Team analysis: Phoenix Suns

Robin Lopez

Get ready to meet The Other Lopez Brother this season. (Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)

Depth chart:

PG: Steve Nash, Goran Dragic

SG: Jason Richardson, Josh Childress, Matt Janning

SF: Grant Hill, Jared Dudley

PF: Hedo Turkoglu, Hakim Warrick, Earl Clark, Gani Lawal

C: Robin Lopez, Channing Frye, Dwayne Jones

Relevant fantasy players and projected draft positions/per-game stats:

Steve Nash – PG (Rd. 2): 16 Pts, 1.5 threes, 3 Reb, 9.5 Ast

Jason Richardson – G/F (Rd. 4-5): 17 Pts, 2.5 threes, 4.5 Reb, 1 Stl

Hedo Turkoglu – F (Rd. 4-5):  14 Pts, 2 threes, 5.5 Reb, 5 Ast

Robin Lopez – F/C (Rd. 8-10):  11 Pts, 7.5 Reb, 1.5 Blk

Channing Frye – F/C (Rd. 9-11): 10 Pts, 2 threes, 5 Reb

Josh Childress – G/F (Rd. 12+): 9 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Stl

Grant Hill – G/F (Rd. 13+): 10 Pts, 5 Reb, 2.5 Ast, 1 Stl

Jared Dudley – F (Rd. 13+): 8 Pts, 1.5 threes, 3 Reb, 1 Stl

Hakim Warrick – F/C (Rd. 13+): 7 Pts, 4 Reb

Goran Dragic – G (Rd. 13+): 8 Pts, 1 three, 3.5 Ast

Sleeper:

Lopez

Most likely to surprise:

Hill

Most likely to disappoint:

Nash

Category specialists:

  • Threes: Richardson, Turkoglu, Frye
  • Blocks: Lopez

Things to watch:

  • Nash‘s minutes, which have been in decline for the past four seasons
  • how much of the ball-handling duties will be taken by Turkoglu, Childress, Hill and Dragic
  • how the minutes at SG/SF/PF pan out (expect lots of volatility)
  • tons of small ball
  • tons of position flexibility

Team’s statistical NBA ranks from 2009-10:

  • Pts: 1st
  • FGM: 1st
  • FGA: 13th
  • FG%: 1st
  • FT%: 11th
  • 3PTM: 3rd
  • Reb: T6th
  • Ast: 4th
  • TO: 20th
  • Stl: 29th
  • Blk: T11th

Fantasy-friendliness for 2010-11: A

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