A Phoenix Suns team projected to win the fewest games in the West now has claimed two of the 12 POW honors given out by the NBA this season, including All-Star snub Goran Dragic.
In twelve weeks of play, the Phoenix Suns can now boast of having the best players in the entire Western Conference during two of them. No wonder the Suns are 29-18 and sitting strongly in playoff position.
Markieff Morris won the POW Award in early November by putting up 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 steals over three games off the bench. Markieff has followed up that honor with a career best season - 12.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, including 10 20-point outings and 6 double-doubles in 46 games without a single start.
In December, it was coach Jeff Hornacek winning Coach of the Month in the West, for the Suns 10-3 record against tough competition.
Now, teammate Goran Dragic is the conference's best player during the last week of January.
Dragic helped Phoenix to a 4-0 week, which included three road wins to complete a sweep of a four-game road trip as the Suns have tied a season-long with their current five-game winning streak. The sixth-year guard averaged 26.8 points on 63.9 percent shooting from the field and 69.2 percent shooting from three-point territory, in addition to posting 6.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds while playing just 29.2 minutes for the week.
Dragic tied a career-long streak with four straight games with 20-plus points, matching his streak from the previous time he won Player of the Week with Houston in 2012.
Unbelievable numbers from Dragic, really. He has stepped up his game in a way never done before.
"It's very difficult to be that guy that scores every single night," coach Hornacek said of Dragic. "Teams scout you, teams focus on you. You have to get in that mindset. The only way to be that guy that scores 20 points every single night is to feel like a guy who score on anybody. That's confidence, and obviously you have to have the ability. He's got that."
That's two Players of the Week and a Coach of the Month for the upstart Suns.
Let's keep this train rolling!