I read somewhere that with 45 wins, they have the third-highest total to never make the playoffs in the 16-team format. Maybe 46 before this is all over. 48, by GSW last year, was the highest total ever.
A list of bad losses (meaning, to bad teams they should have beat) includes:
Chicago (11/7), Miami (11/28), New Jersey (11/30), Indiana (1/7), Minnesota (1/16), New York (1/21), Charlotte (1/23), Chicago (1/31), Golden State (2/4), Philadelphia (2/9),
Miami (3/4), Sacramento (3/29), Memphis (3/10)
Don't read into this; Gentry hasn't had the opportunity to lose too many of those games and he did navigate the 0-6 stretch that killed the Suns in early March. Anyway, that's 13 games. Against those teams, the Suns should have easily won 7 games. The teams of yesteryear would have done at least that much. That's 52 or 53 wins -- maybe more. Right now, Denver is in second with 54 wins (and one game to go). The Suns are also under .500 on the road since for the first time (I think) since the last time they missed the playoffs.
I have no idea what all this means. It could mean that with a little tweaking they are a contender and top-four WCF playoff team. It could mean that the aging vets didn't care enough to give it their best effort against inferior teams. It could mean that the team doesn't care enough to come out and play on a consistent basis. It could mean Porter was doing something wrong. It could mean that next year, the development of a bench could give the aging vets some rest during the season when the inferior teams are on the schedule.
It does mean the Suns have under-achieved this year.
No point, just some observations to keep in mind when considering the necessary off-season moves.