- Surprise US-AZ
Since 2011, the Reverend Lee McFarland has served as chief executive officer of Lee McFarland Consulting. The founder and former senior pastor of Radiant Church enjoys following a number of Arizona sports teams, including the Phoenix Suns. As the 2013-2014 NBA season came to a close, the front office of the Phoenix Suns gathered together with head coach Jeff Hornacek before the media to discuss the progress the team had made and the bright future ahead. The Suns won 48 games, a record-tying figure for a professional basketball team that did not qualify for the postseason. While fans may not revel in this statistic, it is indicative of how well the young and relatively inexperienced team performed. The Suns finished 12-14 against the league’s top eight teams, with 11 of the 14 losses coming by four baskets or less. This is a figure that the president of basketball operations, Lon Babby, pointed to as a clear sign that the Suns are on the cusp of competing with the league’s elite. At the end of the 2012-2013 season, Babby had called for measurable improvements moving forward. The team responded by increasing their win total by 23 games and getting career years out of numerous players, including Gerald Green and Most Improved Player Goran Dragic. Moving forward, the team features a developing core that will be bolstered by no fewer than three first-round picks in one of the deepest drafts in years.