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Fantasy Basketball Team Analysis: 2011-12 Phoenix Suns

by on Oct.18, 2011, under Team analysis

Steve Nash, Marcin Gortat, Jared Dudley

The man in the middle is the one to watch this season. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Depth chart:
PG: Steve Nash, Aaron Brooks**, Zabian Dowdell
SG: Jared Dudley, Vince Carter, Mickael Pietrus
SF: Grant Hill*, Josh Childress
PF: Channing Frye, Hakim Warrick, Markieff Morris, Gani Lawal
C: Marcin Gortat, Robin Lopez, Garrett Siler

* unrestricted free agent
** restricted free agent

Relevant fantasy players and their projected draft positions/per-game stats:
- Marcin Gortat, C (Rd. 4): 55% FG, 70% FT, 15.5 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Ast, 0.5 Stl, 1.3 Blk, 1.3 TO
- Channing Frye, PF/C (Rd. 4): 44% FG, 80% FT, 2 Threes, 13 Pts, 6.5 Reb, 1.5 Ast, 0.5 Stl, 1 Blk, 1 TO
- Steve Nash, PG (Rd. 5): 50% FG, 90% FT, 1.3 Three, 14 Pts, 3 Reb, 10 Ast, 0.5 Stl, 3.5 TO
- Jared Dudley, SG/SF (Rd. 6): 48% FG, 75% FT, 1.5 Threes, 15 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 1.8 Stl, 1.5 TO
- Aaron Brooks, PG (Rd. 13+): 42% FG, 85% FT, 1 Three, 10 Pts, 1 Reb, 4 Ast, 0.5 Stl, 2 TO
- Grant Hill, SF/PF (Rd. 13+): 48% FG, 80% FT, 0.5 Threes, 11 Pts, 4 Reb, 2.5 Ast, 0.7 Stl, 1.5 TO

Sleeper:
Dudley

Most likely to surprise:
Gortat

Most likely to disappoint:
Frye

Category specialists:
- Threes: Frye, Dudley
- Steals: Dudley

Things to consider:
- Nash’s health
- the probable buyout of Carter and emergence of Dudley at SG

Team’s statistical NBA ranks from 2010-11:
- Pts: 4th
- FGM: 2nd
- FGA: 7th
- FG%: 7th
- FT%: 18th
- 3PTM: 3rd
- Reb: 23rd
- Ast: 3rd
- TO: T-19th
- Stl: T-25th
- Blk: T-20th
- Pace: 8th
- Offensive Efficiency: 9th
- Defensive Efficiency: 25th

Fantasy-friendliness for 2011-12: B+

Bonus:
Steve Nash inspires

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