Phoenix Suns: Marcin Gortat’s Injury Defines Season for Him

By Cody Williams
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The Phoenix Suns currently have the third worst record in the entire NBA and the worst record in the Western Conference. Without a doubt, it has been a rough season for the Suns franchise in their fans. Another devastating blow that they’ve received this season is the fact that Marcin Gortat, a player they hope to be a part of their future, might be done for the rest of the season.

Gortat has missed the last 13 games for the Suns after spraining his right foot. He has been hopeful about returning before season’s end, but that now seems less likely. Reports that have recently come out say that head coach Lindsey Hunter has said that it is unlikely that Gortat will return to the floor this season.

Phoenix was expecting a big season this year out of Gortat. He had a breakout season last year for the Suns, starting all 66 games for them. In those games, he averaged 15.4 points, 10 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game on 55.5 percent shooting from the field. Though the Suns were still just an average team, Gortat showed an enormous amount of promise.

However, Gortat has been a disappointment for most of this year. He played in Phoenix’s first 61 games, but his production dropped dramatically from last season. He averaged only 11.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game while shooting just 52.1 percent from the floor, the second lowest shooting efficiency of his career.

His disappointing season, ending with an injury, seems indicative of how this season has gone for the Suns. They didn’t do much for most of the season, but had a chance to redeem their season down the home stretch. However, things have just gotten worse; Gortat is probably out for the season and the Suns have been absolutely awful. Disappointment has been spread all around.

Cody Williams is a Senior NBA Writer with Rant Sports. Follow Cody on Twitter @TheSizzle20 and like his Facebook page.

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