NBA Offseason Winners & Losers: Pacific Division
Now, it's tough to come out on the winning side when you trade your most valuable asset to your division rival, however, in the process, the Suns received an injection of youth and talent. Bringing back fan-favorite Goran Dragic to run the point guard show was their first win of the offseason. After spending a few seasons backing up Nash, Dragic was shipped to Houston for Aaron Brooks two years ago. When Kyle Lowry went down with an injury, Dragic picked up the slack and put together an incredible run in the 28 games he started, averaging 18 points and 8.5 assists per game.
The addition of Michael Beasely will also give this team athleticism on the wing as he has long been viewed as an extremely talented small forward who required the right coaching and system for his skills to flourish.
Drafting Kendall Marshall out of North Carolina will instantly provide the Suns with some nice point guard depth as he appears ready to contribute in the NBA right now. With Jared Dudley, Marcin Gortat and Channing Frye still under contract, the amnesty addition of Luis Scola will only give the Suns another look at the power forward position as they seem poised to push for a playoff spot in a very deep Western Conference.
When You Lose, You Lose:
Golden State Warriors
A season ago, the Warriors shipped out combo-guard Monta Ellis to Milwaukee in exchange for oft-injured center, Andrew Bogut. He did not play a game last year, however, he seems poised to prove all his doubters incorrect as he enters into a new season with a new team in the Bay Area. The former top overall pick may do battle with Andrew Bynum, DeAndre Jordan and the rest of the West big guys for years to come, but the Warriors won't be much better because of it.
Drafting Harrison Barnes as well as Draymond Green will help their toughness and outside shooting from the forward positions, but they will most likely need some time to develop under second year head coach Mark Jackson before becoming everyday impact players. In the three-team trade, which cost the Warriors Dorell Wright, they received combo-guard Jarret Jack in return from the New Orleans Hornets, and he figures to be an instant impact player at the PG position, potentially playing alongside Steph Curry. In a division where the Lakers and Clippers beefed up their rosters from a season ago, however, this offseason was a loss for the Warriors.