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Phoenix

Suns

Pacific

2009-10 Team Rating
OffenseDefense
112.7106.9
1st Overall19th Overall
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2009-10 Season Stats

W

54

L

28

PCT

.659

GB

3

CONF

35-17

DIV

12-4

HOME

32-9

ROAD

22-19

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Category

Grade
FrnCourt
There's plenty of bodies. Just no obvious choice to replace, or try to replace Amar'e Stoudemire at power forward. The depth is at small forward, with Grant Hill, Josh Childress and Hedo Turkoglu.

C+

BckCourt
Steve Nash keeps turning 27. But Phoenix also has depth at both spots, with Goran Dragic backing up Nash after a star turn in the playoffs and Childress behind Jason Richardson.

B+

Defense
Though it looks bad at quick glance while allowing 105.3 points a game, that's more from style of play. The meaningful counter is that they were 11th in shooting defense.

B-

Bench
If Childress has a smooth transition from Europe and Dragic builds on his playoff showing, both reasonable expectations, the Suns have options. But they need production from reserve big men.

B

Coaching
Alvin Gentry has gone from interim coach to critical piece in one full season. It doesn't feel like there's any such thing as stability in Phoenix, but he's got it.

B

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B-

Summary

It's hard not to give a conference finalist a better grade, especially one that gave the Lakers a good run in that third round, but there's so much uncertainty surrounding the Suns. New power forward to replace Amar'e Stoudemire, new questions about finding a wingman for Nash, new basketball-operations bosses to replace Steve Kerr and David Griffin equals the old question: Will Phoenix be more than the fun bunch putting up big numbers?

-- Scott Howard-Cooper

Explanation of Marking System

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