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|Stadium:||Talking Stick Resort Arena|
|Colours:||Purple, orange, black, gray & yellow|
|Hall of Famers:||Gail Goodrich, Connie Hawkins, Charlie Scott, Gus Johnson, Paul Westphal, Dennis Johnson, Charles Barkley, Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Grant Hill & Shaquille O’Neal|
|Hall of Fame Coaches:||None|
|Rivals:||San Antonio Spurs & Los Angeles Lakers|
|Legends:||Paul Westphal, Kevin Johnson, Charles Barkley & Steve Nash|
|Retired Numbers:||5, 6, 7, 33, 42 & 44|
Despite being labelled as ‘too small’, ‘too hot’ and ‘too far away’ by the NBA commissioner at the time, the Phoenix Suns were created before the 1968-69 season, becoming the first professional sports team in Arizona.
In the expansion draft before their first season, the Suns selected future hall of famer Gail Goodrich and Dick Van Arsdale, who both played in the All Star Game in their first season with the team, but only managed to help the Suns achieve a 16-66 record.
The Suns’ poor performance meant they had a coin-flip for the first pick in the 1969 Draft, with Milwaukee winning the flip and drafting Kareem Abdul-Jabbar while Phoenix had to settle for Neal Walk.
The Suns managed to make the playoffs in their second season after improving by 23 wins during the regular season but were eliminated by the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round. Goodrich left the team to go back to the Lakers, whom he played with before the expansion draft, and the Suns would go on to miss the playoffs in the next five seasons.
Prior to the 1975-76 season, the Suns made some moves, bringing in Paul Westphal and Alvan Adams, among others, hoping to bring some success to the franchise. The team would go on to have a 42-40 record, with Adams winning Rookie of the Year, and made the playoffs for the second time.
They would defeat the Seattle Supersonics in the first round and then defeat the defending champion Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals to advance to their first NBA Finals in just their eighth season.
Facing the experienced Boston Celtics, the Suns had the series tied 2-2 before a spectacular game five, which had three overtimes before the Celtics prevailed. Deflated and tired after their triple overtime loss, the Suns lost game six to lose the series 4-2.
The Suns would miss the playoffs the next season, allowing them to draft Walter Davis who went on to win 1978 Rookie of the Year. Phoenix would make the playoffs in the next eight seasons, but were only able to make the Western Conference Finals once during this time and were marred by off-court issues with multiple players facing drug related charges.
After missing the playoffs for three straight seasons, Phoenix traded for Kelvin Johnson and with the development of the young Jeff Hornacek and Dan Majerle would help the team make the playoffs for 13 straight seasons.
Johnson would win Most Improved Player in his first season with the team, leading them to the Western Conference Finals where they were swept by the Lakers, the third straight playoff exit for the Suns at the hands of the Lakers.
The 1989-90 season would see the Suns face the Lakers in the playoffs again, this time in the second round and this time Phoenix were able to turn the tables on LA, winning the series 4-1, before going on to be defeated by the Portland Trail Blazers 4-2 in the Western Conference Finals.
After falling in the first and second rounds the following two seasons, Phoenix traded for All Star Charles Barkley from the Philadelphia 76ers. Barkley would win MVP in his first season with the Suns, leading the team to a 62-20 record, winning their second division title, finishing on top of the Western Conference and leading the Suns back to the NBA Finals.
Coming up against Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls and falling in six games, despite a triple overtime thriller in game three, being only the second ever time that a Finals game went to triple overtime, with the Suns playing in the other as well.
After two straight years of being knocked out of the playoffs in the second round by the Houston Rockets in seven games, the front office traded fan and locker room favourite Majerle to the Cavaliers for a shot blocking center in John Williams.
The loss of Majerle plus Williams underperforming meant that trade was a big negative for Phoenix, and eventually led to Barkley requesting a trade. Despite losing Barkley in 1996, the Suns drafted Steve Nash, and paired with Jason Kidd and Johnson, gave Phoenix one of the best back court rotations in the league.
With Kidd manning the point position, Nash was eventually traded to the Dallas Mavericks, as the two weren’t able to play substantial minutes on the court together. However after missing the playoffs in 2001-02 for the first time in 14 seasons, the Suns traded Jason Kidd and drafted Amar’e Stoudamire who went on to win Rookie of the Year and lead Phoenix back to the playoffs.
Despite stellar play from Stoudamire and Stephon Marbury, whom they received in the Kidd trade and made the All-NBA Third Team and the All Star Game in his first season with the Suns, Phoenix were eliminated in the first round by the Spurs.
After missing the playoffs again in 2003-04, the Suns brought back Steve Nash, signing him as a free agent. Nash won MVP in his first season back with Phoenix, and paired with Stoudamire and the emerging Shawn Marion, led the Suns to a 62-20 record, their fourth division title and the best record in the Western Conference. The Suns would make it back to the Western Conference Finals but were outpowered by the Spurs.
Stoudamire required surgery which saw him miss most of the season and star shooting guard Joe Johnson requested a trade to the Atlanta Hawks, bringing back Boris Diaw and future first round picks.
Despite the turnover, Nash made it back to back MVPs in 2005, with Diaw winning Most Improved Player of the Year, and the Suns beat the Lakers in the opening round after falling behind 3-1. After beating the Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix went on to face, who was widely regarded as the best team in the league, the Dallas Mavericks and despite winning game one, Phoenix went on to lose the series 4-2.
The 2006-07 season saw the Suns have two different winning streaks of 15 games and 17 games respectively, on their way to a 61-21 record and their third consecutive division title, finishing second in the West. Phoenix faced the Lakers in the first round again, winning 4-1 before falling to the eventual champion Spurs 4-2 in the second round.
Trading for the often injured Grant Hill paid dividends, as he was able to play in most games during that season. Phoenix traded for Shaquille O’Neal during the season, ending their ability to play with the fast pace that created their success in earlier seasons, and resulted in them losing in the first round to the Spurs.
Mike D’Antoni left as coach following that season, and the Suns’ performance suffered, missing the playoffs for the first time in five seasons, before bouncing back in 2009-10. O’Neal left the team prior to this season and allowed Phoenix to return to their fast paced play, making it back to the Western Conference Finals, before falling to familiar foe, the Lakers.
That would be the last time the Suns made the playoffs, letting Nash and Stoudamire leave in free agency and attempting to find the perfect blend of players through the draft, with little success. From the 2010-11 season to this most recent 2019-20 season, the Suns’ best season performance was in 2013-14, where they finished one game out of the playoffs in ninth place.
In 2015, the Phoenix Suns drafted Kentucky guard Devin Booker and in 2018 used the first pick in the draft to select Arizona center Deandre Ayton. This pairing, while not having as much success on the court as Suns’ fans would have liked, are only 23 and 22 years old respectively, and are set to guide Phoenix back to the playoffs in the near future.
Booker has shown glimpses of stardom in his five seasons with the team, highlighted by scoring 70 points against the Boston Celtics in 2017. He has averaged over 26 points per game in the last three seasons and is ready to start winning more games.
He also led the Suns to an 8-0 record in the Orlando Bubble to get Phoenix within a game of the 8 v 9 play-in game, but results didn’t go their way and they finished 10th in the West. His play in Orlando gives Phoenix hope that their 10 season streak of missing the playoffs is nearing an end, and the franchise’s first championship is not far away.
Wanting to capitalize on their good form to finish the 2019-20 season, Phoenix made a splash by trading for Chris Paul. Adding him to the young core of Booker, Ayton and Mikal Bridges was supposed to put the team over the top and that is exactly what it did.
Phoenix was one of the best teams all season during the 2020-21 campaign and went from missing the playoffs to playing in the NBA Finals. They defeated the Lakers, Nuggets and Clippers on their way to facing the Bucks in The Finals but had no match for Giannis Antetokounmpo and lost in six games.
The Phoenix Suns failed to get back to the Western Conference Finals and NBA Finals as well. As they were bounced in the second round of the playoffs. They finished the year with a record of 64-18 and first in the Western Conference.
Our experts will provide an analysis on the Suns’ chances closer to the start of the 2022-23 season. In the meantime, you can check out our thoughts on the team before the 2021-22 season started:
After a devastating loss to the Bucks in the NBA Finals, Chris Paul and Co. will be looking to make another trip to the NBA Finals. However, this season the road will be significantly harder with the Warriors back to full strength, the Lakers retooled and the rest of the Western conference improving. The Suns are certainly one of the better teams in the West but, with so much competition, have they done enough this year to make another run at the title?
The Suns have been led by head coach Monty Williams since 2019 and have continually improved during his tenure. The team missed the playoffs in his first season as head coach for the Suns but showed flashes during the NBA Bubble where they had an 8-0 record nearly qualifying for the play-in tournament. The Suns then continued this strong form going into last season with a 51-21 record, making the NBA Finals.
Unfortunately they lost to the Bucks, but the team finally showed the potential they seemed to have for many of the previous years but never delivered on. Before Williams was a coach, he was a player for nearly 10 years. Williams began his career as a coaching assistant before becoming the head coach of the Pelicans. This is where he built his relationship with Chris Paul. After coaching at the Thunder and 76ers, Williams landed in Phoenix.
In his third season as head coach the expectations are sky high and the Suns are looking to avoid regressing. In order to improve, or at the very least maintain their elite play, the Suns have made a number of moves. The biggest moves were re-signing Cameron Payne and Chris Paul, bringing continuity to their backcourt. The Suns also added defensive big man Javale McGee to back up DeAndre Ayton.
This is one of the most underrated additions in free agency as McGee fills a huge need for the Suns. After being exposed by Giannis on the interior, McGee should provide a defensive anchor in the middle of the court. McGee has been one of the better shot-blockers in the league and has been able to do so without giving up on the defensive glass. He sits between Rudy Gobert and Clint Capela for great shot blockers who also have success getting defensive rebounds. This is a cheap and underrated move that will sure up the interior for the Suns.
Devin Booker will be the most important player in Phoenix this season. Booker has been one of the best pure scorers in the league but his game has continued to develop, especially in terms of playmaking. The Suns will need Booker to continue to grow and ascend to super stardom. For the Suns to compete in the tough West, Booker will have to not only continue his high level play, but get even better.
A lot of the Suns offense runs through Booker as highlighted by his 30% usage rate, so Booker will need to continue to step up. Outside of his playmaking, Booker is a beast on offense and has a true shooting percentage of 61.8% which is better than Giannis, Jokic, LeBron and Luka.
Behind Booker, the Suns should be able to put up points, as they did last season with the 7th best offense in the league. Despite all of this, many, including us, don’t put Booker in the category of superstar, YET. Booker is on the precipice and with another jump in production, Booker will be a bonafide superstar.
Outside of Booker, the Suns have plenty of young talent with 22 year old DeAndre Ayton, 24 year old Mikal Bridges and Cameron Johnson to name a few. However, it is the team’s oldest player, Chris Paul who is the second most important player on this Suns team. After re-signing Paul to a 4 year $120 million contract, the Suns will be looking for Paul to continue his high level play. Paul is entering the tail end of his career at 35 years old, and it is possible that his play declines as a result.
However the point god doesn’t rely on his athleticism but rather his IQ to make plays. This should help Paul maintain his play. Furthermore, the Suns have Cameron Payne and Landry Shamet backing up Paul to help lighten Paul’s load especially during the regular season.
If Paul regresses this season, this could cause big problems for the Suns due to his contract and his importance to the Suns potent offense. Although Booker is continually getting more of the playmaking workload with a 30% assist percentage, Paul will still be the man running point and the Suns need him to stay relevant.
The breakout player for this Suns team is DeAndre Ayton in our opinion. Ayton has long been ‘the guy drafted ahead of Luka Doncic’ and thus been disappointing in comparison to Luka. However, we think this is the season where Ayton goes from good to top 5 big man in the league. Ayton showed a bunch of potential in the playoffs last season, including a signature 19 point, 22 rebound and 4 block performance against the Clippers.
He also had a game winning alley oop in Game 3 against the Clippers. Ayton has been great on the inside converting 81% of his shots in the restricted area despite a decreasing number of post touches. However, Ayton hasn’t been the greatest shooter, so he definitely has room to grow there. The Suns will need Ayton to make the leap to make his playoff heroics the norm for the Suns to remain in the upper echelon of the West.
The 2021-22 season is over and we take a look back at the Phoenix Suns betting history for the most recent season. We will provide more information in relation to the new 2022-23 season once information becomes available. In the meantime, have a look at the betting and odds information for the Suns before the start of the previous season:
After a promising finish to the 2019-20 season, the bookmakers elevated the Suns to have +5500 odds to win the 2020 NBA Championship, when markets opened. This soon shortened when they added Chris Paul and it kept getting more and more short as they kept piling on wins.
However, it wasn’t until the playoffs that Phoenix were respected for favoritism in the West, often being just fourth-favorite through the season, despite having a top two record. They then entered The Finals favorites to win it all but fell to the Bucks in six games.
Given their exceptional play and second best record in the league, Phoenix surpassed bookmakers’ expectations, finishing second in the league against the spread. Their 42-28-2 record only trailed New York’s and was buoyed by a 23-13 ATS record at home.
They also thrive in total points markets, seeing 42 of their 72 games go over, also second best in the league. They were an even 21-15 at both home and on the road.
Still got some burning questions about the Phoenix Suns? Well, we have answered some of the most common questions people have, hopefully you will find the answer you are looking for below!
Where do the Phoenix Suns play?
The Phoenix Suns play their home games at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.
Who owns the Phoenix Suns?
Robert Sarver is the owner of the Phoenix Suns. Sarver bought the team for a record $401M in 2004.
Have the Phoenix Suns won an NBA Championship?
The Phoenix Suns have won 0 NBA Championships.
Who is the Phoenix Suns coach?
Monty Williams is currently the coach of the Phoenix Suns. Williams was hired before the 2019-20 season after being an assistant coach at the Philadelphia 76ers.
Do the Phoenix Suns play tonight?
Are you wondering if the Phoenix Suns are playing tonight? Well, SportsTips has all the details you need about upcoming Phoenix Suns games! Make sure you check this page at the top for all the details you are looking for.
What is the Phoenix Suns record?
The Phoenix Suns had a 64-18 win-loss record for the 2021-22 NBA season.
Did the Phoenix Suns win last night?
Fans of the Phoenix Suns are all wanting to know if they won the game last night. You can find more information in relation to the team’s recent form in games on the page at the top.
How much are the Phoenix Suns worth?
According to Forbes Magazine, the Phoenix Suns are worth $1.8 billion.
Who do the Phoenix Suns play tonight?
Like a lot of things in the NBA, things change pretty quickly. So, if you are looking for more information about who the Phoenix Suns play tonight, you have come to the right place. We have all this information for you in detail, you can find these details for upcoming games at the top of the page.
How to watch the Phoenix Suns?
You can watch the Phoenix Suns on TV channels like ESPN, ABC, TNT, NBA TV or Fox Sports Arizona or subscribe to NBA League Pass.
Will the Phoenix Suns make the playoffs this year?
The Phoenix Suns made the playoffs after finishing first in the West during the 2021-22 season with a 64-18 record.
Will the Phoenix Suns get the 1st pick in the NBA Draft?
The Phoenix Suns did not receive the 1st pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.
When do the Phoenix Suns play?
Phoenix Suns fans are always looking for more information about when their team plays the next game. For all the information you have been craving and more, be sure to check the top of this page. Here at SportsTips, we list all the information you need like the tip off time, location of the game and the all important NBA odds.
Where did the Phoenix Suns finish the season?
The Phoenix Suns finished the 2021-22 NBA season in 1st in the Western Conference.
How many games did the Phoenix Suns win?
The Phoenix Suns won 64 games during the 2021-22 NBA season.
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