The box score pretty much tells the story, not only of this workmanlike W, but of just where the Suns are at this early stage in their reshaping.
What the raw numbers show is that the Suns’ starters accounted for 93 of the team’s 107 points and pretty much dominated when they were out there. And in turn this tells us that the strong bench Terry Porter has vowed to build is still pretty much on the drawing board.
All five starters were in double figures and hit at least 50 percent from the field, and were much smoother than in their last outing. Amare Stoudemire led the way with 23, newcomer Matt Barnes had 21, and Steve Nash had 20, with seven assists and only one turnover.
That the Suns’ starting unit is meshing much sooner than the bench is hardly surprising. After all, four of those five guys were on the floor together much of last year. On the other hand, most of the combinations Coach Terry is experimenting with when he goes to his bench are either new to each other and/or cast in new roles.
What we have seen is that when you add up all the plusses and subtract all the minuses, the balance from these first two is not all that discouraging in terms of an early assessment of the team’s potential down the road.
It would be different if there were no bench tools at Coach Terry’s disposal. There are, in fact, several decent ones, and it’s just the matter of finding how best to use them.
Oh, and by the way, we should all be getting “old” like Steve Nash is.