Suns Youth Displaying Remarkable Efficiency

by Ben York

The Suns are 6-5 on the year thus far, but their record isn’t necessarily a balanced indication of the true quality of their play.

For example, Phoenix is currently 6th in Offensive Rating (100.6 points scored per 100 possessions), 8th in Defensive Rating (94.7 points allowed per 100 possessions) and 5th in Net Rating (+5.9).

Offensively, they have the 4th-fastest pace in the league (106.2 possessions per game), are 4th in 3P% (37.7%), 3rd in 3Ps per game (9.7) and 5th in Fast Break PTS per 100 possessions (15.3).

On the other end of the floor, Phoenix is 2nd in Defensive Rebounding % (80.6%), 2nd in 2nd Chance Points allowed per game (7.1) and 7th in Steals per game (9.1). Furthermore, the Suns currently have a Defensive Rating (points allowed per 100 possessions) of 98.6; the Suns haven’t posted a Defensive Rating below 100 for a season since 2002-03 (99.4).

Perhaps most impressive, RealGM notes the Suns’ efficiency ranks in the top echelon of the NBA.

The Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs entered the season as popular picks to win the title and all three rank in the top-10 in both offensive and defensive efficiency. The fourth team joining them in that category are the Phoenix Suns. Teams that finish the season ranked in the top-10 in both categories tend to have a greater probability of making a deep playoff run.

Indeed, the most remarkable and encouraging aspect of these stats is that RealGM’s chart is determined by the average age of all players who receive 20 or more minutes per game.

That is to say, the 2015-16 Suns are, essentially, the only “young and efficient” team -- offensively and defensively -- in the NBA.

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