Before the regular season began, you might have been hard-pressed to find an expert willing to bet that the Suns would be above .500 one month into the season.
And yet, here we are.
The Phoenix Suns are 8-7, surprising every fan that expected them to tank. Despite an exceptionally competitive Western Conference, and the fact that the highly anticipated backcourt duo of Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe have played just two games together, the Suns are exceeding expectations. Young prospects and veterans alike are stepping up at every position to help this team win.
And now, it is time to grade some of those key players.
These evaluations will be based on both performance and expectation. Keep in mind that expectation plays a huge role in determining a player's grade. If a starter and a role player are putting up similar statistics, they will receive much different grades.
Here are the report cards for 10 key Phoenix Suns players (arranged in order of minuted played per game).