The Phoenix Suns have lost four straight games and find themselves with the third-worst mark in the NBA.
They are 4-6 in their last 10 games and 22-48 overall.
Where is the team in writer’s latest NBA power rankings? What are those writers saying about the team?
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The Heat Index takes a look:
AJ Neuharth-Keusch writes: “At this point, the Suns — who are in the midst of a full rebuild — are just experimenting. Phoenix has shut down Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight and Tyson Chandler for the rest of the season, giving players like Tyler Ulis and Alan Williams room to grow. “We’re not mathematically eliminated from the playoffs yet, but we’re getting close to that point and we have enough young players that we wanted to get them enough opportunity to play and also save some wear and tear on Eric as best we can,” Suns GM Ryan McDonough told azcentral sports on Thursday.”
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Jeremy Woo writes: “TJ Warren has really picked things back up since the All-Star break, averaging 17.5 points and 7.8 rebounds and giving Phoenix a much-needed wing presence. I maintain the best scenario for the Suns is drafting Lonzo Ball, committing to never, ever playing defense and seeing what happens next.”
Matt Moore writes: “I like their young core. I like the stars they’ve now sat for the season. I like their veterans. So why was this team so wretched? At some point, it sure doesn’t look like talent is the issue, but they are still young, and will only get younger this summer.”
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Grant Hughes writes: “The Suns are .500 in March, and they’ve been generating that moderate success with a level of excitement you wouldn’t expect from a team still on pace to lose well over 50 games.”
John Reid writes: “Are 13-23 at home and they have currently lost five straight at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.”
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Andrew Lynch writes: “Unlike the Lakers, the Suns are definitely tanking — they’re just really bad at it. At least we get to see Tyler Ulis play significant minutes over the final month of the season, though.”
Chase Hughes writes: “It will be interesting to see what former Terps star Alex Len gets paid this summer. He’s a talented 23-year-old big man, but hasn’t really proven much.”
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Brandon Jefferson writes: “Devin Booker is well on his way to being the next great shooting guard in the league. Meanwhile, his Kentucky backcourt running mate, Tyler Ulis is earning playing time and praise in his extended role post All-Star break. P.S. can someone see if Leandro Barbosa is done prematurely celebrating yet?”
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