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October 26, 2009
AFTER 13 seasons, six All-Star selections and two MVP awards, point guard Steve Nash is not supposed to be up for rebuilding. But Nash has never been your typical NBA icon. He signed a two-year extension this summer, even though the Suns' championship window has been closed for a while.
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October 26, 2009

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POINTS SCORED: 109.4 (first in NBA)POINTS ALLOWED: 107.5 (27th in NBA)



Points per game scored by the Suns after the All-Star break under new coach Alvin Gentry, the highest second-half output since the Warriors averaged 118.7 points following the 1992 All-Star Game.


They're just a really weird team. They have old guys like Steve Nash and Grant Hill; they have a bunch of young guys who have no star potential; and they may lose Amar'e Stoudemire as a free agent this summer. Instead of trying to go old like Boston or young like Portland, it looks like they've taken the middle ground—but I would argue that it has left them nowhere.... Nash is more efficient than just about anybody out there. It wouldn't surprise me if we saw him in the NBA for four more years.... There's no question Stoudemire's original spring and bounce hasn't been there over the last couple of years following his knee surgeries. With his aggressiveness he could be a dangerous scorer inside, yet he still uses a lot of drives and spin-backs and fadeaway jumpers. The problem for him is that it's hard to go inside when you haven't developed the moves, and it's even harder when you don't want to take the banging because you're already banged up.... Channing Frye is a soft guy who likes to shoot perimeter jumpers, so this is not a bad team for him. The only way he can play center is in this up-and-down style, which keeps him from having to go in the trenches on every play.

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