|2012-13 Team Rating|
|25th Overall||26th Overall|
Stats through Jan. 22
Grounded veterans Marcin Gortat and Luis Scola at center and power forward have not stabilized the frontline. Scola has gone in and out of the lineup, and small forward Michael Beasley lost his starting job.
Goran Dragic has been the best player on the team, which isn't saying much, but is noteworthy considering he's replacing Steve Nash. Shooting guard Jared Dudley has been typically solid.
Stopping the ball remains a big problem. So does getting defensive rebounds. That's a bad combination, but that's the Suns historically, and the first half of 2012-13.
Scola and Dudley had backup roles for a while, then returned to the lineup. Another former key reserve, P.J. Tucker, is also now starting.
Lindsey Hunter was a surprise choice on Jan. 20 to replace Alvin Gentry, with no previous coaching experience. He plans to emphasize defense.
What a mess. Bad offense, bad defense, bad rebounding, little sign of progress from 2011 lottery pick Markieff Morris, no contribution from 2012 lottery pick Kendall Marshall, and a management deservedly under fire.
The Suns look like an operation begging to be gutted. Maybe that starts next month with the trade deadline, maybe it gets under way in the summer with moves to the roster and on the sideline and in the front office and maybe it doesn't really happen at all. But they have to find a sign of life at some point. There's been nothing yet.
-- Scott Howard-Cooper
Explanation of Marking System
|Golden State Warriors||B+|
|Los Angeles Clippers||A-|
|Los Angeles Lakers||C-|
|New Orleans Hornets||C-|
|New York Knicks||A-|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||A|
|Portland Trail Blazers||B-|
|San Antonio Spurs||B+|