- Tom Haberstroh, ESPN Staff Writer
Consider the 2013-14 Phoenix Suns:
• Five days before the season opener, they traded Marcin Gortat for a player who can't play (Emeka Okafor) and a future draft pick.
• In Gortat's place, a guy who averaged a whopping 0.9 points per game last season, Miles Plumlee, has started all 47 games.
• So has P.J. Tucker, a hard-working wing defender who may be the most anonymous full-time starter in the league.
• The team's starting power forward, Channing Frye, spent much of last season in front of a camera as a pregame broadcaster on Suns telecasts while he took the season off to deal with a heart defect.
• They've gotten almost nothing out of Alex Len, a top-five pick who has barely been able to play thanks to offseason ankle surgery that has ravaged his debut campaign.
• Injuries forced them last month to sign a 31-year-old out of a Brazilian basketball league who wrecked his ACL last February (Leandro Barbosa) and award him 20 minutes a night.
• Gerald Green is second on the team in field goal attempts and is tied with Stephen Curry for the most 3-pointers per 36 minutes (8.0) among Western Conference players who qualify. Yes, Gerald Green.
• Jeff Hornacek, who'd never been a head coach at any level before, is now the head coach of a squad that won 25 games last season.
Got all that? Good. Now consider this: Two weeks ahead of the trade deadline, we're wondering if acquiring Pau Gasol would make them title contenders.
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