Fantasy Basketball Team Analysis: 2011-12 Phoenix Suns

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