This is not a ranking that is confident.
Frankly, it requires a leap of faith to get a franchise that’s done little to deserve one. The Phoenix Suns are creeping toward the close of a fourth consecutive season with a sub-.300 winning percentage. They have had four different coaches during that stretch and could consider another change following this season. There’s also a troubling trend of dysfunction within the organization.
However, this really is a players’ league, and the Suns have a few of the best up-and-comers in the business.
Devin Booker is 22 years old and already an explosive scorer (25.1 points per game). Phoenix’s mishandling of the point guard spot also forced him to grow as a shot-creator, and he has responded with a career-best 6.7 assists per contest. Deandre Ayton, 20, ought to be a first-team All-Rookie lock and just the third NBA professional to average 16 points and 10 rebounds throughout the 2000s.
That is probably it for potential celebrities, but players such as TJ Warren, Josh Jackson, Mikal Bridges and (if he’s re-signed) Kelly Oubre Jr. are all capable of tackling complementary roles. And with this core still set to grow through the Suns’ own first-rounders and an incoming pick from the Milwaukee Bucks, the ability base will continue to enlarge.
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