Another day, another superlative from the NBA.com Hang Time Blog regarding the upcoming edition of the Phoenix Suns.

Just a day after blogger Sekou Smith proclaimed Goran Dragic one of the Five Guys to Watch entering the 2012-13 season, the author came back Wednesday to declare the entire team one of the league’s Five Teams on the Rise.
Smith explained that he likes the group of players the Suns collected this offseason – including Dragic, Michael Beasley and Luis Scola – because they will all be playing with “huge chips on their shoulder this season.”

That, combined with an established center in Marcin Gortat and the potential for a “breakout season” from power forward Markieff Morris, has the Suns trending upward in Smith’s eyes.

Considering that the team was right there with the Utah Jazz battling for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference – improvement from the Suns this season would put them right back in the playoff hunt for the Western Conference.

Smith notes that these kinds of thoughts are prevalent throughout the league during this time of year. The anticipation is building as training camps for teams all across the league are due to open very soon with the Suns heading to camp in San Diego on October 1.

A few of the other teams that might be entertaining some of the same hopes as the Suns, and were also included on this list, are the Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves and New Orleans Hornets.

Each team, Smith thinks, could have the promise of a bright future beginning this season.