That 05-06 Phoenix Suns team was better than some of you guys are giving them credit for.
Remember we were starting Kwame Brown, Lamar Odom, Luke Walton, Kobe, and Smush Parker. Where did 4 of those players go after they left LA? Right out of the NBA (or relevance anyways). Kobe made them look much, much better than they actually were by drawing so much defensive attention.
As per the Suns main guys that year,
Nash -- MVP, top 3 PG in the league that year.
Bell -- Would be a all defensive first team selection, shot 40% from 3.
Marion -- All star and an excellent defensive player, Odom was neither of those things by the way.
Tim Thomas -- Decent defensive player, again shot 40% from 3.
Boris Diaw -- Put up better numbers than anyone not named Kobe/Odom. Shot upwards of 50% as well.
Kobe/Phil were the only reason that series even went to 7 games.
Look, I love kobe and I loe pPhil
But Luke and Smush were vital to winning that 4th game and going up 4-1
the reason we lost is because everyone but Kobe and Lamar disappeared after that.
Bell is a marginal player, tim Thomas too, So is Boris Diaw
It was said that nash made all of them, but really it was D'Antoni's system
That team was not that good,look at the roster and tell me that they were some type of world beaters
Kobe and Lamar and some guys
Nash and Matrix and some guys