Entering the 2013 season, the Phoenix Suns were obviously a team in rebuilding mode. They weren’t to be taken seriously or looked at as a potential playoff squad. Sure, they have some young talent, but that won’t equate to wins right away. On top of that, they have a brand new, first-time head coach in Jeff Hornacek. This year will be a season ultimately to forget, but a good one to build on.
The Suns are sitting at 12-9 at the moment and are just as in the playoff race as anyone else in the West, for the most part. They’re winning games. They’re not only winning games, they are doing it as a team. Phoenix is not even in the top-12 in scoring, rebounding, assists or points allowed. But, they are winning games.
Well, as I said, they have had a serious team effort thus far. But, two guys that have stood out are in the starting back court. Take a look at what Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic have done this season:
Dragic: 18.4 points (career high) on 48.1 percent shooting (career high) to go along with 6.3 assists per night (second highest of career.
Allow me to blow your mind for a minute. Bledsoe hasn’t been healthy for the entire season, but he’s played in 15 0f 21 games. Dragic has played in 18. Dragic is averaging those numbers while Bledsoe is doing this: 18.6 points per game (career high) on 47.8 percent shooting (career high) to go with 6.2 assists (career high) and 1.6 steals (career high) per game.
Wow, that’s quite impressive. This Suns team is led by, arguably, one of the best back courts in all of basketball. But here’s the thing — no one is really talking about them. You don’t hear them raved about every day on Sportscenter, they’re not labeled “superstars” by any means, and, sadly they might not be voted into the All Star Game simply because it’s become based on popularity.
Phoenix is a very good basketball team — right now. They’re not concerned in the least bit about next year. They’re proving they can win games now, and it’s first and foremost thanks to the play of Bledsoe and Dragic. The two have been phenomenal this year, and it will be a lot of fun to watch where they both end up, as far as the stat lines are concerned, come the end of the season.