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Breakout seasons abound for surprising Suns

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The plan seemed simple to outsiders when the Phoenix Suns' season began.  A team loaded with cast-offs would tank the year to get a top draft pick. Then this scrappy, energetic squad started playing, and winning.

And the forecast of designed doom flew out the window.  Behind a dynamic backcourt of Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe, and under the steady guidance of first-year coach Jeff Hornacek, the Suns were transformed from an ugly 25-win mess in 2012-13 to an entertaining, high-energy bunch that won 48 games and just missed the playoffs.

There were breakout seasons all around.  Gerald Green, who had bounced around the NBA for six seasons, emerged as a big-time scoring threat with his streaky long-range shooting and drives for thunderous dunks.

Copyright 2014 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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