Expect the Unexpected from the Phoenix Suns

Thomas YungContributor INovember 20, 2009

Did we expect the Suns to be leading the league standings?

The Phoenix Suns were only expected to make the eighth seed in the ultra competitive Western Conference Playoffs this year but instead, they are fighting for the top spot of the Pacific Division ahead of the reigning champions, the LA Lakers.

The Suns are currently at the top of the league standings tied with the Atlanta Hawks for the top spot. They have formulated the playbook with high octane offense while adding a little bit of defense. The upgraded playbook is currently working pretty well so far.

Did we expect Frye to be a better fit than Shaq?

The addition of Channing Frye was only expected to fill in for Robin Lopez on the bench before Lopez got sidelined by a foot injury. Instead, Frye is currently leading the Suns in 3P % at 46% ahead of Nash at the starting centre position.

Did we expect Phoenix to play defense?

Well, the Suns are still not exactly playing lockdown defense but they have managed to get some late wins by playing good defense especially in the fourth quarters so far by holding their opponents to 40% field goal.

The continued development in defense and hustle for Jared Dudley and Lou Amundson were also noticeable in getting the Suns to their current standing.

Did we expect Steve Nash and Grant Hill to play like they are 25?

During last season, there were doubters as to whether Steve Nash at 35 is on the decline when he posted less than stellar numbers compared with his previous MVP seasons. This season, Alvin Gentry, the coach of the Suns gave Nash free reign on running this team on the court and Nash is once again orchestrating this team’s offense like the modern day Bob Cousy that we know he is.

Grant Hill declined offers from other teams such as the Boston Celtics to play with the Suns before the start of the season. Hill at 37, has played more games than any Suns on the roster so far counting back to last season. His number continues to be impressive and he is still very deadly in the clutch.

Did we expect to see Amare Stoudemire in a Suns uniform at the start of the season?

Before the start of the season, many were expecting Stoudemire to be traded to the Golden State Warriors for Anders Biedrins and Stephen Curry. Brief rumors also surfaced involving Stoudemire for Al Jefferson of the Minnisota Timberwolves.

After recovering from a serious eye injury, Stoudemire is once again in a Suns uniform as the team’s primary source of offense while entering his final contract year.

Will we be expecting the Suns to play in the NBA Finals this year?

It is still early to say whether the Suns style of play will hold up against the mighty Boston Celtics or the reigning champions LA Lakers in a seven games series. Despite being at the top of the league standings now, no one is expecting the Suns to be playing in the NBA Finals this season.

However, we can always expect the unexpected especially with the Phoenix Suns.

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