earned down low, not becoming Brad Sellers. Amare needs to push himself to dominate his man every night on both ends of the floor.

    - Barbosa is a year wiser and hopefully more well-rounded. Asset on all fronts IF he isn't suffering from burn out. A little worried about his elbow and rib injuries of late.

    - Diaw is a year wiser, and hopefully NOT more well-rounded. Needs to be a catalyst every night off the bench. Needs to shed his soft mental reputation.

    - The bench is younger, greener, yet potentially more apt to provide a spark when needed. DJ looks to be a steal. You never know what kind of bench a team has until the season is about a 1/4 way through.

    - Marcus Banks will be traded before the deadline. Shawn Marion will not.

    - Raja Bell needs to play smarter and more under control this year. Just hit the 3, play tough D, and let your play do the talking.

    - David Stern. Needs to go. Not sure why he's been let off the hook.
     
  5. PoolBoy

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    we dont even need to play this season, everybody already picked us to win.
     
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    It is easy to get caught up in the negativity of all the budget moves. I did so myself. Ultimately Grant Hill is a massive upgrade over James Jones and Skinner is a good signing. I will really miss Kurt Thomas, but our starting lineup is better and our bench is about the same.
     
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    i think our bench is better thought because of the youth and speed. we all know about barbosa, but banks is fast, and appears to be better. and my boy dj is really fast. alando is a solid post player. marks looks better. skinner may annoy me and i may have to use the simpsons voice, but he looks like a good defender in preseason. and diaw is a starter off the bench.
     
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    The Suns must be the only team in the world to add guys to their roster who were already there.

    By all star break Sean Marks will be relegated to the role he is most familiar with. Book it.
     
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    and we have two promising rookies..
     
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    Am the only person who hasn't liked Tuckers game thus far? Granted I've only seen two games but he doesn't have a NBA quality skill or talent (ie Barbosa's speed, Pike's shooting, Skinner's strength) to make him a contributor. I hope I'm wrong but he remind's me of poor man's Walter Berry.
     
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    He is actually quite like Q with a better D but worse jump shots as of now. As to strength, he will overpower anybody smaller than him on the low post, which is a rare quality on the current Suns team.
     
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    My hope is that either Banks or Strawberry become good rotation players off the bench. We need one of those guys to step up - my hope is that it's Banks initially so we can trade him then have DJ take his minutes once he is gone.

    And I'm not impressed with Tucker so far. Needs to improve his shooting if he wants any chance of getting minutes.
     
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    Actually Tucker impresses me the most of the two rookies right now, especially if he gets his outside shot down. I really like his ability to take the ball inside. He appears to be one of the few Suns players that like the ball down low. However, the Suns need Strawberry to develop the most because of his PG skills. Anyway I rooting for both but getting enough minutes will probably hinder the development of one.
     
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    I've seen Tucker play live 2x in the pre-season and while his overall game isn't extremely impressive, he seems to have a knack for finding the open spot around the basket and getting easy hoops. He's also pretty good getting out on the break for easy baskets. His post moves against smaller players are pretty good, but I doubt he'll have a chance to use them except in garbage time. I haven't been as impressed with his defense as I have with DJ's defense, but I haven't seen him get abused by anyone yet either. His jumpshot is horrible and flat, but with our assistants working with him & DJ, I think it'll improve by mid-season.
     
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    Tucker has a unique game. Pretty strong inside. Hopefully he can rebound.
     

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