Channing Frye, how do you rate on the Horry scale?

by Micah Hart

The Horry scale got a nice break during All-Star Weekend, but now it’s back to business courtesy of Channing Frye and the Phoenix Suns. After the Pacers’ Danny Granger missed his own chance to join the ranks at the end of regulation, Frye made the most of his opportunity in overtime to give the Suns a 110-108 win in Indy.

Once again, the Horry scale examines a shot  in the categories of difficulty, game situation (was the team tied or behind at the time), importance (playoff game or garden-variety Clippers-Nets game), and celebration, and give it an overall grade on a scale of 1-5 Robert Horrys.

How did Channing do? Let’s dip our toes:


The shot was from deep, but Frye is an excellent marksman from outside so that’s no big thing. Credit to Channing for the headfake on Brandon Rush to create the room he needed to get the shot off, and also credit to Jared Dudley for setting a screen on Frye’s man to free the big man for the look.

Game Situation

A tie game, so a miss would have meant nothing more than a second overtime period.


We are deep into the second half of the season, and with both the Suns and Pacers fighting for a spot in the postseason (the Pacers fell back into a tie for 8th in the East with the loss, while the Suns moved within 1.5 games of Memphis for 8th in the West), neither of these teams can afford to lose.


The Suns congregate by the scorer’s table to mob Frye after the make. And though the video above doesn’t show it, Frye gets a to give Steve Nash a celebratory piggy-back ride. That’s gotta count for something.


2.5 Horrys. Don’t get me wrong, it was a sweet finish by Frye, but that’s a shot he can hit pretty regularly and it was a tie game. I give it an extra half star for the fact that both teams are chasing playoff berths.

What do you think?


  1. Last Minute Clubber says:

    I agree – anything more than 2.5 Horrys would require Fry to knee Brandon Rush in the allballs.

  2. Gar Heard memories says:

    With Nets winner I bump him up to 5 Stars!

  3. PhxSunsBC says:

    This poll is bogus, no Sun shall ever be compared to Cheap Shot Bob!

    • sbfern805 says:

      this is complete bogus! These shots arent playoff shots? There definitely should not be any comparisons! Horry is clutch in Playoffs, Frye, its a regular game…so what if you lose or tie? 0 HORRY POINTS FOR MICAH HART for even comparing the two…. i recall Raja Bell hitting a bigger clutch 3 pointer against the Lakers DURING playoffs when they were down 1-3 in the series. Now thats more deserving. THIS IS A JOKE

    • PhxSuns4Life says:

      Exactly, every Suns fan hates Horry period, so this is pointless.

    • cryogenic_tone says:

      I agree with PhxSunsBC. It’s blasphemous to compare any Suns player with Robert Horry’s cheapskate name.

  4. Gary says:

    No basketball player should be compared to Horry…..he’s a disgrace to the sport & the ultimate example of being unsportsmanlike! This poll is utter garbage.

  5. Robert Horry is a crooked player and should not be compared to any honest player in the NBA

  6. rommel says:

    the nets were up by 2pts, duh?

  7. Mo says:

    I am certain all the high rating is from Suns fans. Yo! At this stage he can at best be compared to Roger Mason Jr. who had as many game winners in non-important games.

  8. McLovin says:

    OK, we get that Horry was a dirty player, if anyone that was these comments knew anything about sports, they would know this is called an “enforcer”. They aren’t as popular as they used to be in basketball, but they are still prominant in other sports like hockey and soccer. Basically, they are a player with a basic skill set, but mainly are in the game to get people scared/on edge. Horry was one of those players, and while having little on-court class, players would tend to second-look if they saw him coming their way. There is also no denying Horry’s ability to drain key shots down the stretch.

    Also, the writer isn’t comparing Frye or anybody he has ever written this column about to Horry. He simply has created an image-based rating system after a player known for doing what they did, hitting a game winning shot. He is NOT saying Channing Frye = 2.5 Robert Horrys. He is saying that on a scale from 1 to 5, he is a 2.5, that is it. When did this become hard to understand?