Morning Sunshine: Phoenix Suns News from around the web (January 19)
Bright Side of the Sun: Can Dragic make the All-Star Team out West? (read the whole article by Jacob Padilla it’s good)-
“Finally, Goran Dragic. Pretty much everyone reading this knows how well Dragic has played this year. He’s averaging over 19 points and six assists, and his overall season numbers don’t even do justice to what we know he can do as he’s really stepped up his game during the two stretches without Eric Bledsoe. He’s one of the best guard finishers in the league, shooting a higher percentage inside the arc than even Tony Parker, the gold standard for point guard finishers.
He’s brought his 3-point percentage up from where it was early in the year as well, hovering around 37 percent. He’s shooting 49 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free-throw line. He trails only Lillard among these six point guards in win shares. And he’s doing all of this with an incredibly heavy workload as he is the Suns‘ best distributor as well as their best finisher, and it can’t be easy to balance those two roles, especially with the amount of defensive focus he sees without Bledsoe on the court.
Nearly everyone on the team is having a career year, an as most of them are shooters, a lot of that has to be credited to Dragic as the one creating many of those open looks. Goran Dragic has been outstanding and is worthy of being named an All-Star. But is he the most worthy?”
Once the word got out about the Phoenix Suns, opponents stopped over-looking them. Once there was a sufficient amount of tape on Jeff Hornacek’s team, the Suns needed to react.
That they have done.
Since Eric Bledsoe went down with a knee injury, it became apparent the offense put too much on point guard Goran Dragic. The Leandro Barbosa signing helped, but in the end, Hornacek needed to do more than rest his Slovenian point guard. He needed to set up and help his role players.
What they were doing with Bledsoe wasn’t going to fly. And what they were doing was shooting a lot of three-pointers.
The Phoenix Suns are without a doubt the NBA‘s biggest Cinderella story this season. Fans and experts wrote them off early, but they’ve played through twist after turn, making their own luck and creating opportunities out of obstacles. From the Marcin Gortat trade that seemingly spelled “TANK” in capital letters to the undeniable impact of several step-up performers, it’s been an up-and down-ride to say the least.
It’s no secret that Goran Dragic and Co., have played through it all. The reality of the matter is that Phoenix refuses tank. Even more so, they don’t have to. They’re playing solid basketball despite injuries and personnel turnover, and they’re right in the middle of the playoff hunt. The Suns’ resiliency to adversity has been a resounding theme throughout the season, and they’ve found a groove recently.
Plus, they’ve already got first-round picks coming their way in 2014. With a new coaching staff setting the tone, the Suns won’t throw in the towel this season and have turned at least ten challenges into opportunities this year. Don’t expect them to go anywhere in the second half of the season.