Victorious in five of their last seven games and sporting a solid 19-12 record overall, the Phoenix Suns have been one of the NBA‘s most surprising teams to this point. The franchise has not made a playoff appearance in any of the last three seasons, but fans are hopeful of a different fate in 2014 and for good reason. Armed with a dynamic backcourt duo, first year head coach Jeff Hornacek has definitely steered the ship back in the right direction.
Goran Dragic is one-half of that tandem. A native of Slovenia, the sixth-year pro is in the midst of the best season of his career. Behind a very solid 49.1 percent shooting from the field, “The Dragon”, as he is often known, has put up a career-high 18.9 points per game to go along with 5.9 assists and 1.4 steals.
Dragic’s partner in crime, 24-year-old guard Eric Bledsoe, is enjoying a breakout campaign of his own. The former Kentucky Wildcat is in his first season with the Suns after being acquired via trade back on July 10. Though he had displayed great talent in sporadic opportunities with the Los Angeles Clippers from 2010-2013, Bledsoe was never given a real chance to reach his full potential until coming to Phoenix. Averaging 18 points, 5.8 assists and 4.3 rebounds through 24 games, it is safe to say that he is taking advantage of his starting role.
Saturday night, Dragic and Bledsoe will look to lead the Suns to their 20th win, a total the team did not reach last season until February 27. That seems to be a very real possibility as they play host to a squad that is in complete disarray. The cellar-dwelling Milwaukee Bucks have talent but are more than ripe for the picking as they come in with nine losses in their last 11 games.