THE SUNS made the playoffs 19 times from 1989 to 2010, so they're not used to dismal numbers -- that is, a 29th-ranked O, a 23rd-ranked D and a 25-57 record, the worst since 1969. Help has arrived, sort of, in Eric Bledsoe, who, with rookie Alex Len, will form what new GM Ryan McDonough sees as a future core. And Phoenix has as many as three first-round picks in 2014's loaded draft. So at least those numbers are a little brighter.
14hMarc J. Spears