A RIVAL SCOUT SIZES UP THE SUNS
I'm a Goran Dragic fan, and I love their draft pick, Kendall Marshall, who may not be a shooter but is just a real point guard. The first time they had Dragic there were times I thought he came off the bench and played better than Steve Nash.... Now that Channing Frye isn't going to be there, they'll try to make do with Luis Scola on the pick-and-pop—but he can't pop for a three.... Overall they'll probably be better defensively, first of all because they won't have Nash and second because you instantly become better defensively when you aren't running as much.... I'm surprised Marcin Gortat has turned out to be so effective. I loved him as a backup in Orlando, but I didn't think he was good enough to be a starter. Now at his salary [$7.3 million this season] he's a bargain.... Jared Dudley plays so hard, he's very smart, and he's a great teammate. He's going to suffer because the floor isn't spaced as much for him. He has so many deficiencies—I mean, I think I'm quicker laterally than he is.... I'm not a fan of Michael Beasley. It's his personality. He just doesn't seem to care. He doesn't play hard.