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Recapping the Suns

The Suns and Bobcats met each other just the other night and a shootout ensued with Suns eventually pulling away 117-110. The story of the game was the emergence of Marcin Gortat as a viable top tier center in fantasy basketball games. Gortat got seven blocks, which is a truly prodigious amount considering most players don’t get more than two or three per game. Even among big defensive centers that’s a special number. Gortat didn’t just swat shots though he got over 20 points, 10 rebounds and even a steal. Not to mention his fantastic field goal percentage and free throw shooting average. Gortat may not be Dwight Howard yet but just remember that Gortat was Howard’s backup in Orlando and it just might be that he’s never been given enough of a chance as a starter. Gortat has silenced the doubters yet but he’s certainly on the cusp of becoming a truly great center for your fantasy basketball games.

The Suns needed more than just Gortat to win this game so they turned to Michael Beasley and Goran Dragic on the perimeter. Beasley had the better night in fantasy basketball games because of his major contributions in the blocks, rebounds, and assists categories but Dragic was no slouch either. He’s no Steve Nash but it’s becoming clear that once he’s comfortable he’ll be a reliable number two point guard in fantasy basketball games. Beasley for his part is going to be a big time player once he figures out how to reliably hit shots from beyond the arc. Luis Scola disappointed but that may just be because some had unrealistic expectations from the power forward. Then again Gortat may just be taking away all of the low post shots, rebounds, and blocks from Scola. Either way you might want to consider Scola as a backup until he starts to show us something worthwhile.

Sure, it might not be the year for the Suns to make a playoff run, but that does not mean that this season is a big waste. The Suns should be looking to improve with the young guys they have right now, and then find a way to continue using their two solid, yet underappreciated big men in Scola and Gortat. This team is really not that far off from competing, and if they end up landing some free agents next year, they should be good to go.


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