The 14-9 Phoenix Suns are turning heads and finally receiving the national attention they deserve.
They are significantly better than the teams like the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers who will always get too much media coverage no matter how good they are during any season. The Suns are also currently better than the lauded Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves and the New Orleans Pelicans. They are the sixth seed in the hotly contested Western Conference, on a five-game winning streak and five games above .500, which would be good for the third seed in the Eastern Conference only behind the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat. Additionally, Phoenix is only a game and a half behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the Pacific Division lead and a guaranteed top-four seed in the postseason.
All these facts should have gotten national recognition earlier but the writers, columnists and everyone else outside of Arizona has finally caught up.
Starting out with Bill Simmons the founder of Grantland, a distinctly separate, but connected with ESPN.com and NBA analyst commented on the Dragic/Bledsoe duo.
Biggest NBA surprise this year for me: how well Dragic & Bledsoe have meshed together. A 2-pronged attack night after night, so effective.
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) December 16, 2013
Frank Isola from the New York Daily News also commented on the Suns’ dynamic backcourt.
The Phoenix Suns have the NBA’s most underrated backcourt.
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) December 16, 2013
ESPN’s reporter Pedro Gomez added some words on Hornacek and the Suns.
Grantland writer and NBA analyst, Zach Lowe named the Suns as the best story in the league right now, even over the Portland Trailblazers.
PHX shooting, especially Frye, forced GSW into all sorts of painful adjustments last night. PHX is the best story in the league right now. — Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) December 16, 2013
ESPN’s college basketball writer Jeff Goodman added more words on Hornacek’s great coaching.
Jeff Hornacek deserves mention for Coach of Century thus far. Has Phoenix Suns out to a 14-9 mark. Beat Golden State last night. — Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) December 16, 2013
Other writers have analyzed how the Suns’ offense is working.
ICYMI – Eric Bledsoe is a star and the Suns are legit -http://t.co/wPVTCJ6nRK
— Jonathan Tjarks (@JonathanTjarks) December 16, 2013
Wrote about the Suns and how Bledsoe + Dragic + Frye + pick and pops = OFFENSE: http://t.co/Rc4Lmn8oxk
— Jared Dubin (@JADubin5) December 17, 2013
The Suns are turning the spotlight toward the desert and the Suns will have to hold up against more media scrutiny in the coming weeks. They will also have to stay focused as they get everyone’s best shot the rest of the season.