Robert Bradley wrote:the 1987-88 Suns went 28-54, then added Tom Chambers and went 55-27.
Another good one. Chambers wasn't the type of player expected to add anything like 27 wins to a team.
That 1988 team had a number of players who had been or would be very good; but they were all playing well below their maximums. Only Larry Nance was any kind of a star, and he was there for 7.5% of their total player-minutes.
About 52% of minutes went to above-average players, some being marginally so: Hornacek, Eddie Johnson, Humphries; also the mercurial Walter Davis and the rookie Kevin Johnson.
Some 11% of minutes went to quite unproductive players: J Bailey, B Thompson, Sanders, J Cook, Crite, B Martin.
In 1989, both KJ and Chambers were at all-star level, totaling 31% of team minutes. EJ also became a sudden star at age 29.
Total above-avg minutes were 65%. Improving players: Horny, Gilliam, West, and Corbin. Majerle was a 25 mpg rookie.
Only 4-5% of minutes were from really weak players: Lang, Kerr, Hodges, Dunn, Nealy.http://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/PHO/1989.html