The Phoenix Suns have had a frustrating season, as they are 13-28 through the first half of the year and have the worst record in the Western Conference. As a result, Head Coach Alvin Gentry was dismissed, and Lindsey Hunter is taking over in his first ever head coaching job.
Hunter was always known as a coach on the court during his lengthy NBA career, but this is a curious hire. Normally, teams make coaching hires based upon some sort of past experience, but there isn’t a heck of a lot of that with Hunter.
The top task for Hunter to give his new team a shot at winning games is going to be improving defense. The Suns rank 23rd in the league, allowing 99.7 points per game this year. The disturbing stats are the 46.7 percent that opponents are shooting from the field and the 38.9 percent that they are shooting from long range. Those rankings are second to last and last in the NBA respectively.