Feb 20, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat (4) shoots the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix Suns Report Card: Marcin Gortat

Marcin Gortat (center) 

Season Averages: MIN: 30.8|FG%: .521 |3P%: .000|FT%: .652 |REB: 8.5|AST: 1.2|BLK: 1.6|STL 0.7|PTS: 11.1


Eric’s Comments:

Gortat missed the final 20 games on the Suns schedule, which definitely hurt his value on the trade market, which is where he needs to be this off-season. This is not because he is not a serviceable center in the NBA, but because Phoenix is “beginning” a rebuild and a 29-year-old center doesn’t really fit into that plan. Gortat needs to work on finishing better around the rim, but this year had worked on his jumper and was having a pretty good season before going down with the foot injury.

The ideal situation for the Suns with Gortat is him: getting totally healthy and better talent-wise with some off-season work. Both would up his trade value, which is at its lowest point since he was in Orlando backing-up Dwight Howard. With a hyped Gortat and some other pieces, Phoenix may be able to get some draft picks for next year (VALUABLE!) and some young players to develop, as they start to rebuild.

Grade: B


Matt’s Comments:

Gortat had a solid season for the Suns but if his play this season revealed anything about him it was that he’s not much of a scoring threat without a great passing point guard. Gortat’s scoring, free throw numbers, and field goal percentage all took a hit in the absence of Steve Nash.

Gortat seemed awfully uneasy in Phoenix this season. Earlier the season he had a few controversial interviews done in Polish, and for the most part during those interviews he pretty much pointed the finger at everyone but himself. That doesn’t say much about Gortat’s character regardless of whether or not his teammates and the coaches deserved the blame.

All in all, the Suns were better with Gortat this season than without given the Suns went 3-18 in Gortat’s absence.

Grade: C+ 


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