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2012 NBA power rankings: Suns begin the season among the bottom half of the league

The Phoenix Suns will begin their post-Steve Nash era looking to earn the respect of their peers and the fans.

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The NBA season is finally here, and with it comes all the opinions of where teams stand heading into the season. It was a summer of change all across the league, and one of the biggest losses to a team was the departure of Steve Nash from the Phoenix Suns to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Suns now have to begin the post-Nash era, and there are varying opinions among the power rankings of where that leaves the Suns in regards to the rest of the league.

CBS Sports has the Suns at No. 19 and is curious as to what this new collection of talent will do once the season starts.

ESPN has the Suns at No. 24 and give the Suns early props for looking like they'll be a scrappy, tough bunch to play against once the ball goes up without Nash. That's all they can ask for at this point.

NBA.com has the Suns at No. 26 and don't give the Suns much of a chance heading into the season. A fast-paced team that will give up a lot of points but not score as much without their floor general is not a recipe for success in their eyes.