Phoenix Suns Making Mistake With Marcin Gortat

By Andy Schmidt
Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Marcin Gortat had a very good first half of this National Basketball Association season with over 11 points and eight rebounds a game for the Phoenix Suns. Gortat appears to be getting the cold shoulder lately from coach Lindsey Hunter and his playing time has gone down which is very hard to explain in my opinion. How can you bench a player that is doing so much for a bad team and expect your team to get better? It just shows how inexperienced and out of tune Hunter is as a coach.

Gortat is having a great year without a doubt, but has scored just 12 points over his last three games while playing only around 23 minutes a game. The Suns are just 17-36 for the season so why stick Gortat on the bench now? There is no reason for it and this is just another reason why Phoenix should be trying to find someone else to coach their team next season. Gortat is a solid player who averaged over 15 points and ten rebounds a game last season. How many coaches are going to bench a player who averages a double-double each game?

The only coaches who do that are coaches who have no clue what they are doing and Hunter fits that description. Gortat deserves better than what he is getting right now in Phoenix because he is probably one of the two best players on the team with Goran Dragic. Phoenix is going nowhere this season so why not have your best players on the court as much as possible?

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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