It’s time for NBA awards! The NBA awards season has arrived and it’s time to give out grades and recognition for your favorite team: the Phoenix Sun!
As the regular season winds down and pundits prepare to give out the league-wide awards, who should be recognized as the Suns’ best team performers this year?
Phoenix Suns’ Team MVP : Steve Nash
The entire NBA knows that without Nash, the Suns would not be in contention for the 8th seed in the tough Western Conference. In what could be his last year as a Sun (most of us hope not), Nash is 2nd in the league in assists with an astounding 10.8 assists per game. Despite being 38 years old, Nash led the Association in assists for the majority of the season until Celtics’ G Rajon Rondo took over the leaderboard late last week. He is the critical ingredient in the team’s recipe for winning. With a 115 Offensive Rating and only 19.3% Usage Rate on a weak Suns team, Nash has done historical things. The electrifying, savvy point guard who can create offense in a multitude of ways has been the Most Valuable Player for the Suns this season.
Phoenix Suns’ Defensive MVP: Grant Hill
Grant Hill, without a doubt, is the defensive backbone for the Suns. One of the few players that have the ability to guard the Kobe’s, Carmelo’s, and Monta’s in the league. I don’t have enough fingers to count how many times Grant Hill has saved us in the final seconds of a game this season with his DEFENSE. Convinced? Not yet I’m guessing. Hill has also held league-leading scorer, Kevin Durant, to 20.1 PPG, 32% FG, and 20% 3PFG. By Kevin Durant standards, that’s “crap”. Hill, no doubt, is our defensive MVP.
Phoenix Suns’ X Factor: Newcomers
How ’bout I show you the statistics of first-year players for the Suns?
Shannon Brown : 10.8 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.1 APG, 41% FG, & 35% 3PT
Sebastian Telfair : 5. 9 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 2.3 APG, 40% FG, & 32% 3PT
Michael Redd : 7.9 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.7 APG, 40% FG, & 31% 3PT
Markieff Morris : 7.5 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.0 APG, 40% FG, & 36% 3PT
What I call our “Core Four” Of The Future averaged 32.1 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 5.1 APG, 40% FG, & 34% 3PT in one season. This “Core Four Of The Future” leads the league almost in all categories as the best new-coming quadruplet in the league. The future is bright, Suns’ fans.
Phoenix Suns’ Most Improved Player
C Marcin Gortat is the clear-cut winner for this award. There’s no debating about it. We’re talking about a guy who a year ago was a backup center in the East and now is an elite, top-tier center in the West. Gortat’s stats improved as well as his performance. Gortat raised his PPG by nearly 3.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, and blocks by nearly 1.0 BPG! Impressive improvement all in his first full-season as a Phoenix Sun. Not to mention his amazing efforts on the defensive side either, clearly the best post defender on the Suns, is is second in the league in taken charges and leads the Suns’ in Defensive Rating. Yet another bright spot in our future.
Phoenix Suns’ Executive Of The Year
Lance Blanks GM… Why? Well for once in a couple years, our management hasn’t screwed our chances of winning. Wasn’t a fan of Kerr either… Also, Blanks brought in Brown, Telfair, Morris (drafted), and Redd. “GOOD” season for our management, hopefully we don’t trade away another Rajon Rondo or Andre Iguodala in the draft… *fingers crossed*
Those are your 2011-2012 NBA Regular Season Awards for your Phoenix Suns! Sorry I didn’t do Sixth Man Of The Year Or Coach Of The Year, it’s just that we only have one sixth man and one coach, so hopefully you can put the pieces of the puzzle together.