April 17, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Jared Dudley (3) during the first half against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 118-98. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix Suns Report Card: Jared Dudley

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Jared Dudley (Shooting Guard-Small Forward)

Season Averages:

MIN: 27.5|FG%: 46.8|3P%: 39.1|FT%: 79.1|REB: 3.1|AST: 2.6|BLK: 0.1|STL 0.9|PTS: 10.9 

Matt’s Comments:

Once again Jared Dudley quietly had a solid season. Dudley had consistent production on both ends of the floor all season long and was the glue guy on a team that lacked great chemistry.

Dudley had to deal with a lot of trade rumors throughout the season as the team is currently in the midst of rebuilding and JYD happens to be one of the more desirable players on the Suns roster. Dudley also quietly improved his assist numbers dramatically as his assist average jumped up to 2.6 which is by far a career high.

I’m a bit ambivalent about whether or not Jared Dudley will stick around but I’m hoping he will. Dudley provides solid shooting, defense, and leadership, qualities that are some what scarce on this current Suns team.

Grade: A-

Eric’s Comments:

Dudley played in 79 of the 82 games for the Suns this season. However, he only started 50 of them. While he is getting better year by year, he isn’t as athletic as some other players like Wesley Johnson, which makes it harder for him to play lockdown defense. Dudley did have more and higher quality dunks this season though.

I really like Dudley’s play, generally his accuracy from behind the three-point arc, but he sort of hit his ceiling in his five years in the league. Dudley is a good player, but it’s not like next year he is going to break out as a franchise player. He will probably end up in a trade along with someone else to get a franchise piece, sadly for the Suns and their fans.

Grade: B+

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