Suns Player Power Rankings: First Fifth of the Season

 

Nov 20, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Miles Plumlee (22) blocks the shot of Sacramento Kings forward Jason Thompson (34) in the first half at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Through 17 games, which marks the 20 percent mark for the 2013-14 season, the Phoenix Suns hold a 9-8 record.

With a huge overhaul this offseason and lots of new faces, I took a look at the hierarchy of the team. Below are the Suns player power rankings, where I ranked the entire roster in terms of current importance, with some bias toward those who exceeded expectations.

Rank Player MPG PPG APG RPG PER Comments
1 Goran Dragic 34.0 18.0 7.2 3.0 21.59 Dragic is the co-face of the franchise, along with Bledsoe. The Dragon seems to have improved in every facet of his game.
2 Eric Bledsoe 33.6 19.6 5.9 4.5 23.16 Bledsoe is fantastic. His shot is so much better than realized, his leadership is great, and he already has a game-winning buzzer-beater.
3 Markieff Morris 26.1 12.6 1.7 5.8 19.61 Markieff has vastly improved so far this season, even winning Western Conference player of the week. He’s now reached the level he was drafted at, maybe even better.
4 Gerald Green 28.9 14.5 1.4 2.8 15.04 Known solely for his leaping ability and being a journeyman, Green broke out as an elite three-point shooter and above average role player, who filled in
5 Miles Plumlee 29.3 10.1 0.5 8.5 15.28 Plumlee is the starting center in Phoenix after playing only 55 minutes with the Pacers last season. He is reliable and helps speed the team up with his athleticism.
6 P.J. Tucker 31.1 9.0 1.6 4.8 12.11 Tucker is the starting small forward and has improved his offensive game tremendously. He is relied on in crunch-time for huge rebounds and smart decisions.
7 Channing Frye 27.0 10.8 0.8 5.2 15.60 While technically the starting power forward, Frye splits the rime almost equally with Markieff. His story is so great coming back strong after missing a year due to an enlarged heart. 
8 Marcus Morris 22.7 10.2 0.9 4.9 16.22 Marcus is the backup small forward and has been rapidly improving with brother Markieff.
9 Archie Goodwin 11.4 3.4 0.4 1.7 6.62 Goodwin is the future of the Suns. He shows some flashes of brilliance, but is still very raw. He’s the last player in the rotation.
10 Ish Smith 12.8 2.8 2.2 1.3 8.01 Ish Smith solidified himself as the backup point guard, though he doesn’t play too much because of the hyped Dragic and Bledsoe backcourt lineup.
11 Dionte Christmas 7.6 2.3 0.1 1.3 8.88 Christmas is a fantastic catch and shoot player, who brings energy off the bench, but is an insurance policy on the off-chance a wing player gets injured. Otherwise he will only get occasional playing time.
12 Alex Len 7.8 1.8 1.8 0.3 9.27 Len is the back-up center and the fifth-overall pick by the new GM. He’ll be around for a while, but is currently injured off and on, and is still learning the game.
13 Slava Kravtsov 3.3 1.0 0.0 0.8 5.69 Kravtsov is the third-string center, barely plays, and won’t be around for long.
14 Emeka Okafor N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Okafor was traded to Phoenix just as a salary dump to get Marcin Gortat to Washington. He’s injured and probably won’t play for the Suns.

 

Topics: Basketball, NBA, Phoenix Suns

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