The Suns haven’t lost since Jan. 24. One would assume, then, that their standing in the various NBA Power Rankings would be significantly better
You’d be right.
Phoenix earned no small amount of praise after their flawless road trip and Player of the Week performance from Goran Dragic. Simply put, the Suns continue to be the feel-good story of the year, which continues in this week’s set of rankings.
ESPN.com - 8th
Marc Stein enjoys using common ground to make a point. This one’s a killer:
”Four players averaged 22-plus points, 6-plus assists and 4-plus rebounds in January. Only one of those four is not an All-Star. Kevin Durant, Steph Curry and James Harden will all be in New Orleans. Goran Dragic will not."
Between that and Stein putting the Suns ahead of the second-place Spurs, it’s clear the goings-on in Phoenix have impressed ESPN.com’s committee of one.
NBA.com - 6th
How the tables have turned.
That’s what John Schuhmann points out in NBA.com’s power rankings, anyway. Phoenix has been on fire since their 1-4 mid-January road trip.
”Since then, they're 8-2 with the league's second best offense. Goran Dragic has averaged 22.3 points (in only 31.2 minutes) on an incredible 57 percent shooting in that stretch."
All of that was apparently enough for Schuhmann to give the Suns a four-spot kick up his power rankings, ahead of the Spurs, Rockets and even Blazers.
SI.com - 8th
The endearing aspect of the Suns’ season is its unexpected nature. Phoenix was predicted to finish with 10 fewer wins total than they already have with more than two months still remaining in the 2013-14 campaign.
Matt Dollinger puts it this way
"The Suns are playing like they just don't know any better."
In response, Dollinger knew to bump Phoenix up from 10th to eighth after a perfect week.
USA Today - 9th
Goran Dragic’s non-invite to the All-Star game hurt those who have seen what the sixth-year guard has done for the Suns this seaon.
They can take comfort from these Power Rankings words from USA Today:
“Goran Dragic is not an All-Star, but he might end up being an all-NBA guard at this rate.”
It’s a distinct possibility. Dragic would almost assuredly have been at least a reserve in the Eastern Conference, so he’ll likely be looking at his Western counterparts for All-NBA honors. And unlike All-Star game’s four guards + two wild-card format, Dragic will have the advantage of six spots reserves soley for guards between the three All-NBA teams.
That praise almost made us forget: Phoenix was pegged ninth behind the Warriors despite 1) a better week and 2) a better overall record.
CBSSports.com - 4th
Ninth on one site and fourth on another? It’s true.
Matt Moore’s argument for his four-spot promotion for Phoenix? The team’s collective stubbornness.
"‘Oh, well now that Bledsoe's out, the fun's over,’ fans thought. ‘They can't sustain.’ Phoenix has won five straight, all in a week, and eight of 10. This team is not going away.”