Monday, August 01, 2005

Suns: Still the Best in the Pacific?

Brent at Rising Suns has a long post on the impact of Joe Johnson moving to Atlanta.

OddsChecker shows odds drifting on the Suns winning the 2006 title. It doesn't say by how much, and the odds we discussed last week haven't changed.

We'll see how effective the run-and-gun offense can be without a pure shooter on the wing. Say what you will about JJ, but he was a dead-eye last season.

Finley won't be nearly the same - 82games had Finley's jump-shot effective field goal percent at .481, about 5 percent worse than JJ's (.532). Finley didn't get inside last year and he won't this year.

And Finley has never been good defensively, whereas JJ can handle his business. Ignoring the tandem of Cuttino and Bibby for part of last year, Turnstyle Nash and Finley could combine to make up one hell of a historically bad defensive backcourt.

The Suns will be the early favorites for the Pacific Division, but these Kings will surprise.


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Tom Ziller

The Sacramento Kings are a tough act to follow, literally.

SKB does the dirty work so you can forget about the blood, sweat and tears.

Oh, you'll still need the tears in April, though.

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