Opposing scout questions fit of Suns’ best three players

Can this trio get the Suns to the playoffs?
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The Suns are hoping to compete for a playoff spot in the West this season, but it remains to be seen whether or not the talent in place on the roster will translate to an on-court fit.

Phoenix ditched its three point guard experiment in the middle of last season by sending two of them packing at the trade deadline, and a look at the way the team is currently constructed doesn't inspire a lot of confidence that things have improved all that much.

In a recent interview with SI, one anonymous scout from an opposing team wonders whether or not the trio of Tyson Chandler, Brandon Knight and Eric Bledsoe are enough to get the Suns where the team is trying to go.

“They’re fighting for the seventh or eighth seed at best, and they’ll finish 10th or 11th at worst. Same range as the last few years. It’s one step forward, one step back… If Tyson Chandler, Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight are your main guys—and that’s who’s getting the big money—how does that trio fit together? Both Bledsoe and Knight need the ball, and Chandler [at 33] is way older than they are. Are they trying to win right now? They’re not good enough. Are they trying to win in the future? Chandler won’t be an impact player down the line… The one big positive is that all three guys can hold their own defensively, with Bledsoe being a stud on that end. Markieff Morris and P.J. Tucker can defend too. If you put those five guys on the floor, they won’t give up a lot of easy points… Hanging over their whole team is whether Bledsoe and Knight can play together. Bledsoe can defend twos, but he likes the ball in his hands to start the offense. Knight definitely sees himself as a one. I don’t think Knight will ever become a top 10 point guard. He’s the definition of decent… Bledsoe’s getting to the point where he’s older [25] than most people think. You can go under pick-and-rolls against him until he proves to you he can beat you with his jump shot, and that takes away from his off-the-dribble game. He would be a monster if he could really shoot it… Morris is very good offensively. He’s got a nastiness to his game, which is a little Draymond Green–like. His trade demand adds another level of questions to the team. When someone goes public like that, you know it’s even worse behind the scenes.”

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