Looking over the Phoenix Suns preseason stats shows Eric Bledsoe ranks highly

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It's only preseason. It's only preseason. But there are some trends worth noting.

In going 3-2 in the preseason, the Phoenix Suns are showing some small trends of improvement. Sure, this is preseason but you take what you can get, and this is all we got.

The team is shooting 49.9% from the field and 36.3% on three-pointers, 43.5 rebounds, 9.0 steals and 105.2 points per game, all up from last year by a wide margin. On the downside, the Suns are only making 61% of their free throws and committing 18.8 turnovers per game.

Earmarks of a young team and a deep, deep rotation. Seventeen different players have seen action in at least 3 of the 5 games, with 11 of them getting at least one start. Only three players are getting at least 20 minutes per game (Eric Bledsoe, Markieff Morris, Marcin Gortat). And only one player is getting less than 10 minutes per game (Viacheslav Kravtsov), probably an indication that he will start against the Thunder.

While the Suns aren't running as hard as they want to throughout the year, they are playing fairly well and showing some moxie. After the loss to the Clippers last week, Jamal Crawford said, "they played hard. It's a preseason game but they played hard and the guys that came in really produced."

Here are some other random preseason numbers, in relation to the rest of the league:

Minutes per game

  • Eric Bledsoe leads the Suns in minutes but is only 81st in the league (23 mpg)
  • No other Suns player cracks the top 130
  • As you look at the Suns rankings below, it's important to remember the fewer minutes

Points per game

Steals per game

  • Eric Bledsoe is 2nd (3.0 per game)

Assists per game

  • Eric Bledsoe is 5th (5.4)

Rebounds per game

  • Marcin Gortat is 34th (5.4)

Blocks per game

Among rookies

  • Archie Goodwin and Alex Len are 28th and 29th in minutes per game (17.2 and 17.0)
  • Alex Len is 5th O-rebounds (1.8), 11th on D-rebounds (3.3), 8th overall (5.0)
  • Alex Len is 5th in blocks (0.8)
  • Dionte Christmas is 25th in steals (0.7)
  • Archie Goodwin is 20th in points (6.4)

There you have it Suns fans!

NBA preseason individual player stats

Suns preseason team stats

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