Remodeled Suns look to surprise in post-Nash era

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Meet the Phoenix Suns.

Introductions certainly are necessary. This team has undergone an extreme personnel makeover in the aftermath of Steve Nash's departure to the hated Lakers.

Five players return from last year, and only two -- center Marcin Gortat and guard Jared Dudley -- figure to start.

The newcomers include a pair of former high draft picks, Michael Beasley and Wesley Johnson, looking to thrive with a clean slate.

The most significant addition isn't new to the Suns at all.

Somebody had to replace Nash, and the Suns coaxed his former understudy, Goran Dragic, back to the desert.

The Suns' home opener is Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 7 p.m.

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