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Charles Barkley attributes Phoenix Suns' success to guard play

Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (2) scores against the Dallas Mavericks in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, in Phoenix. The Suns defeated the Mavericks 123-108. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

The Phoenix Suns' 20-12 start has surprised many around the NBA, and their success can be traced to one thing: guard play.

A guest of Bickley with Marotta Monday, former Sun and current TNT NBA analyst Charles Barkley praised the job done by Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe.

"I think Bledsoe and Dragic are two terrific players," Barkley said.

Dragic is scoring 18.8 points per game while dishing out an average of 5.9 assists, with Bledsoe just behind at 18.0 and 5.8, respectively. The two are also combining for more than seven rebounds and nearly three steals per contest.

Barkley, who is in the Basketball Hall of Fame, says the Suns have some holes, but their backcourt has been enough to get some wins.

"They've got two All-Star caliber players who have played fantastic all season, and that's the reason I think they have shocked some people."

Entering play Monday, the Suns have the seventh-best record in the Western Conference and the 10th-best record in all of basketball. Their next game is Tuesday in Chicago against the Bulls, and it can be heard on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM at 6:00 p.m.

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School: University of Arizona

When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: Fall 2008, right before Cardinals Super Bowl run

Favorite sports memory: Being at Game 7 of the 2001 World Series with my dad

Favorite all-time athlete: Larry Centers

Favorite sports movies: The Sandlot, Rookie of the Year, Jerry Maguire

Most crushing sports moment: Grew up in Arizona and went to UA from 2002-06. In short, there are too many to name just one.

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