Phoenix Suns set on becoming ‘elite,’ need another star

April 19th, 2014 · 23 Comments

PHOENIX — In their first full season with the Phoenix Suns, GM Ryan McDonough and head coach Jeff Hornacek took the team from bad to good. As miraculous as that task seems when considering where the franchise stood 12 months ago, their next job might be even tougher: making this good team elite. But with […]

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On Goran Dragic’s Phoenix Suns future

January 4th, 2014 · 31 Comments

The Phoenix Suns have won 14 of 20 games finished by Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe, yet national media members continue to believe the team will eventually split the tandem up. Phoenix — which dropped to 5-6 when missing a star guard (including the OKC game Dragic left early in the second half) after Thursday’s […]

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A Phoenix Suns cluster analysis

December 29th, 2013 · 8 Comments

In a business analytics course in my sports MBA program, we learned about a concept called cluster analysis in which a set of objects are grouped so that the objects within each group are more similar than objects in different groups. I applied that newfound knowledge to an NBA dataset I created that takes into account […]

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Pro: Why the Suns should trade Channing Frye

December 8th, 2013 · 29 Comments

The Phoenix Suns spent the offseason slashing veterans from their roster every time they found a playoff contender with a need for such a player. Jared Dudley, Luis Scola, Caron Butler and Marcin Gortat all changed addresses once the Suns were able to find the right asset mix to acquire in return. That left a roster […]

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Phoenix Suns exercise 2014-15 options on Morris twins, Plumlee

October 26th, 2013 · 32 Comments

A day after finishing their offseason trading spree for assets, the Phoenix Suns checked off another item on their offseason to-do list by picking up the 2014-15 team options on the rookie contracts of Markieff Morris, Marcus Morris and Miles Plumlee. As I explained earlier in the week, these were pretty easy decisions for the […]

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Phoenix Suns trade Marcin Gortat to complete offseason of asset acquisition

October 25th, 2013 · 37 Comments

After Amare Stoudemire departed as a free agent during the 2010 offseason, the Phoenix Suns spent two seasons wandering in the desert stuck between being a veteran team fighting for a playoff spot and a young team rebuilding. They ultimately were neither as they failed to reach the playoffs in either of those campaigns and […]

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