Media Giving Competitive Suns Plenty of Kudos

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The Suns’ continued stubborn play has made them the quiet crush of NBA media outlets. That’s what happens when you go from the predicted worst team in the conference to just 1.5 games back of the Pacific Division leading L.A. Clippers.

From League Pass team recommendations…

…to individual player focuses…

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…to, finally, the weekly ritual that is NBA Power Rankings. Phoenix makes its usual appearance in the several team rankings around the web, placing 11th, 10th, 10th and 10th in the various polls.

Suns Head Coach Jeff Hornacek, however, tops a special edition of Coaches Rankings on ESPN.com, where Insider Bradford Doolittle ranked the 13 newly hired play-callers of the season.

The rookie head coach also got some love from Fran Blinebury of NBA.com, who credited Hornacek for bringing the “right amount of fire” to the Suns.

“They are [winning] with an offensive style that wants to run when it can and a defensive approach that is always attacking on the perimeter. Hornacek is making the most of the guard tandem of Dragic and Bledsoe that many thought create[d] duplication and conflict.”