Scoring out, defense in: Phoenix trades Strawberry to Houston for Singletary
Today, the Phoenix Suns traded D.J. Strawberry to the Houston Rockets for Sean Singletary:
“Sean gives us depth at the point guard spot,” said Suns President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Steve Kerr. “We like his instincts and his ability to run a team. He also puts a lot of pressure on the ball defensively. We thank D.J. for his contributions and wish him well.”
My Quick Take: It’s becoming obvious. Phoenix’s ‘Seven Seconds To Shoot’ system is out, replaced by GM Steve Kerr’s vision for a more defensive team.
Consider the evidence. Michael Jordan’s former backcourt mate has dealt track star Shawn Marion for the slower Shaquille O’Neal, replaced coach Mike D’Antoni with blue-collar sideline boss Terry Porter, and signed tough point guard Goran Dragic.
Today, Kerr swapped Strawberry’s athleticism for Singletary’s on the ball, full-court pressure. The 2008 second round pick could get minutes if Dragic isn’t ready to back-up Nash.
Most importantly, this deal shows the Suns are moving away from entertaining, run-and-gun basketball. Look for a more conventional, half-court style next year.