A NBA Finals appearance and a franchise record in wins have had the fans in the Valley of the Sun believing the Larry O’Brien trophy was within their grasp. But after a long run of success in the desert is the sun finally setting on Chris Paul, Devin Booker, and Phoenix’s title hopes? Here’s everything you need to know about the Phoenix Suns upcoming season.
2021-2022 Record: 64 – 18 (Lost 2nd Rd Playoffs)
Key Losses: JaVale McGee, Elfrid Payton, Aaron Holiday
Key Additions: Damion Lee, Jock Landale, Josh Okogie, Duane Washington Jr
Projected Starting Lineup
PG – Chris Paul
SG – Devin Booker
SF – Mikal Bridges
PF – Cameron Johnson
C – Deandre Ayton
2022-2023 Season Preview
Projected Record: 51 – 31
The Suns had a disappointing end to their season last year, losing in the first round of the playoffs to the Dallas Mavericks. Can they bounce back this year and make it all the way to the NBA Finals? Chris Paul is one of the key players on the team, but he’s getting up there in age. Is he still able to lead the Suns to victory? These are the questions waiting to be answered by Head Coach Monty Williams.
Chris Paul is entering his 18th season in the NBA, and while he’s still an excellent player, there’s no denying that he’s getting up there in age. He’ll be 37 by the time next season starts, and it remains to be seen how much longer he can keep playing at a high level. That being said, he’s still one of the best point guards in the league and he proved last season that he can still lead a team to success.Much more is going to be expected from the trio of Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton, and Mikal Bridges. They have all shown flashes of brilliance, and they will be looking to take their games to the next level this season. Specifically Devin Booker who some are starting to question is there another level he can reach, or has his game plateaued.
To further add complication and distraction, team owner Robert Sarver (also owner of the Phoenix Mercury WNBA franchise) has informed the NBA on his intent to sell. A situation brought to a head after an independent investigation found allegations of racism and misogyny and a lack of organizational policies and controls throughout the organization. Leading Commissioner Adam Silver to issue a record fine (the most allowed under current NBA policies) of $10 million dollars and a one year suspension. Time will tell how both the players and fanbase will react to what could become a protracted public story that could wear down as the season lingers on.