Nov 1, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (2) is congratulated by forward P.J Tucker (17) on the court in the second half of the game against the Utah Jazz at US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Jazz 87-84. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Suns 2013 Season So Far: By the Numbers

 

Dec 30, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Phoenix Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe (2) makes a basket as he is fouled by Los Angeles Clippers small forward Matt Barnes (22) in the first half of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Overall:

Phoenix is 19-11 on the year, good for the sixth best record in the West, only half a game behind the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers. Being only half a game behind the Clips means they’re very close to possibly winning the Pacific Division, which gives them an automatic top-four seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

Offense:

Phoenix is 9th in points per game at 103.9. That number should go up as the season goes along, and I expect them to finish in the top five in this category.

Even with that many points being put up the Suns don’t have any player scoring in the top 25. Dragic leads the team with only 18.4 points per game.

Seven Suns players are averaging more than ten points per game (P.M. Tucker right behind at 9.1 per game). That’s balance. Plus those first seven players have an above average player efficiency rate (PER).

The Suns just don’t take very many bad shots. Archie Goodwin has the second-lowest field goal percentage at .398 and that’s acceptable for a 19-year-old rookie. Everyone else’s is higher, except Ish Smith’s .361 percentage.

The starter’s field goal percentage is .471. That’s pretty good.

The Suns are still first in fastbreak points, racking up 19.1 per game so far. They even put up 31 against Philadelphia who had been waiting in Phoenix for a week while the Suns had gotten blowout the night before by Golden State.  

Defense:

The Suns are 14th in the league in points allowed per game at only 100.5 per game. That ranking should improve as the next eight games are against sub-.500 teams.

Miles Plumlee is 7th in blocks per game, averaging 1.83.0

This team is good. Better than even most of the media would have you believe. They are young, still getting to know each other, working on chemistry and improving. They’ll be in the thick of the playoff race come April and into May.

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