The Phoenix Suns almost made the playoffs in 2011-12. Almost only matters in horseshoes and hand grenades. The Suns finished up last season with a 33-33 (50%) record. Here is a look at the players that stood out the most for the Suns last year:
Team MVP: Steve Nash & Marcin Gortat - 38-year old point guard Steve Nash and 28-year old center Marcin Gortat were co-MVP’s for the Suns last year, in my opinion. Nash played in 62 games (all starts) for the Suns last year and he averaged 31.6 minutes, 12.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 10.7 assists per game. He is like the energizer bunny as he made the Suns’ offense go last year. Marcin Gortat played in 66 games (all starts) for the Suns last year and he averaged 32.0 minutes, 15.4 points, 10.0 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 1.5 blocked shots per game. He was a force at both ends of the court last year for the Suns.
Biggest Surprise: Jared Dudley - 26-year old shooting guard Jared Dudley really stepped up for the Suns last year. He played in 65 games (60 starts) for the Suns last year and he averaged 31.1 minutes, 12.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. Dudley looks like the real deal for the Suns.
Biggest Disappointment: Josh Childress - 29-year old SG/SF Josh Childress was softer than a roll of Charmin for the Suns last year. He was 0 for 2 from the free throw line last year in 490 minutes on the floor….and that is amazing. Childress played in 34 games (0 starts) for the Suns last year and he averaged 14.4 minutes, 2.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game.