Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Although the minds of most sports' fans are firmly directed toward the Superbowl today, the Suns will be resting after an up and down week with one huge win, and three "meh" losses. Here is a look at which players shined brightest over the past week.
1. Goran Dragic
Weekly Average: 15 points, 8 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals in 35.5 minutes of play
Dragic continued his efficient and productive play this week, and at times showed absolute dominance on both ends of the floor. Goran has the ability to be a game changer when he is playing aggressive...Let's hope we see more of it.
Weekly Average: 10.5 points, 9 rebounds, and 1 block in 29.5 minutes of play
Gortat had another very productive week for the Suns, which has become the norm lately. Suns' fans know what they can expect out of Marcin on most nights and he usually delivers. He and Scola have been the two most consistent players over the past few weeks.
Weekly Average: 17 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assists, 1.5 steals in 29 minutes of play
Beasley followed up his breakout week with another very productive week with nearly identical stats overall. Other than his game at home against Dallas in which he scored only 4 points on 2-13 shooting, Beasley has been fairly efficient and made a positive impact on the team.
4. Luis Scola
Weekly Average: 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assist in 29 minutes of play
Scola continues to be Mr. Consistency for the Suns. His veteran play and his hustle are present every night. Scola almost always finds a way to help the team, and his stat line from week to week is rock solid.
5. P.J. Tucker
Weekly Average: 8.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3 assists in 32 minutes of play
Tucker to a step up offensively this week and began contributing as more than just a defender. With his increased minutes, this is what I was hoping to see from P.J., and this week he delivered. Tucker isn't ever going to be a star player or an offensive juggernaut, but he is proving he can be a solid starter in this league with his defense and all-around hustle on both ends of the court.
6. Jared Dudley
Weekly Average: 13 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assists in 29 minutes of play
Dudley had a decent week, with his best game coming against Dallas at home in which he scored 17 points on 7-12 shooting. However, he is continuing to slip in the rankings due to other players like Beasley and Tucker stepping their game up. I wouldn't be too concerned about J.D. though, he knows what his role is and is playing well overall.
Weekly Average: 10 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assist in 18 minutes of play
Brown improved over last weeks drop-off, and had a 20 point game against Dallas in which he went 7-11 from the field. But overall, Brown's minutes seem to be declining due to his defensive deficiencies. Head coach Lindsey Hunter appears to be keeping his word so far regarding his focus on defense, and is rewarding players who are producing in this respect.
Weekly Average: 3 points, 3.5 rebounds in 24 minutes of play
Morris had a bad week. After quietly being one of the most productive overall players on the team over the past few weeks, Morris derailed. He went 4-17 from the field over the week (ouch), and failed to even register a point against either the Lakers or the Mavs at home. His rebounding also dropped off significantly this week, which is something he can't afford to let happen when struggling with his shot. Markieff is still a young pup though and is still figuring things out, so I wouldn't be too concerned at the moment.
Weekly Average: 2 points, 1 rebounds, 1 assist in 11 minutes of play
Marshall played significant minutes in every game this week other than against the Lakers, and he did ok with the minutes he was given. Marshall is still very much a work in progress, but we are starting to see some of the abilities he has as a player and what he can bring to the team. The key word here is patience.
Weekly Average: 3 points, 1 assists in 11 minutes of play
Bassy only played in one game this week which happened to be the lone win against the Lakers. However, Telfair has been unable to prove that he deserves to keep the spot as the back-up point guard over the development of Kendall Marshall, and we are seeing now that his minutes and playing time are being significantly reduced.
So there you have it. Feel free to share your opinion in the comments below!