Some quick links, stats and fun in advance of Wednesday’s rematch of the ’93 Finals….
- Ian Levy over at Hickory-High conducted an in-depth analysis of how Amare and Nash have fared without each other individually as well as how the Suns are coping without STAT as a team. It’s well worth the read, but to summarize Amare is not scoring as efficiently, the Suns are scoring a bit less while making a lower percentage of their shots within 10 feet and from three-point range, Hakim Warrick is providing three-fourths of Amare’s production at one-fourth the price and Steve Nash’s assist rate is down with MVSteve assisting less on Turkoglu, Warrick and Childress combined than he did on Amare last season. I do expect some of those numbers on the Phoenix side to go up as the new players get more acclimated to the system, but all of these findings are about what should be expected.
- Steve Nash’s latest partnership is with Parrot, a global leader in wireless devices for mobile phones. Nash will be promoting the Parrot AR.Drone, a helicopter piloted using an iPod touch, iPhone or iPadT. As is his style, Nash will be releasing a series of videos involving himself and the product, the first of which involves Nash flying an AR.Drone into a basketball hoop with the guidance of the AR.Drone’s front camera that broadcasts what the device is seeing on an iPod or iPhone screen.
- On the Bill Simmons chat today, The Sports Guy was asked to name his favorite sports tweeter. His response? “I really enjoy Jared Dudley. He’s brought me more joy than any BC grad ever. And I’m including my mom.” @JaredDudley619 tweeted in response that he’s “honored.”
- Entering Tuesday the Suns ranked third in offensive efficiency (scoring 108.7 points per 100) behind only the Lakers and Spurs and second to last in defensive efficiency (yielding 110.2 points per 100), percentage points ahead of the Clippers. That offense has helped the Suns start out 5 1/2 games better than the porous but talented Clips. The Suns also rank dead last in rebound rate as they prepare to face Joakim Noah and a Bulls squad second in that very category.
- Gani Lawal is averaging 12.3 points and 8.0 boards per game in three games of his D-League stint in Iowa, as Bright Side of the Sun writes. Lawal went off for 22 points, 13 boards and two blocks on 10-for-14 shooting in his debut but has not quite matched those numbers since.
- Channing Frye had to pay up on a little bet he made with Josh Childress in the aftermath of the Stanford football team’s crushing victory over Frye’s Arizona Wildcats a couple weeks back. As per the terms of the bet, Childress was supposed to make Frye don Stanford gear throughout the recently completed road trip. Here’s a great shot of Frye in a Stanford Snuggie, looking none too pleased.
- The Suns have dropped to 16th in John Hollinger’s power rankings, but only the Clippers had played a tougher schedule entering Tuesday. Next on that list is the Bulls, who invade Phoenix Wednesday night.