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NBA Offseason Buzz: Phoenix Suns

Dragic could step up after lackluster rookie season; Hill hits down slope

Updated: August 25, 2009, 1:05 PM ET
By John Hollinger & Ric Bucher | ESPN Insider

Want to know who's heating up for a big season on the hardwood? Insider is tapping into John Hollinger's projected player efficiency ratings to see who's trending up and down across the NBA. Ric Bucher rounds out the report by examining a pivotal player you'll want to watch as the season approaches. The series continues with the Phoenix Suns.

The experiment of trying to make non-defensive players focus on defense is over, but that doesn't mean the Suns will be back to offensively terrorizing the league as they did a few years ago. This is clearly a team rebuilding on the fly with a tight budget -- good luck with that. The hope, presumably, is that the Steve Nash-Amare Stoudemire combo can carry a roster mostly made of post-prime, pre-prime or no-prime parts. Of course, their ability to make the most of Nash's whirling-dervish style is unknown.

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