<
>

No. 118: Phoenix Suns

Last year's rank: 84
Title track: 103
Ownership: 114
Coaching: 118
Players: 116
Fan relations: 115
Affordability: 92
Stadium Experience 96
Bang for the Buck 106

With the league's 29th-ranked offense and 23rd-ranked defense, incoming coach Jeff Hornacek has his work cut out for him in rebuilding the House That Nash Built. The team fell in eight of our nine categories and is ranked well into the bottom third of the NBA in every one. Leading such futility? A 118 rank in coaching, which should improve in next year's rating with the addition of Hornacek, and a 116 rank in players -- a 56-spot drop led by the departure of arguably the most popular player in franchise history, Steve Nash (and, well, Michael Beasley). Our fan poll shows that in terms of having likable players, players who give their best effort and guys who act professionally on and off the court, the Suns fall well below the NBA average. And it's not as if it's cheap to watch this train wreck. At $57.28 per ticket, it's 12 percent more expensive than the NBA average just to get in the door. Best-case scenario? It's a long-term solution: Pair new point guard Eric Bledsoe with 2014 presumed No. 1 pick, Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins, on the wing and rebuild from there. Yes, it's come to this. Tank City in the Valley of the Sun.