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Phoenix

Suns

Pacific

2013-14 Team Rating
OffenseDefense
105.7102.6
8th Overall12th Overall
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Stats Through Jan. 20

W

23

L

17

PCT

.575

GB

4.5

CONF

18-12

DIV

6-3

HOME

14-6

ROAD

9-11

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Category

Grade
FrnCourt
No one could have imagined Miles Plumlee, Channing Frye and P.J. Tucker starting every game. But no one could have imagined this kind of production either, setting the tone for overachieving.

B-

BckCourt
We'll get a good feel for just how good Eric Bledsoe was if the Suns have to play much or all of the second half without him. Goran Dragic and Bledsoe worked.

B

Defense
The Suns are challenging for a top-10 finish in shooting defense. Seriously. If they get into the teens in defensive rebounding some day, the world spins off its axis.

B-

Bench
The next area of needed improvement. The Suns have little depth beyond Markieff Morris and Gerald Green, and Green now starts. Getting nothing from injured lottery pick Alex Len hurts.

C

Coaching
Jeff Hornacek the coach is just like Jeff Hornacek the player. Unassuming, unflappable, as gracious as possible. And then he delivers results like a star, even as a rookie.

A

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B

Summary

If the grade is based on expectations at the start of the season, the Suns get an A-plus. Plus, plus, plus. Rhodes Scholars. Just judging them straight up, though, the first half was an obvious success in becoming one of the positive stories of the entire league. Returning players showed progress, new players made immediate impacts, Hornacek and general manager Ryan McDonough proved to be smart hires, and Planet Orange was a good place to live again, even with the stomach punch of the Bledsoe injury.

That will be nothing compared to the vibe if Phoenix stays in the playoff conversation with Bledsoe possibly out the entire second half. Any progress from Len on the court will be valuable. Another rookie, Archie Goodwin, will get minutes, just as the time investment in the other young players will be valuable.

-- Scott Howard-Cooper

Explanation of Marking System

  • A - Superior
  • B - Above Average
  • C - Average
  • D - Below Average
  • F - Failing