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.
|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.|