Phoenix Suns Down Toronto Raptors, Find Themselves in Tie For Eighth in West

By Shane Phillips
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Ask the average NBA fan to name three players on the Phoenix Suns‘ roster and I bet they can’t even name one. Ask the same fan to name a player from the Toronto Raptors and you might get him or her to name Rudy Gay or Tyler Hansbrough.

Anyway, the Suns do not have that big name or famous face and the days of Steve Nash, Shawn Marion and Amare Stoudemire feel like a distant dream. These handicaps and long-lost memories have not stopped Phoenix from finding some success this season. That success continued Friday night as they defeated the Raptors, 106-97.

Despite not a single player averaging above 20 points per game, the Suns find themselves in a tie for the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference. There is still a lot of time and games before the playoffs, but I do not think anyone expected Phoenix to compete for a postseason position.

Based on the fact that Eric Bledsoe is the biggest name on the team, the Suns should be at the very bottom of the Association. Add in their statistical information along with their roster and they should automatically earn a top five draft pick.

Instead, the Suns have impressive wins over the Houston Rockets and Portland Trailblazers, but disappointing losses to the Utah Jazz and Sacramento Kings. I am not saying that Phoenix is a lock to make the playoffs or that they will even earn a postseason spot, but I would keep an eye open because at 11-9, this team could be a surprise sleeper in the West.

Shane Phillips is an NBA Writer for Follow Shane on Twitter @Smphil01, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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