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Updated Feb 5, 2013 - 5:04 pm

Suns' Dudley says lack of chemistry has hurt team

Milwaukee Bucks' Larry Sanders dunks past Phoenix Suns' Jared Dudley, left, and Marcin Gortat (4), of Poland, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Jared Dudley is the longest-tenured member of the Phoenix Suns.

That being said, Dudley is only in his fifth season with the team after being traded from Charlotte in December of 2008.

There are nine players on this year's team that weren't with the Suns a year ago -- along with a new interim head coach -- all factors Dudley believes have contributed to the Suns' 17-31 record.

"I think it's chemistry," Dudley told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 620 Tuesday. "And that shows in the defense, it shows in the offense. Chemistry is playing a long time with people, it's trust, it's knowing where everybody's going to be, it's a responsibility and knowing over the course of time, we're going to get this done.

"We don't have that. The good teams have that. There are some times when a guy beats someone and we're looking around like 'hey, when didn't you help, why didn't you do that?' That's a lack of chemistry and that's our problem."

Dudley went on to say that unfamiliarity has led to individuals trying to do too much to compensate on the defensive end of the floor.

"Defensively, sometimes, I'll try to overthink the game and help people out and be susceptible myself," he said. "You try to limit that and cut that down -- you've got to have more trust. So defensively I try to do my part and if guys aren't in the right position, just helping people out and being more vocal."

About the Author

School: Arizona State University

When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: October 2011

Favorite sports memory: Watching Cardinals win NFC Championship over Philly in January 2009 with my Dad...ASU wins 1987 Rose Bowl...Suns defeat Lakers in 1990 NBA Playoffs...2001 World Series

Favorite all-time athletes: Don Mattingly, Jeff Hornacek, Walter Davis, Anquan Boldin

Favorite sports movies: Friday Night Lights, The Natural, Hoosiers


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