Suns at a glance

Updated: October 26, 2004, 12:48 PM ET
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Fantasy tip
Amare Stoudemire
Stoudemire
Stoudemire in the third round? That's a steal for a monster-in-the-making who should get center eligibility this year.

Shawn Marion and Amare Stoudemire had bumpy summers -- rumors that you're being traded are unsettling -- but newcomers Steve Nash and Quentin Richardson should ease the anxiety.

After 53 losses last season, this offensively talented team should get back above .500. Still, they'll need someone other than Stoudemire to clog the middle when Nash's man blows by him.

Roster analysis
The starters: Exciting until the last two minutes, when execution matters most.
Pos. Player Comment Grade*
PF Amare Stoudemire Natural 4 will see lots of time at C in quick lineup 8
SF Shawn Marion Dynamic slasher should prosper with Nash's arrival 8
C Jake Voskuhl Makes fans yearn for the glory days of Luc Longley 4
SG Quentin Richardson Do he and fiance Brandy have their own alien signals? 7
PG Steve Nash Great passer still has only one ball 7
BENCH Joe Johnson's here because of Q's contract; you'll see him in the fourth quarter. Leandro Barbosa, too, because he plays D. That's about it. 6
TOTAL 40
*-out of 10