By The Numbers: Phoenix Suns vs Charlotte Bobcats

For those fans who were worried the Suns wouldn’t fare well on the road trip, the 115-83 drubbing of the Charlotte Bobcats at least showed that the Suns are able to pick on the teams in the East like they did last season. And the numbers bear that observation out.

The Suns improved their defense against the Bobcats. 

(NBAE Photos)

The Suns are 3-0 when:

  • The team scores over 100 points
  • They hold their opponent to under 100 points
  • They shoot over 45%
  • Holding their opponent to under 45%
  • Getting more than 40 rebounds
  • Marion has 11 or more rebounds
  • Bell plays more than 32 minutes
  • Nash has 7 or more assists
  • Barbosa has 2 or more rebounds

The Suns are 2-0 when:

  • The team plays on the road

So from the list we had after Sunday’s game, we lost a few. Skinner only scored 3 points in Tuesday’s game but the Suns still won. Steve Nash only had 7 assists and the team won. And Grant Hill only played 24 minutes. But we added a few to the list as well. The Suns haven’t lost on the road in this young season.

Individual Statistics:

  • Steve Nash has played under 30 minutes twice in the four games he has played
  • Shawn Marion is shooting 42% from the three-point line this season. He has averaged 34% over his career
  • Nash is averaging 19.3 points per game this season. The highest PPG he has averaged in a season is 18.8 in the 05-06 season.

Team Statistics:

  • The starters only scored 68 points in the game. Most of the reason for this is because they played a lot less minutes than they have in the past three games.
  • Phoenix has not beaten a team in the rebounding department yet this year.
  • Phoenix held the Bobcats to the lowest shooting percentages of any of their opponents this season
  • At this point last year, the Suns were 1-3. This season the team is 3-1.

As always, if you have any questions about the numbers above or any suggestions for new numbers I should track, feel free to leave a comment below or e-mail me at blog@suns.com.� Until tomorrow…GO SUNS!

HD Happens

Soon after the Playoff run of 202007 had wrapped up with a disappointing loss in San Antonio, Suns president Rick Welts had an announcement for the broadcast department.

Now you can see all the Suns games in HD. 

(NBAE Photos)

As one who has been on the cutting edge for most of his career (creation of NBA all-star weekend is just one example on a long list), and with all of the Suns home games already sold out for this season, we were not surprised when Rick informed us that the Suns would be the first NBA team to produce all of its local broadcasts in high definition (HD). We were all excited at this opportunity and what it would mean to our viewers – extraordinarily sharp pictures and graphics.� Honestly, this is the biggest transformation in television since we moved from black and white to color.

Selfishly, I knew it meant I would get some of the very best equipment to work with in producing these broadcasts. Since we hire production facilities and technical crews in each city from which we broadcast, I’ve worked in some pretty shaky places with equipment that had seen better days. (Imagine going to work each day to a new office with new equipment and an entirely different set of co-workers.) Since HD technology is fairly recent, all of the TV production trucks I would see this year would be state of the art (or close).

I also knew there was a lot of work ahead. The high definition format we use has 6 times the resolution of your standard definition TV you’ve been used to. All of our graphics, animations and edited videotape packages needed to be redesigned and made better, sharper, clearer.

That was June. As I write this, on the Suns charter flight between Charlotte and Atlanta, we have finished our very first HD broadcast on MY45. The first two local broadcast of the season were also in HD on our broadcast partner FSN Arizona. But unlike the FSN broadcasts, where the Fox network graphics design group produces all of the tape and graphic elements of the broadcast, we do all our own work on the MY45 shows.

We’ve done 10 or so HD broadcasts on FSN in each of the last few seasons – but all from the comfort of our home at US Airways Center and with the power of the nation’s largest regional sports network behind us. This was our first on MY45 and first on the road. It certainly wasn’t without its challenges and even a few rough spots on the air, but it was a tremendous step in bringing Suns fans the best TV coverage possible. And with 8 Suns players scoring in double figures in a 32-point win – it’s hard to complain about anything that happened in Charlotte.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience an NBA game in HD, I urge you to call a friend that has an HD set at their house or head out to a restaurant that shows one of our upcoming broadcasts in HD. Wednesday’s broadcast in Atlanta is followed by Friday and Saturday games in Miami and Orlando. Check it out – and let us know what you think.

See you on TV.

The Big Picture

Do you know what is most annoying about clichés? They’re usually true. Even though I’ve heard them countless times before, I have to admit they are good things to hear and even better things to do.

It’s a long way to #1. 

(NBAE Photos)

When the Suns lost their home opener to the Lakers, some clichés came to mind:

  • Take things one day at a time.
  • Don’t get ahead of yourself.
  • Learn from your mistakes.
  • See the big picture.

Blah, blah, blah… boring, right? Well, maybe, but not when you see the big picture…

Back in October, the Suns.com news team set up a base of operations in Tucson, AZ to cover training camp. It was my first time in Tucson and I didn’t have one of those handy satellite navigation things that talk to you. I don’t know if I could handle that all the time – I don’t want some computer with a British accent telling me what to do. Anyway, the point is that I didn’t know where I was going.

As I drove north on a busy city street, I noticed the traffic getting lighter. Then buildings were replaced by rocks and trees. Eventually the road narrowed to two lanes winding through the landscape complete with bumps, blind curves, and the occasional furry creature. I wondered where I’d taken the wrong turn – surely this wasn’t going toward civilization. I thought I heard the faint sounds of a banjo coming from the trees. Although I doubted the directions, I stuck to them and eventually reached the team’s hotel – a beautiful resort overlooking the valley below.

One day the team had the morning off and I had a chance to take in the scenery. I walked to the edge of a small cliff and took in the amazing view. Looking down, I saw cars appear and disappear through the trees as they were making their way toward the hotel. And then it struck me: this is the big picture. I could see the exact same street I was on before, but this time I could see where it was leading. From up on that mountain, I realized the bumps and curves were all necessary to get me to where I was going.

We’re on another road now – toward an NBA Championship. The season is young – the street still busy – but things will lighten up as we get closer. We’ve already seen some bumps in the road (sore knees, big losses, etc) and it’s easy to start doubting the directions – to wonder if we’ve taken a wrong turn. But the clichés are true: Learn from the setbacks, take each day at a time, and remember the big picture. When we’ve reached the mountaintop, we’ll be thankful for all the twists and turns that got us there.

Give it a Chance: Celebrity Tip-Off

Most sports teams don’t get noticed by their city until half way through the season, and for many teams, that attention only comes if they’re winning. But here in Phoenix, the city knows that the excitement starts on Game 1 of an 82-game season.

I always get a sense of pride when I watch the Suns on TV and see our own US Airways Arena stacked to the rafters with fans.

When the Suns play on the road, I stare at my TV and feel bad for the other teams with acres of empty seats. I imagine how lonely it feels when the dribbling ball echoes through the empty canyon. I mean seriously, where are the fans in Miami? Didn’t you guys win the whole thing a couple years ago?

Empty arenas concern me, so I’ve put together a copyrighted solution: Celebrity Tip Off©. Yeah, I know this sounds absurd, but let’s think this through.

It works well for baseball. The opening pitch is always exciting because you get to see a famous non-athlete pretend to be an athlete. Fans have a bizarre sense anticipation as the Senate Majority Leader winds up, ready to chuck the ball to the nice man with the catcher’s mitt. You can’t decide if you want Mr. Reid to throw a legit strike, or if you want him to pitch the ball way left, knocking out the unsuspecting bat boy.

This bizarre anxiety only lasts about 5 seconds; the ordeal comes and goes quickly. Then the home team pitcher steps up to the mound and the world makes sense again. The fans cheer! You see where I’m going with this.

The people of Portland may or may not show up for tomorrow night’s game when the New Orleans Hornets come to town. After all, the Trailblazers’ #1 draft pick Greg Oden is out till next year, and they’ve lost all 3 games they’ve played this season.

With a Celebrity Tip Off©, Portland-born Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, could go toe-to-toe with New Orleans’s resident crooner Harry Connick Jr. I’d pay to see that. It’s a five-second live episode of Celebrity Fit Club. Obviously Matt will out jump Harry, and the proud Blazers will start the game with the ball. The crowd would go wild! Then everyone on the court could back to their day jobs: Travis Outlaw can block shots, Matt Groening can make cartoons, and Harry Connick can make music. The world makes sense again.

Now that I think about it, even teams with sell-out crowds can win big TV ratings with Celebrity Tip Off©. Let’s rethink the Suns’ first home game this season when the Lakers came to the valley. Everyone in our city was watching because of the intense Suns/Lakers drama that’s unfolded over the past few years (and because we knew we’d probably win.) But the people in LA missed this game because they were busy watching re-runs of The Hills on MTV or wondering why the Raiders broke up with them in ’94. They weren’t living in the present.

This could’ve easily been remedied with a Celebrity Tip Off© between our native leaders: Governor Janet Napolitano of Arizona up against Governor Schwarzenegger of California. Granted, the Golden State has a clear advantage because they’re represented by the greatest body builder of the century, but rumor has it that Ms. Napolitano is working on her ups with Aaron Nelson, the Suns’ Athletic Director. (I just started that rumor.) Janet deserves a chance to show us what she’s got.

With a little research, I’ve found that every city has some famous non-athlete, a hometown hero that I believe is ready to jump. Imagine the tip-offs we could have this season:

  • Memphis Grizzlies: Miley Cyrus, Disney actress and pop singer Hannah Montana
  • Atlanta Hawks: Lil Jon, ATL’s King of Crunk
  • Washington Wizards: Stephen Colbert, Comedy Central pundit and 2008 presidential hopeful
  • Philadelphia 76ers: Will Smith, West Philadelphia born and raised…
  • New Jersey Nets: Ashely Tisdale, star of High School Musical I and II
  • Phoenix Suns: Sir. Charles Barkley, NBA Vet and TNT Analyst


Okay, the truth comes out: I just want to see Barkley play basketball again. We all do. That’s why we need Celebrity Tip Off©. David Stern, do you hear me?
———-

Matt Smith
moved from New York City to Phoenix in 2001. He caught one Suns game on TV in
2004 and has been hooked ever since. Flip on MTV and you might spot Matt in some
re-runs of The Real World and
Road Rules Challenge. Check out
his website: www.supafly.com


Some Eras Never End

Is it any coincidence the 202007-08 Phoenix Suns gave their first real display of grit, pep and verve on the same night Jerry Colangelo was inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor? After all, the man practically invented grit, pep and verve.

Jerry Colangelo, shown here with his wife, Joan, after being inducted into the Suns Ring of Honor. 

(NBAE Photos)

Prior to Colangelo arriving in the Valley in 1968 with the mission of bringing a game called professional basketball to the sunburned masses, Phoenix wasn’t even on the sports map. Oh, sure, the ASU Sun Devil football team under Coach Frank Kush had some pretty good seasons, but who knew about them? Not the major media, that’s for certain – perennially underappreciated in the polls, the Sun Devils wouldn’t become national “somebody’s” until the Pac-8 decided to swell to ten some years later. And there was a rumor that there was a professional baseball team in town, but they were what the rest of the sporting world considered Phoenix to be – strictly minor league.

But Jerry Colangelo understood what it meant to be out in the then-Wild West, so like any good rodeo rider, he grabbed the reins with utter confidence, endured the inevitable bumps and bruises, and eventually tamed the Valley, showing them that basketball was good, it was fun, and it was worth rooting for. In a mere two years, he had the franchise in the playoffs, where they almost upset a team with guys named West, Baylor and Chamberlain. The Suns won the hearts of the city, and the team was firmly, forever, theirs. Colangelo was barely thirty years old.

And he was just getting started.

Over the next thirty-five years, he’d build the team into a perennial contender. He’d make the organization into a prominent player in local and national charities. He’d spearhead the drive to revitalize downtown Phoenix (maybe not the right word, actually, since downtown Phoenix may have never been “vitalized” to begin with) with the construction of US Airways Arena. He’d introduce the Valley to arena football. He’d bring Phoenicians their very own professional baseball team, which would play in its very own downtown stadium, and win its very own World Series trophy. And he’d bestow upon Phoenix a women’s pro basketball team that’s done pretty well for itself too, particularly lately.

With Colangelo’s face taking its place in the Ring of Honor, there’ll be lots of talk about the passing of an era. I don’t buy it. The Colangelo Era will continue in Phoenix for as long as the arena stands, for as long as the ballpark stands, for as long as the Suns are in the city, for as long as there’s a downtown. The history of Phoenix itself since 1968 has been written in large measure by Jerry Colangelo, and he’s left his fingerprints on its future for decades and decades to come. Those who follow him in professional sports in Arizona’s capitol will build their own legacies and, perhaps, dynasties, but they will do so while standing on Colangelo’s broad shoulders.

Without him, I wouldn’t be writing this. And you wouldn’t be reading this.

We are fortunate, as Suns fans, as sports fans, and as Phoenicians, to know him.

Thank you, Mr. Colangelo. May the rim always grant you the friendly bounce.

Honoring Jerry Colangelo

A couple years ago at a function honoring Jerry Colangelo, I overhead a critic grumbling, “I don’t understand what all the fuss is about. The guy’s made a whole pile of money.” I didn’t say anything, but I couldn’t help thinking, “He sure did, and how fortunate we are that he made it in our town.”

Jerry Colangelo was inducted into the Suns Ring of Honor on November 4. 

(NBAE Photos)

Talk about giving back to the community!

If it was a good day for Jerry when he arrived in Phoenix in 1968, it was an even better day for the Valley. Not just for basketball and baseball, but for just about every aspect of Valley life.

As the all-purpose go-to guy here for most of the last four decades Jerry not only was the driving force for in building the Suns from the ground up, but was also the driving force behind the new arena that kept the franchise here. And along the way he built such a reputation for getting things done that Major League Baseball agreed to put a franchise here only if he would agree to get involved.

And as impressive as his sports legacy is, he is about a lot more than sports. He was also the driving force in civic and charitable activities and, as the song they played during the moving halftime Ring of Honor ceremonies said, he did it all his way — which is to say with class.

Most people who become such powerful forces in a community usually are heads of big corporations or wealthy philanthropists, or holders of powerful public office, or the like.

But when Colangelo came here it was to head an organization in a sport that was little more than a cult sport. And while he had nothing to do with an NBA franchise being located here, he had everything to do with building it into one of the most respected and admired organizations in all of pro sports.

In fact, he is to my knowledge the only man ever to build pro franchises in two different sports from the ground up. He was (and still is, for that matter) a unique combination of first class basketball and business skills, not to mention a blend of compassion and competitiveness.

If his success at so many different levels could be reduced to one word, it would probably be trust.

People instinctively trust him. Players trust him, political leaders trust him, his employees trust him, and people with lots of money trusted him enough to invest in the big dreams he brought with him from Chicago.

Admission to the Ring of Honor was of course a foregone conclusion, and putting him in the center position was also a nice and fitting touch. But the Ring is only a basketball honor. At some time it would be appropriate for the community at large to recognize all of his contributions to our quality of life with a statue in some public place.

As the participants filed out after the Ring ceremony Cotton Fitzsimmons widow, JoAnn, leaned over and said, “This is the end of an era.”

Fortunately, it’s not the end of Colangelo, who is still very active, most notably in his capacity as director of USA Olympic basketball fortunes. But in a sense she was absolutely correct. The ceremony indeed marked the formal end of The Colangelo Era.

And if an “epitaph’ is needed for that era, it could well be, “He made a difference — and we are not likely to see his like pass our way again any time soon.”

By The Numbers: Phoenix Suns vs Cleveland Cavaliers

Wow, what a night. Unfortunately, the box score for tonight won’t show that the team honored Jerry Colangelo. It was a great night with many former players showing up to participate in the festivities. Before I get to the numbers, I wanted to comment a bit on the ceremony.

Shawn Marion has been the most consistent player on the Suns in this young season. 

(NBAE Photos)

It was great to be standing in the Suns suite watching former players walk in. They all seemed really happy to be there to honor Mr. Colangelo. Seeing Charles Barkley, Paul Westphal, Kevin Johnson, Tom Chambers, Dan Majerle, and all the rest of the players on one court was pretty cool.� If you have a chance, you should take a look at the video that should be up on the site soon.� Now on to the numbers.

The Phoenix Suns are 2-0 when:

 

  • Scoring over 100 points
  • Holding their opponent to under 100 points
  • Shooting 45% or better
  • Holding their opponents to under 45% shooting
  • Getting more than 40 total rebounds
  • Hill plays more than 30 minutes
  • Marion has 11 or more rebounds
  • Bell plays more than 32 minutes
  • Nash has 10 or more assists
  • Barbosa has 2 or more rebounds
  • Skinner scores 4 or more points


One thing I wanted to point out about these numbers. Obviously not all of the bullets above are causes of the win. Do I really think Leandro Barbosa having 2 rebounds is going to cause a win? No, not really. But I’m just pointing out some trends that I’m seeing over the two wins. I’m sure we’ll be removing some of the bullets throughout the next 4-5 games and adding others. It should be interesting to see what develops.

Individual Statistics:

 

  • Steve Nash is leading the team in both points per game (22) and assists per game (8).
  • Shawn Marion has been the most consistent player on the team. He’s ranged between 14-23 points per game, between 10-12 rebounds, between 0-1 assists, 34 to 46 minutes and between 1-2 fouls per game.


Team Statistics:

 

  • The team has not shot over 50% in a game yet this season.
  • The Suns caused 5 more turnovers against the Cavaliers on Sunday than they averaged against Cleveland last season


Finally, several of you have suggested some numbers you want me to run and I appreciate that! Over the next few days and weeks I will be trying to run those numbers for you and report what I find on the blog. I imagine there are others of you who have questions but who don’t want to post publicly. In that case, feel free to e-mail me at blog@suns.com. The e-mail will come directly to me. Even if it’s not numbers related but you just have questions or comments about the blog, feel free to e-mail me as well.

Phoenix Suns By The Numbers: Game 2

Did I say in my previous post that I couldn’t use any excuses for the Suns if it didn’t show up in the box score? Dang. Well then, I guess I’ll just break down the game by the numbers.

The Suns are 0-1 when the following happens:

 

  • They allow their opponent to score more than 115 points
  • Their opponent shots over 57% from the field
  • Their opponent shoots over 66% from the three-point line
  • They get outrebounded by more than 20
  • They shoot less than 40% from the field
  • They make less than 70% of their free throws
  • Steve Nash has less than 5 assists


Individual Statistics:

 

  • DJ Strawberry will remember this game for more than just the margin of victory for the Lakers. It also was the first NBA game he played in.
  • Leandro Barbosa shot 8-11 for the game and scored 18 points. This is an improvement over the first game where he shot 3-7 and had 9 points.
  • Boris Diaw and Marcus Banks both had more assists than Steve Nash


Team Statistics:

  • The Suns averaged only 45% shooting against the Lakers in the 2006-202007 season. In Friday night’s game, they averaged 43%. The difference in that game was not the percentage that Suns shot but in the percentage they allowed the Lakers to shoot.
  • Despite the way the Suns lost on Friday, there are some bright points. Brian Skinner had 5 blocks in the game. Kurt Thomas had no blocks against the Lakers in the 2006-202007 season. Thomas also averaged about 6 rebounds per game against the Lakers last year. Skinner had 8 for the game.

Also a disclaimer:� I know the analysis above is still a little weak at this point.� I’m hoping to get better analysis going once the team has a few games under its belt.� Only 2 games into the season, it’s hard to recognize any possible trends.� But that being said, if you see anything, please feel free to let me know in the comments!

Aberration Defines Suns/Lakers Game

I have to go to the dictionary for a moment just to explain this one. I know it starts with “a”, or “ab” or something like that. Oh yeah, here it is: “Aberration.”

The Suns were on their heels most of the night but Joe Giilmartin says this is an aberration. 

(NBAE Photos)

How else can you explain a team some don’t even expect to make the playoffs running up a 33-point lead on a team many expect to win it all? Or how Kobe Bryant winds up with 10 more rebounds than Amare Stoudemire and one more assist than Steve Nash?

One thing about being a fan of a mercurial team like the Suns is that you have to be able to take a joke now and then. And with the exception of a tiny smattering of boos in the second period the crowd took this one with remarkably good grace. I suspect there were two reasons for this good humor. One, this isn’t Philadelphia. And two, the fans recognized this exactly for what it was.

The game was so far out of hand by the end of the third period that Laker coach Phil Jackson basically sat all of his starters the entire fourth period and Coach Mike sat three of his, including Nash.

It doesn’t figure to happen again this millennium, but for this night at least the Lakers were poetry in motion and the Suns were still life. The lightly regarded visitors shot the lights out, moved the ball well, and totally dominated the boards. Of course, the Suns didn’t take all this sitting down. They took a lot of it standing still. And once the Lakers realized they weren’t being guarded they all turned into sharpshooters, most notably Derek Fisher, who hit seven of nine from mid-range.

Kobe scored only 16 points, 29 down from his last outing, but was a model team man who helped run the offense and launched only 15 shots.

If you’re looking for a mitigating circumstance, the Suns didn’t get back from Seattle until three a.m., and at times it looked as though they had walked most of the way. And indeed, Jackson himself suggested the Suns had fallen victim to what he called “attrition in scheduling at the beginning of every season”.

In any case, the two active ingredients in defense are energy and heart, and alas, as Coach Mike noted succinctly, the Suns, for whatever reason, had neither of the above.

Speaking of attrition, Jackson probably set himself up for a little himself down the road by calling a time out on top of a Suns’ timeout late in the game. “He took eight minutes over there to explain one play he probably didn’t even run,” said Coach D’Antoni. “Yes I was pretty upset. I though he disrespected our players, but he likes to play mind games, and that’s fine. He might want to try it in the playoffs when we bust them every time.”

The bottom line: Don’t worry. Just as lightning never strikes twice in the same place, aberrations never strike twice in the same season. And I’m with Coach Mike when he says the Suns are still a great team and will be just fine.

Phoenix Suns By The Numbers – Game 1

Being the Web Analytics Coordinator for the Phoenix Suns, I’m surrounded by numbers every day. Most of the time I’m looking at numbers regarding the Suns.com web site. But now that it’s my job to watch the games, I figured I would try something new as well.

This season I’m going to try and write about the trends I see after each game.

The difference between this and other analysis you may find on fan blogs is that I’ll be doing all of my trend analysis only by the box score. There are both pros and cons to doing this.

First the pros:

  1. My trend analysis won’t be skewed by what I hoped the team would do – it will only be on what the team actually did.
  2. I won’t be able to let my favorite players off the hook just because they looked like they were trying hard. If the box score doesn’t show it, I can’t put it in my trends.
  3. The “common knowledge” about the Suns (that they don’t play defense and don’t rebound well) can be proved or disproved by the numbers – not by just watching the game and seeing what I want to see.


And the cons:

  1. The box score obviously doesn’t show everything. There are many times, for example, when a player comes over on help defense and doesn’t get a stat in the box score despite the fact that he was the one who stopped the opponent from scoring.
  2. I won’t get use the excuse of how the Suns played hard but were playing the 4th game in 5 nights. I can analyze how the Suns did on the 2nd of a back-to-back game but can’t use the excuse that they were tired for the reason they lost a game.
  3. The “common knowledge” about the Suns (that they don’t play defense and don’t rebound well) can be proved or disproved by the numbers – not just watching the game and seeing what I want to see.


If you’ll notice, I put #3 in both the pros and cons. I figure this can go either way. I tend to think that the “common knowledge” of the Suns is usually incorrect. The Suns kept the Sonics under 100 points last night and yet SportsCenter was talking about the “defensively-challenged Suns”. So what do the Suns have to do? Keep their opponents under 50 for the game? Twenty-four teams have played a game so far this young season. And 13 of those 24 teams have allowed more point than she Suns. It’s a trend I’ll be following throughout the season to see who’s right: the experts or me? This could get scary.

Now onto the numbers (the season is only one game old so pretty much anything goes at this point):

The Suns are 1-0 when the following happens:

 

  • They hold opponents under 100 points
  • They score more points than their opponent (thanks to Dan Banks for pointing out this stat to me. I never would have realized this otherwise)
  • With the starting lineup of Hill, Marion, Stoudemire, Bell, and Nash
  • Amare Stoudemire scores over 20 points
  • The starters score more than 70 points combined
  • Shawn Marion and Stoudemire get over 10 rebounds each
  • Steve Nash has 12 or more assists


Individual Statistics:

 

  • Grant Hill made two three point shots on 12 attempts last season. In his first game with the Suns, Grant Hill made one shot on seven attempts. At this rate he’ll average 574 attempts for the season. The most Hill has attempted in one season in his career is 98. He made 34 of those attempts that year – a 35% shooting percentage
  • Amare Stoudemire also attempted a three-point shot last night. He attempted three all of last season. Is this a trend that will continue?


Team Statistics:

When playing the Seattle Supersonics in the 2006-202007 season the Suns:

 

  • Averaged 40% three-point shooting. In last night’s game, they averaged 33%
  • Averaged 81% free-throw shooting. Last night they shot 65%
  • Averaged 20 fouls per game. In Thursday’s contest, they had 14.

 

Have any other stats to add to the list? Is there anything you would like me to track throughout the season? Leave them in the comments below! Oh, and GO SUNS!!