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Phoenix

Suns

Pacific

2011-12 Team Rating
OffenseDefense
103.5103.8
8th Overall23rd Overall
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2011-12 Season Stats

W

33

L

33

PCT

.500

GB

8

CONF

23-25

DIV

9-5

HOME

19-14

ROAD

14-19

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Category

Grade
FrnCourt
What a strange time in Phoenix. Center (Marcin Gortat) and power forward (Luis Scola) are secure all of the sudden and small forward (Michael Beasley) is the uncertainty. The Suns have flip-flopped in two years.

B-

BckCourt
Two newcomers, sort of, will try to replace one Steve Nash, with Goran Dragic, back for his second Phoenix stint, and Kendall Marshall the new point guards. Jared Dudley is the favorite at shooting guard.

C+

Defense
Having the rare -- unheard of? -- stability at center and power forward could make a difference. But the Suns need big gains in this area after finishing 21st in shooting defense.

D

Bench
There are some valuable, but unproven, prospects on the bench, with 2012 lottery pick Marshall and '11 lottery pick Markieff Morris. Some veterans add depth. But the Suns have no reserve standouts yet.

C+

Coaching
Alvin Gentry has become one of the signs of consistency in Phoenix, an important role in a time of transition. The greater challenge is to bring a mix of veterans and prospects, newcomers and returnees, together.

B

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C+

Summary

This could be a very hard season, with losses and no sign of Nash or Hill to save the day on the court or deliver messages as positive locker-room influences. But it is a necessary season. Growing parts are part of the process of finally getting on with the future, at least a year after it should have happened.

The Scola addition, after being amnestied by the Rockets, will become an unscheduled boost for the new generation. If Gortat continues on the double-double path, the The Suns suddenly go from scrounging for inside help to a pair of dependable starters there. Then it's up to Dragic and/or Marshall. If Phoenix gets at least solid play from the point, it has something real developing.

-- Scott Howard-Cooper

Explanation of Marking System

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

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