We know that the Phoenix Suns will not be a league leader in the NBA's most important statistical column: win-loss record. In fact, GM Ryan McDonough's team in the desert probably shouldn't make the postseason—even with the additions of Eric Bledsoe, Caron Butler and No. 5 overall pick Alex Len.
As the organization continues to move forward—and I truly believe that bringing in McDonough from the Boston Celtics organization was a positive first step—regular season statistics will be the most reliable foundation for talent evaluation. That leaves 82 games for each individual on the roster to prove to the new basketball operations team that he deserves a permanent place in the Suns' future blueprints.
Last season, point guard Goran Dragic and center Marcin "The Polish Hammer" Gortat were the Suns' stat hogs, together earning the team-high ranks in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. Alas, the team won a measly 25 games and finished dead last in the Pacific division.
Oftentimes, hitting rock bottom is a necessary step to an entirely successful rebuild. While many athletes and their coaches get defensive when critics suggest they are "tanking," Phoenix didn't exactly play like a contender in 2013. Their insuccess led to the selection of Maryland's Alex Len and marked a true starting point for a new generation of Suns basketball.
Who will emerge in 2013-14 and lead Phoenix's rebuilding efforts? Click through for an early look at predictions on statistical category leaders for the upcoming season.