Monday, October 15th, 2012 at 11:15 am  |  11 responses

Marcin Gortat Wants to Prove He Can Play Without Steve Nash

Despite Steve Nash’s optimism about his old squad, the Phoenix Suns are still expected to struggle now that he’s gone. Marcin Gortat isn’t worried about Nash’s departure, however. He’s out to prove that he can be an effective player sans the former MVP point guard’s dishes. Per the Valley of the Suns: “According to HoopData, Gortat was assisted on 78.6 percent of his buckets in 2010-11 with the Suns and 79.6 percent last year, making some wonder whether he can repeat his superb 15.4 ppg season on 55.5 percent shooting with Nash no longer around to set him up. ‘Basically, I am going to try and prove that I can play without him,’ Gortat said. ‘There was a lot of talk in the offseason about how I’m going to play and how I’m going to handle the whole situation without him. I believe I’m an experienced player already. I’ve been in the league a few years by now, and I have other point guards. I have Goran Dragic and Kendall Marshall. I have great passers. I’m quite sure I’ll be fine.’ [...] ‘This a new team with a lot of new faces,’ Gortat said. ‘Obviously, one of the most important faces is gone — Steve Nash. So it will be a new team. But I’m definitely looking forward to playing without him. I think we have a big chance to make the playoffs, and that’s going to be our main focus.’”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    i was so sure that the suns would completely suck this year, which they proabably still will. but a gortat, scola, beasly front court is not that bad

  • Dymez

    He proved it in Orlando — the place he played when he got his $30 million contract — I understand him looking for extra motivation, but damn, we know you’re a solid big man already, Marcin.

  • nick

    Dragic is about to go ham

  • rainman

    well, u’re still going to be spoon fed by Dragic and Kendall, (not in the same way nash can..but still) so u’ll still be hovering around the same stats most likely , gortat.


    Marcin Gortits

  • TBRK

    correction..Bassy is about to go ham

  • nhm

    imo, gortat and scola, would be a nightly beast.. beasly on the other hand has consistency issues

  • si1ver

    You’re right, it may not be the same as Nash but Dragic is so athletic in addition to his pure PG skills that Tat is probably gonna get spoon fed just as much. Not to mention the ball should be moving more because we’re changing the offense a little and we added Scola, a great passer.

  • si1ver

    The Dragon has so much swag now. After seeing him everyday Gortat isn’t worried.

  • Yi-Cheng Chen

    ya, didnt gortat says he’ll be fine?

  • Sebas

    Orlando Magic best option is bring him back to Orlando via any trade