No matter what happens, it’s safe to assume this year’s Phoenix Suns team has been one of the greatest stories of the 2013-14 NBA season.
Indeed, a big reason why has been some of the amazing individual performances by multiple members of the squad.
Click through to relive five of the best, with numbers courtesy of Suns stat guru Cole Mickelson.
Miles Plumlee, December 23
Miles Plumlee recorded a career-high 20 rebounds and scored 17 points vs. L.A. Lakers on Dec. 23, becoming the first Sun to post 20+ boards in a game since Amar’e Stoudemire (21 vs. Sacramento, Dec. 5, 2009).
Plumlee joins Stoudemire and Shawn Marion as the only Suns with 20+ rebound-games since 1996-97.
P.J. Tucker, February 25
P.J. Tucker (6-6) had a career-high 16 rebounds vs. Minnesota on Feb. 25, becoming the first Sun 6-6 or shorter to have 16+ boards in a game since Jason Kidd (6-4) had 16 vs. Orlando on Feb. 28, 2001.
Since Charles Barkley (6-6) had 16+ rebounds 48 times, Tucker joins Kidd as the only Suns 6-6 or shorter to do so.
Markieff Morris, March 23
Markieff Morris had 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting in the Suns’ win at Minnesota on Mar. 23.
The performance marked Markieff’s 6th game this season shooting at least 75 percent from the field (min. 10 attempts), t-2nd most in the NBA (Dwight Howard—9, Serge Ibaka—6).
His six such games are the most in a season by a Suns player since Amar’e Stoudemire had seven games in 2009-10 making at least 75 percent of his attempts.
Goran Dragic, February 8
Goran Dragic had a historic performance vs. Golden State on Feb. 8, scoring a then-career-high 34 points on just 13 field goal attempts (10-13 FG, 6-7 3FG, 8-10 FT).
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only once prior in Suns history had a Sun scored 34+ points on 13 or fewer field goal attempts: Gail Goodrich scored 36 points on 13 attempts (10-13 FG, 16-18 FT) vs. the San Francisco Warriors on March 17, 1970.
Gerald Green, March 6
Gerald Green scored a career-high 41 points (12-22 FG, 8-13 3FG, 9-11 FT) vs. Oklahoma City on Mar. 6, the most points by a Sun since Amar’e Stoudemire had 44 on March 19, 2010, vs. Utah.
Green joined Goran Dragic in scoring 40+ points for the Suns this season; the last time the Suns had multiple players with 40+ point games in the same season was 2008-09 (Shaquille O’Neal, Leandro Barbosa, Stoudemire).
Green’s eight threes tied for the second-most in Suns history.