Phoenix Suns News
Phoenix Suns 2014 Draft Overview
Round 1, Pick 14, T.J. Warren, SF, NC State
Round 1, Pick 18, Tyler Ennis, PG, Syracuse
Round 1, Pick 27, Bogdan Bogdanovic, SG, Serbia
Round 2, Pick 50, Alec Brown, C, Wisconsin-Green Bay
4-7-14: The Suns finished with a 1-2 record against the three teams with arguably the biggest markets in the league. In search of their sixth straight win, the Suns hosted the New York Knicks on Friday. Goran Dragic scored a game-high 32 points that night at US Airways Center as the Suns won, 112-88. Then, Phoenix traveled to Los Angels to play the Lakers at the Staples Center. The Suns unfortunately could not handle Chris Kaman that night. He put up 28 points and 17 rebounds as the Lakers won, 115-99. The Suns returned home for Wednesday’s contest against the Clippers and fell by four points.
4-1-14: The Western Conference playoff race is getting very interesting as the Suns continue to surprise the league. They won all four of their games played this past week, which included a huge comeback win on Sunday. After beating the Detroit Pistons by six points on Friday, the Suns overcame a 22-point deficit to defeat the Timberwolves by seven points in Minnesota. Eric Bledsoe was the man of the match the next night as he scored a game-high 20 points in Phoenix’s 102-95 victory over the Hawks in Atlanta. Then on Wednesday, the Suns completed a three-game sweep of the road trip with a 99-93 victory over the Washington Wizards.
3-24-14: The Suns continue to be in a vicious battle for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Suns had a strong week to keep pace as they had a 3-1 record. They began a three-game road trip at Boston. On Friday, Eric Bledsoe scored 17 points and grabbed 10 boards. It was just the second time in his career that he had 10 points and 10 rebounds in the same game. Then on Sunday in Toronto, Gerald Green scored a game-high 28 points off the bench in the Suns’ 121-113 win. However, Phoenix could not make it three wins in a row. The Suns fell to the Brooklyn Nets, 108-95, on Monday. Phoenix did finish the week on a strong note though: the Suns beat the visiting Orlando Magic by 16 points on Wednesday.
3-17-14: The clock might have struck midnight for this Cinderella. They lost all three games this past week, and it is looking like they might not make the playoffs. On Sunday, the Suns lost to the Golden State Warriors by six points. Then, Phoenix traveled to Los Angeles to complete the back-to-back set. Unfortunately, there was a lot of bad news that evening. P.J. Tucker was ejected for elbowing Blake Griffin in the chin. Tucker was suspended for Wednesday’s game. Even though the Suns lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, Eric Bledsoe played his first game since late December and put up 15 points and nine assists.
3-10-14: The Suns bounced back from their subpar performances last week to post a 3-1 record in their four-game homestand. On Friday, Goran Dragic scored a career-high 40 points as the Suns beat the New Orleans Pelicans, 116-104. Then, on Sunday, the Suns beat the Atlanta Hawks behind a game-high 33 points from Gerald Green. However, Tuesday night was not a good one for Phoenix. Miles Plumlee’s knee did not cooperate with him right before the game, so he sat out. In addition, Leandro Barbosa suffered a broken left hand in the second quarter of the 104-96 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, but the Suns bounced back on Thursday with a big comeback to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 128-122.
3-3-14: The Suns need Eric Bledsoe back from his January knee surgery as soon as possible. They are losing their grip on their playoff spot after a subpar week. However, Phoenix did start the week off right. The Suns blew out the visiting San Antonio Spurs on Friday. Led by Markieff Morris’s game-high 21 points, the Suns beat the Spurs by more than 20 points. Then, Goran Dragic scored a team-high 35 points on Sunday, but Patrick Beverley’s 3-pointer near the end of the game helped the Houston Rockets get the win in Phoenix. The Suns finished their homestand with a nine-point loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday. The Utah Jazz got the best of the Suns the following night with a 109-86 drubbing of Phoenix.
2-24-14: On Friday, Miles Plumlee matched up against his brother in the Rising Stars Challenge. Then, on the following night, Goran Dragic teamed up with Reggie Jackson to participate in the skills challenge. After All-Star weekend, the Suns continued to hold onto their playoff spot. On Tuesday, Gerald Green scored a career-high 36 points in a 112-107 overtime victory over the Denver Nuggets. Although P.J. Tucker was fined for violating the league’s anti-flopping rules for the second time this season, that did not phase Phoenix. The Suns rode a 17-0 second-half run to beat the Celtics on Wednesday, 100-94.
2-18-14: The Suns had a very light week before the All-Star break and went 1-1 against two difficult teams. On Saturday, Goran Dragic poured in a career-high 34 points en route to Phoenix’s 13-point victory over the Golden State Warriors. P.J. Tucker also chipped in 16 points as well as a career-high 15 rebounds to help stop the Suns’ two-game losing streak. Then, Phoenix took on the Miami Heat on Tuesday, and LeBron James was too much for the Suns to handle. Gerald Green put up 26 points in the six-point loss. Fortunately for the Suns, they have many home games waiting for them after their week-long resting period, so they will hope to keep their playoff position.
2-10-14: It was the Goran Dragic show on Saturday night as he scored a game-high 25 points as the Suns defeated the Charlotte Bobcats by double digits. The NBA recognized Dragic’s fantastic week by naming him the Western Conference Player of the Week. Although Phoenix lost each of its next two games, Dragic combined for 47 points and moved his 20-point scoring streak to a career-best six games. As we get closer to the All-Star break, the Suns impressively remain in playoff position. With Eric Bledsoe on the comeback trail and the Phoenix organization being involved in trade discussions, this team could be a real force soon.
2-4-14: Jeff Hornacek could be elected the mayor of Phoenix with how well he has coached the Suns this season. In his first year as an NBA head coach, he has surprised the league by leading this basketball team to their best start since 2007-08. Although the Suns dropped Friday’s game to the Washington Wizards, Phoenix then swept a four-game road trip. The Suns left Cleveland, Philadelphia, Milwaukee and Indiana with victories and currently have three more wins than they did during the entire 2012-13 season. Goran Dragic, who has stepped up his play since Eric Bledsoe went down, was arguably one of the biggest snubs for the All-Star game, and he showed why in Indiana. He registered his 20th 20-point game of the season and handed the Pacers just their second home loss of 2013-14.
1-27-14: This was an important week for the Eric Bledsoe-less Suns, as they won two of their three home games. On Friday, the Morris twins combined for 36 points and 19 rebounds off the bench, but it was not enough for the Suns to defeat the Dallas Mavericks. However, Phoenix bounced back two days later to get a 14-point victory over the Denver Nuggets. Channing Frye’s season-high 30 points led the Suns to the win that night. Then on Wednesday, Gerald Green and Miles Plumlee faced their former team, the Indiana Pacers. The Suns played terrifically that evening, as it was Phoenix’s second-largest margin of victory of the season.
1-20-14: Guards in the Western Conference are dropping like flies. Eric Bledsoe, who has been one of the main reasons for the Suns shocking the NBA thus far this season, remains out indefinitely with a knee injury. Even Phoenix’s new signee Leandro Barbosa, who is providing guard depth for the team, is dealing with shoulder trouble. Although the Suns defeated the Milwaukee Bucks without Bledsoe, the team struggled a lot on its most recent road trip. While each of the five games on the road was decided by five or fewer points, Phoenix dropped four of them. However, the Suns bounced back by beating the depleted Los Angeles Lakers at home on Wednesday.
1-7-14: For the first time since 2007,
the Suns won 10 games in December. They accomplished this feat after playing only 13 contests this past month. It sure has been a fantastic season thus far for the Suns, who have shocked NBA fans everywhere. Although the Suns lost to the Warriors in Golden State on Friday, they quickly bounced back with a 14-point win against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday. Then, Phoenix traveled to Los Angeles to play the Clippers at the Staples Center, and Goran Dragic’s game-high 26 points and eight assists led the way in the Suns’ impressive 19-point victory. While the Suns lost to the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday, Goran Dragic continued his fantastic stretch as he put up a career-high 33 points.
12-30-13: The Suns continued their brilliance, as they won each of their three games this past week. Phoenix defeated the Denver Nuggets, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers to push the team’s record to 17-10. On Friday in Denver, Markieff Morris continued to surprise the league, as he led all players in that contest with 25 points. That scoring performance also represented the most he has put up in a road game in his career. Then, the Suns traveled home to take on the Mavericks. Eric Bledsoe’s game-high 25 points and team-high six assists led Phoenix to the 123-108 victory. The Lakers headed to the Valley of the Sun two days later, and Gerald Green welcomed them with six 3-pointers, which tied his career-high. The Suns impressively won that game by 27 points.
12-22-13: With home victories against the Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors, the Suns moved their winning streak to five games, their longest one in almost three years. Although the San Antonio Spurs defeated Phoenix on Wednesday at the US Airways Center, the Suns remain one of the better teams in the Western Conference this season. Goran Dragic has surprised almost everyone, as he has arguably been one of the best guards in the league this season. In addition, Channing Frye, who has scored 18 points per game in the last three contests, has provided some great outside shooting with a 12-of-17 performance from 3-point distance this past week.
12-13-13: Jeff Hornacek should be in the NBA Coach of the Year discussion for how well he has coached the Suns this season. Since falling to 9-9, the Suns have won three consecutive games for the first time in 2013-14. After a big victory at Houston more than a week ago, the Suns took down the Toronto Raptors at home on Friday and then the Lakers at the Staples Center on Tuesday. Now standing at a respectable 12-9 in a difficult Western Conference, this Suns team is making people think about them as a possible playoff team. They have racked up quite a few important wins early this season, so it will be fun to continue to see what Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe and the rest of the Suns have up their sleeves.
12-7-13: Not many people thought the Suns would be above .500 this far into the 2013-14 season. On Wednesday, they did just that after an impressive victory over the Rockets in Houston. Before Phoenix lost to the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday, the Suns split back-to-back games with the Utah Jazz. The Suns have succeeded this season with balanced scoring. They have six different players averaging double figures in points. First-year head coach Jeff Hornacek has guards Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic leading the show, and it been a success. Bledsoe led all scorers on Wednesday in Houston, and Dragic was the game-high scorer on Saturday against the Jazz.
11-28-13: You know who is really fun to watch? The Suns. And Goran Dragic. And Eric Bledsoe. FUN! The Phoenix Suns have won three of their last four games – all without Bledsoe who has missed five straight- to improve to 8-7 on the year. The Suns beat a very good Portland Trail Blazers team on Wednesday night 120-106 behind 31 points and 10 assists from Goran Dragic and 25 points from the rejuvenated Channing Frye. The Suns may not be able to sustain the winning over the course of the long season, but once Bledsoe returns and he teams up with Dragic in the backcourt, it will certainly remain fun to watch.
11-22-13: The early season darlings of the Western Conference are sliding back to reality. After starting the year 5-2, mostly behind the dynamic play of Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix has lost four straight games – including two straight to the Sacramento Kings. Bledsoe has missed the last two games with a bruised shin and the Suns have also missed Goran Dragic for several games this year. First round pick Alex Len has also been able to play just 31 minutes so far this year. The 5-6 record is appropriate for the roster put forth, but Eric Bledsoe is doing everything in his power to reverse that.
11-15-13: Eric Bledsoe has taken over in Phoenix as the leading scorer and assist man, helping turn what many thought was a sure loser into a competitive 5-3 ball club. The Suns endured some time without Goran Dragic, but has played solid basketball of late, with their lone week three loss coming to the Portland Trail Blazers by just one point.
11-8-13: The Suns are in full-blown rebuilding mode. At least, that’s what everyone thought. Instead of lying down for their opponents due to youth and inexperience, newly added guard Eric Bledsoe has been everything he’s been hyped up to be, and no name players have stepped up during a 3-2 start for Phoenix. It may not last, but with close losses to tough teams like the Thunder and Spurs, there is already a ton of optimism for the Suns in 2013.
11-1-13: The Suns were active this past offseason as they brought in a new head coach in addition to many fresh faces on the court. Former Suns guard and Jazz assistant Jeff Hornacek is now coaching Phoenix with a relatively new roster. They acquired Eric Bledsoe, Gerald Green and Miles Plumlee among others in the last few months. Soon after the preseason, the Suns exercised their 2014-15 options on Plumlee as well as on Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris. Bledsoe, who is starting at shooting guard, gave Suns fans a reason to cheer during the preseason and he will look to bring the same type of scoring and intensity to the regular season.
10-26-13: The Suns traded center Marcin Gortat, Shannon Brown, Malcolm Lee and Kendall Marshall to the Wizards for big Emeka Okafor and a protected 2014 first-round draft pick.
10-18-13: The Phoenix Suns are 3-2 so far this preseason, starting off with three wins, but losing the last two. Goran Dragic has been the Suns’ leading scorer throughout the preseason with a 12.6 points per game average. New addition Eric Bledsoe is leading the team in assists with 5.4. Bledsoe also has the game high in points with 22 in the preseason opener against Maccabi Haifa. Rookie center Alex Len had nine rebounds in Phoenix’s 106-99 win against the San Antonio Spurs for the third win of the preseason. The Suns have two preseason games remaining:
- Oct 22 vs Oklahoma City
- Oct 23 at Denver
8-29-13: The Suns and Bucks have agreed on a deal that will send Caron Butler to the Milwaukee Bucks for Ish Smith and Slava Kravtsov.
8-23-13: With new management on board, the Phoenix Suns seem to have finally established a plan for themselves and our on their way to a positive rebuild. The key offseason move for the Suns was the acquisition of young guard Eric Bledsoe who came over along with Caron Butler from the Los Angeles Clippers. With the fifth overall pick in this year’s draft, Phoenix selected the 7’1” Alex Len out of the University of Maryland (via Ukraine) and with the 29th overall pick they selected Archie Goodwin out of the University of Kentucky. New General Manager Ryan McDonough and new Head Coach Jeff Hornacek have their work cut out for them, but the talent level is without a doubt increasing in Phoenix.
The Suns will open their home season schedule on October 30th against the Portland Trail Blazers. Steve Nash and his Los Angeles Lakers will return to Phoenix on Monday, December 23rd and again on Wednesday, January 15th. The Los Angeles Clippers will make their trips into Phoenix on Tuesday, March 4th and Wednesday, April 2nd. The Miami Heat will make just one appearance in Arizona on Tuesday, February 11th.
Key Home Games:
- October 30th – Portland Trail Blazers
- November 15th – Brooklyn Nets
- December 23rd – Los Angeles Lakers
- February 4th – Chicago Bulls
- February 11th – Miami Heat
7-27-13: The Suns are on the verge of trading center Luis Scola to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for swingman Gerald Green and future draft considerations.
7-1-13: The fifth overall pick in the NBA draft went to the Phoenix Suns and they selected Alex Len out of Maryland. Len is a shot blocking seven footer who can score with his back to the basket. Last year at Maryland the Ukrainian shot 53% from the field While also grabbing eight rebounds per game. At 7-1 and 255 pounds Len already has an NBA body. It will be interesting to see how his scoring ability Translates to the NBA game. Len Was projected high in this year's NBA draft so his position at fifth overall is no surprise. The Suns are also in rebuilding mode and will likely part ways with current center Marcin Gortat. Finishing dead last in the Western Conference certainly affected the Phoenix Suns average ticket prices for home games. Last year at 25 – 57 the Suns average ticket prices for home games was $95. Unless the Suns can improve in the win column expect ticket prices to remain the same or go down. It's Len pans out to be a force at center Suns could improve quickly but that is no guarantee.
Suns 2013 Draft Summary
Round 1, Pick 5: C Alex Len, Maryland. Round 1, Pick 29: PG Archie Goodwin, Kentucky (from OKC via Golden State). Round 2, Pick 27: F Alex Oriakhi, Missouri.
6-12-13: The Suns have fully entered rebuilding mode and the standing show it. Winning only 25 games this year, it was their worst winning output since before the Steve Nash era began. The Suns will select 5th overall in the draft but will also have to attend to their free agent center Marcin Gortat. Gortat was a key piece to the team’s offense and when he went down with an injury, it only made matters worse. Goran Dragic is a strong young point guard with a lot of potential. With added help the Suns can begin to rise once again in the near future.
11-26-12: The departure of Steve Nash hasn’t seemed to slow down the pace of the Phoenix Suns. At 6-8 they are still scoring over 100 points per game but also continue to have struggled defensively. The Suns give up a league worst 103 points per game. In order for them to climb the standing, this will have to change.