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Phoenix Suns Weekly Player Rankings: January 20 - January 26

When the dust finally settled after a chaotic week prior, the Suns actually put together a fairly nice streak of games going 2-1 overall. Here's a look at the individual player rankings for the past week.

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1. Goran Dragic

Weekly Average: 13 points, 10 assists, 2 rebounds in 33 minutes of play

Nobody had a better week for the Suns than Goran Dragic. Not only was his scoring up over the past few weeks, the most noticeable difference was his assists...averaging 10 per game for the week. This is the type of play Suns fans have been expecting from Goran on a more consistent basis.

2. Marcin Gortat

Weekly Average: 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 1 block in 33 minutes of play

Gortat had another very productive week for the Suns, and has become a very consistent player over the last couple of months. Marcin seemed like he was on a roller-coaster with his up-and-down play and production early in the season, but he seems to have found a nice balance and is giving the Suns quality play in the low post.

3. Michael Beasley

Weekly Average: 17 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists in 23 minutes of play

Beasley gets the nod for most improved player this week, and did so well he not only jumped out of the bottom of the rankings, but leaped to a very strong third place overall. Nobody has seemed to benefit more from the change in coaching than Beasley, who has earned more minutes and been much more productive. Beasley has been a different player over the past couple of weeks, and is starting to finally live up to some of the expectations the team and fan base had for him when he was signed. But can he keep it up?

4. Luis Scola

Weekly Average: 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assist in 32 minutes of play

Scola is the most consistent player on the roster. I rarely have to change his stat line from week to week by more than one or two digits in each category. We all know what we can expect from Scola game after game...Solid play, veteran savvy, and one of the best ground games in the league.

5. Jared Dudley

Weekly Average: 11 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists in 27 minutes of play

Dudley came back to Earth a little bit this week after stringing together a long list of impressive games. Dudley had his best game against the Spurs last night scoring 23 points, grabbing 5 boards, and dishing 5 assists. But he only scored 3 points against the Clippers and only 8 against the Kings which brought down his totals for the week.

6. Markieff Morris

Weekly Average: 11 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist in 24 minutes of play

Morris continues to improve each and every week, and is quietly becoming one of the best all-around big men on the team. He is developing some very nice offensive moves to complement his rebounding and defense, and is earning more minutes in the process.

7. P.J. Tucker

Weekly Average: 7 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists in 30 minutes of play

Tucker's minutes increased quite a bit this week but his overall production went up only marginally. As always, you can't really judge Tucker's impact by the stats alone, and his defensive contributions are what keeps him on the floor. Still, with 30 minutes of playing time, I would like to see a little more production.

8. Shannon Brown

Weekly Average: 8 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist in 20 minutes of play

Brown capped off a bad week with a flagrant-2 ejection last night vs. the Spurs. Shannon's minutes have been on the decline over the last three games, and you wonder if Hunter's style of coaching and his focus on defense is a part of that. We'll see if Brown can bounce back this week.

9. Sebastian Telfair

Weekly Average: 4 points, 3 assists in 15 minutes of play

Telfair has kept his job as the back-up point guard thus far, but for how much longer? Speculation over Hunter's plans to play Kendall Marshall more have so far been wrong, but with Telfair doing little to keep his job as the number two, you have to wonder if Marshall will get his shot soon.

10. Wesley Johnson

Weekly Average: 0 points, 2 rebounds in 7 minutes of play

Jermaine O'Neal didn't play at all this week, and the only other player that even registered a stat was Wesley Johnson who played a grand total of 7 minutes against the Kings and grabbed two rebounds during his time on the floor. Johnson gets the last spot by default not because of bad play, but based on his impact for the Suns this week, which by little fault of his own wasn't much at all.

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

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