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.
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