Suns Spreading the Wealth on Offense

Barry Gossage/NBAE

“There’s not enough basketballs to go around.”

That’s the mantra often heard when a roster boasts several ball-dominant players.

It’s a not problem, however, the Suns possess. The two players who handle the ball the most (Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe) are also their two best passers. Both of them rank in the top 30 in individual time of possession per game, but they’re also the only teammates in the top 25 in assists per contest.

That’s as much byproduct as it is game plan. Bledsoe and Dragic are the focal points of the offense, and Head Coach Jeff Hornacek wants them to finish any chance they get. It’s the reason they’re the top two scorers on the team.

Opponents know that. They do their best to adjust. But again, both Suns’ guards are above-average passers, which turns extra defensive attention into extra opportunities for teammates.

The result: everyone is getting their fair share of shots, as seen through the first 30 games of the season.

Shot Attempts Per Game

  • Goran Dragic – 13.5
  • Eric Bledsoe – 13.0
  • Gerald Green – 10.4
  • Markieff Morris – 9.6
  • Channing Frye – 9.2
  • Miles Plumlee – 8.6
  • Marcus Morris – 8.5
  • P.J. Tucker – 7.9
  • Take a look at that again. Gerald Green hoists the third-most shots on the team despite playing just 26.5 minutes per game. Marcus Morris averages well over eight despite playing the least number of minutes among regular rotation players (22.6). Plumlee’s opportunities are simple – rolls to the basket and occasional post-ups for the most part – but they add up quickly.

    More importantly, there’s not a glaring disparity between any of them when it comes to what basketball players care about most: how many times they get to shoot the ball. No one feels especially left out of the offense.

    “When you look at our shot attempts usually in games, they’re pretty well balanced because teams have to do something against Goran and Eric and now the other guys get their shots,” Hornacek said. “If we were having Eric and Goran each getting 19, 20 shots and the rest of the guys are getting seven or eight, then we probably have a little bit of a problem. For the most part, it’s been well spread out.”