With the Phoenix Suns’ season over, it’s time to take a fond look back on the 2013-14 season and examine how everyone performed. As the Suns became just the fourth team in NBA history to win 48 games and miss the playoffs, there’s plenty of optimism to be had for this young team’s future. So far we’ve covered Archie Goodwin‘s first NBA season, Shavlik Randolph‘s short stint with the Suns, Miles Plumlee‘s impressive potential, Ishmael Smith‘s job as a backup point guard, the return of the Brazilian Blur, Leandro Barbosa, rookie Alex Len‘s first season in Phoenix and Marcus Morris‘ development as a shooter. Today, we take a look at Channing Frye‘s inspirational return to the court.
After missing the entire 2012-13 season with a heart condition, Frye was cleared to play and had a tremendous season with this surprising Suns team. In pick and pops with Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe, he was one of the most effective stretch-4s in the NBA. Though he’s not a terrific defender or rebounder, Frye provided a constant long range threat that spread defenses thin and made it extremely hard for to guard Phoenix’s crafty ball handlers, Frye on the perimeter or one of the other shooters on the perimeter that were left open by the help defense. Here’s a look back on the season that was for Phoenix’s hometown hero.