Jared Dudley has moved to small forward for the Phoenix Suns, and the former shooting guard has settled into the role rather nicely. He has double-digit points in seven of his last eight games, including a season-high 22 points in Phoenix's win over the Utah Jazz.
Head coach Alvin Gentry noted the benefits of the switch in the post-game press conference. "In defense of him," Gentry said, "I think we're playing him probably where we should have been playing him all year. I think he's more comfortable there, starting as a three man."
Dudley is also seeing more time on the floor, averaging more than 41 minutes in the last three games. The fifth-year man is pleased with the change.
"I would have loved to play better early on," he said. "It kind of happened last year where I lost a spot and came back. I'm a glue guy where I have to fit in with guys. That's happened now. Defensively, I'm just trying to be a lot more active."