Phoenix Suns Weekly Player Rankings: March 17th - 23th

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The Suns went 1-2 overall this week, with their lone victory being an important win over the Lakers, and the two losses being some of the ugliest basketball Suns' fans have ever witnessed. Here's a look at where the individual players ranked over the week.

1. Goran Dragic

Weekly Average: 13 points, 10 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals in 35 minutes of play

At times, it appears Dragic is the only player that's still really trying to win games. There are other players who give a consistent effort, but none like Goran who still seems mentally and emotionally invested in this team and this season.

2. Luis Scola

Weekly Average: 14 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 assist in 27 minutes of play

Has someone told Luis yet that this team isn't making the playoffs? While the majority of the team is already mentally in off-season mode, Luis is playing some of his best basketball of the year. Scola put on a show against Dwight Howard in the 4th quarter holding him to zero points while scoring all 14 of his points and carrying the Suns to a huge win. I gave Dragic a small edge for his overall play this week, but Luis was right there with him.

3. P.J. Tucker

Weekly Average: 9 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist in 26 minutes of play

Tucker has not only continued to play hard and give his all on defense, he also found a way to contribute offensively this week and really stepped up his rebounding as well. Tucker is another player who continues to give his all regardless of the standings or score of the game.

4. Wesley Johnson

Weekly Average: 13 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal in 32 minutes of play

Wes played fairly well this week overall, but had a horrible game against the T-Wolves shooting just 2/12 and registering just 7 points in 22 minutes of play. However, it wasn't like he didn't try...He had a lot of good shots and even nice drives to the basket that just rimmed out...It was just one of those games. All in all, Wes had an ok week, but compared to the rest of the team, he was pretty good.

5. Jermaine O'Neal:

Weekly Average: 9 points, 4 rebounds, 1 block, 1 assist in 22.5 minutes of play

Jermaine O'Neal only played two games this week after injuring his calf against the Wizards, but he has been one of the few bright spots of this team when he's been on the court.

6. Jared Dudley

Weekly Average: 7 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal in 20 minutes of play

Dudley had a good game against the Lakers before developing flu-like symptoms that rendered him ineffective against the Wizards and kept him out of the T-Wolves game altogether. Dudley is another one of the players on this roster still trying to compete, and when he's not playing there is a noticeable difference in the quality of play.

7. Hamed Haddadi

Weekly Average: 4 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block in 13 minutes of play

Haddadi is what he is, a very big body in the post who can give you quality backup minutes with a few points and rebounds. There's nothing flashy about Hamed, but he's been a welcome addition to the team and is helping out when given the opportunity.

8. Kendall Marshall

Weekly Average: 5 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds in 16 minutes of play

Marshall had his best game of the season when the Suns needed it most going 4/6 from the field and scoring 11 points vs. the Lakers, while managing to dish 5 assists and grab 5 rebounds as well. However, he was a non-factor against the Wizards and not great against the T-wolves, but I'm more inclined to chalk up his ups and downs to being a rookie rather than a lack of effort.

9. Markieff Morris

Weekly Average: 5 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal in 18 minutes of play

Markieff had a bad week. On one hand, his 9 points and 8 rebounds against the Lakers was a solid contribution that helped the Suns pull of the win, but his zero effort against the Wizards earned him a calling-out by head coach Lindsey Hunter on the post game press conference...not a good sign. Keef responded with an ok showing against the T-Wolves going 3/6 from the field for 7 points while grabbing 4 rebounds in 20 minutes, but it's not a good omen when the head coach is openly criticizing our second-year player for his effort and heart.

10. Michael Beasley

Weekly Average: 8 points, 4 rebounds in 16 minutes of play

Beasley was flat out awful over the first two games of the week, going 6/18 from the field and playing with no intensity whatsoever on defense. After Hunter benched him for the second half against the Wizards, Beasley responded with at least a decent offensive showing against Minnesota, scoring 11 points on 5/9 shooting. But still, his defense remained poor and it seems like he is just going through the motions out there like more than half of the other players.


So there you have it. Feel free to share your opinion in the comments below!

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