What a season it has been for the Phoenix Suns’ Gerald Green. The veteran journeyman has been all over the league; this is his seventh team since being drafted in 2005. This has also been his best season yet.
Prior to Thursday night’s game, Green came in averaging a career-best 15.2 points per game. His improvement has been key for the Suns as Eric Bledsoe has missed a significant portion of the Suns season.
Green continued his terrific season with his best performance of his career on Thursday night. Green scored a career-high 41 points in a 128-122 victory over Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder. He shot 12-22 from the field, 8-13 from three-point range and 9-11 from the free throw line.
The Suns now stand at 36-25 following their victory. They now sit as the seventh seed in the NBA‘s Western Conference. They are 0.5 games ahead of the Dallas Mavericks, who are in the eighth seed, and 1.5 games ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies.
Few people thought the Suns would be in this position; Jeff Hornacek has been outstanding and has to be one of the leading candidates for the Coach of the Year Award, Goran Dragic has played at an All-Star level and Green’s performance this season is placing him as a candidate for the Most Improved Player of the Year Award.
The importance of Green to the Suns cannot be questioned. His performance has been terrific this season and the Suns need him as they continue to vie for a playoff spot.
If he keeps this up once Bledsoe returns next week, Phoenix will be a playoff team. They will also be a very dangerous playoff team.