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Phoenix Suns: No. 64

In the crowded Western Conference, the Suns could find themselves missing the playoffs once again. Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty Images

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Last year's ranking: 118
Title track: 92
Ownership: 78
Coaching: 30
Players: 40
Fan relations: 69
Affordability: 59
Stadium experience: 82
Bang for the buck: 74

That triple-digit reading you saw last summer in Phoenix? No, it wasn't just the thermometer. The Suns topped 100 in six of our categories and barely missed the dubious honor in the other two. This year, aside from the weather, was an entirely different story. Phoenix surged in each ranking, led most notably by a quantum leap in coaching, as former Utah Jazz guard Jeff Hornacek directed the team to an are-you-kidding-me 48 wins in the loaded West and catapulted the Suns an absurd 88 spots in the category.

The franchise also had a drastic increase in players, leaping 76 spots to No. 40 overall. With live-wire guard Goran Dragic and resurgent swingman Gerald Green, fans can look toward the future, especially now that the Suns' two 2014 first-round picks, PG Tyler Ennis and SF T.J. Warren, are also in the mix. And, in truth, who wouldn't want to winter in Phoenix? The temperature drops and the $57.23 average ticket price is hospitable too. In Year 2 of the Hornacek Experiment, Suns fans can hope that under his direction, the team can return to the glory years of 2005 and 2006. No, not the back-to-back conference finals appearances -- but the consecutive top-21 finishes in our standings!