Mar 23, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Channing Frye (8) dribbles in the third quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) at Target Center. Phoenix wins 127-120. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix Suns Player Profile: Channing Frye

Stats:|28.2 MPG|11.1 PPG|5.1 RPG|1.2 APG|0.8 BPG|0.7 SPG|.432 FG%|.370 3P%

Channing Frye came into the 2013-2014 season off a year in which he was unable to play due to an enlarged heart. Coming back, he was the longest tenured Suns player on the roster, and one of the only veterans on the team. While there were some questions about what his role would be in the new era of the Suns, Frye became a staple of the roster, being one of 29 players in the NBA to play all 82 games of the regular season, His spacing skills added a new dimension to the Suns offense, and his experience made him a valuable leader in the locker room for a team that built chemistry shockingly quickly.

Season Arc

Despite some uncertainty of his status before the season started, Frye was ready to resume his career from day one. He was one of three Suns to play in all 82 games of the season, joining Gerald Green and Marcus Morris, and the only Suns to start for all 82. He had a rusty return early on, but picked up to help the Suns surprising season take shape.  After the All-Star break, things went south rather quickly. After the break, he averaged 9.1 points per game and shot 31.5 percent from long-range. His late season struggles damaged the Suns postseason hopes greatly, as one of their greatest offensive weapons went cold at the wrong time.

Best Game

Channing Frye’s peak game was on January 19th in a win over the Denver Nuggets. Frye broke the 30 point threshold for the first and only time on the season. In that game, Frye put up 30 points while shooting 5-7 from behind the arc, while also adding five boards and three blocks. He probably could have done even more, but he sat out for most of the final quarter to give the reserves some time. Frye hit the high 20’s several times this past season, but never eclipsed his mark from that game.

Strengths 

Channing Frye is a three-point specialist. He has an excellent stroke and timing, and usually takes smart shots. He also is a valuable calming force on a team with a lot of fierce competitors. Frye was even a finalist for the NBA Sportsmanship Award . Frye makes his money off his shooting ability, and he usually does it well

Development

Frye shook off his rust of a year-long absence pretty quickly. However, his development rather ended their. As a sharpshooter, a 37 percent clip from deep is good, but not great. As said before, his cold streak late in the season came at the worst possible Frye.

Weaknesses 

Channing Frye is a sub-par rebounder for a 6’11″starting power forward. He’s tall, but he’s not very bulky, so he often doesn’t crash the boards as well as he should. This is why his role as a starter over the long-term may be in question. The Suns have shooting, but lack interior toughness. If someone, either Markieff Morris, a free agent, or a rookie, can fill that need, then Frye’s role may be reduced. He also isn’t the best defender, and often opposing power forwards would outmatch him in the post.

Future with the team

Channing Frye is due a hefty some of money should he accept his player option for 2014. He may take it, or he may decline it in search of a long-term deal. Another story that has been floated around is his use as a trade piece for the Suns to grab another star. Regardless, Channing Frye has made a great comeback from a major hurdle in his career, and his presence will continue to make a team very happy.

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