Phoenix Suns Win: The Bench Gets Deeper and Chemistry Gets Better

July 21st, 2010 by Patrick Clarke Leave a reply »
As the dust settles on the free agent front-line, NBA teams are preparing for the new season, some with great promise, like the Miami Heat for obvious reasons, and the Washington Wizards with their potential superstar in first overall pick John Wall.

Other teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, and Orlando Magic, will hope that their all-star laden casts that took them to the top of league will keep them there next season.

One team however, the Phoenix Suns, has another idea. It will hope to ride an uber-talented bench all the way into a champagne bath next June.

As the only team in the 2010 playoffs to play a 10-man rotation for most of its games, the Suns’ Alvin Gentry flipped the Mike D'antoni mindset completely around and found unusual success by playing a five-man bench together for stretches at a time.

Last year's bench, consisting of Goran Dragic, Jared Dudley, Channing Frye, Leandro Barbosa, and Lou Amundson, was highlighted several times in the playoffs.

First in Game Three of the Western Semifinals when Dragic scored 23 fourth quarter points against the Spurs, ...

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