Before the regular season started, few fans would have been willing to bet that the lowly Phoenix Suns could place ahead of legitimate contenders such as the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference standings.
But now, two months into the season, the Suns are 17-10, giving them the fifth seed in the West.
At first, they were a huge surprise to everyone, including themselves. But the longer this fantastic play continues, the more fans and experts will begin to declare Phoenix a force in the West and not just some strange fluke.
Since the last time I graded the team's key players, the Suns have gone 9-3. Some players are looking even better than before, and for that reason their grades will go up. For once, this is a season of wonderful surprises and few disappointments.
Now, as we prepare for the new year, here are year-end grades for every key Suns player.