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Suns are among the NBA’s most improved teams

Across the last week. By at least one metric.

NBA: Utah Jazz at Phoenix Suns Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Allow yourselves to get excited, Phoenix Suns fans. GOOD THINGS ARE HAPPENING. The Suns scored an impressive 115-103 victory against the Toronto Raptors last night, their second win in as many days. Phoenix is 5-5 in January, and improved to 15-29 with the win in Toronto. Last season, the Suns were 13-31 through 44 games and went a frigid 2-12 in the first month of the year. So like it or not, Phoenix is moving in the right direction. It’s also worth mentioning that zero players have thrown a towel at a coach this season. That doesn’t show up in the box score.

The progress Earl Watson’s club is making hasn’t gone unnoticed. NBA Math, does.........this:

“We’re determining how all 30 teams stack up in wholly objective fashion, using our Team Rating metric to evaluate both season-long performances and the levels the squads have played at in the last few weeks.

As such, placements will be determined by the average score in two components: season-long Team Rating and Team Rating in the 10 games prior to publication.”

And their numbers say:

Check it out, it’s good stuff. Also, they say Eric Bledsoe was the league’s best player last week not named Nikola Jokic or Kevin Durant. The Phoenix Suns machine is back at it Tuesday night when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves, tip is scheduled for 9p ET.

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