Recent seasons have been trying for the Phoenix Suns. Throughout this period, the Suns have struggled to establish themselves as a dominant side despite the abundance of talents they have had over these years. For the past nine seasons, the Suns have failed to make regular appearances in the NBA playoffs. The Phoenix Suns’ last appearance in the playoffs came in the 2009-2010 NBA season.
Despite their indifferent season, Phoenix Suns still have an outside chance to make the playoffs if the season resumes as the door remains for them to make the top eight of the Western Conference. However, for the Suns’ playoffs dream of becoming a reality, they will have to show improvements in their game in contrast to their performances before the suspension of the season. At the moment, Phoenix Suns find themselves out the playoff spots as they occupy the 13th position in the Western Conference and the 4th position of the Pacific Division with a 26-49 win-loss record with a lot of games remaining.
We take a look at the Suns’ season so far, key performers, and their chances of making the playoffs and end their nine-year terrible spell without the playoffs.
Phoenix Suns’ season so far
After missing the playoffs once again at the end of last season, there were several changes in the Suns’ team last summer. Phoenix Suns’ failure to qualify for the playoffs last season with a terrible 19-63 win-loss record and a 15th place finish on the Western Conference table led to the dismissal of head coach Igor Kokoškov. In his place, Monty Williams took over the coaching reins of the side. There were also new additions to the Suns’ talented roster. As such, the Suns went into this season with a lot of optimism. The Suns had a bright start to the season as they claimed a dominant 124-95 home win over Sacramento Kings in their season-opening game. However, they claimed just a win in-between losses against Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz in their next three games. The single win came in a 130-122 win against NBA title favorites Los Angeles Clippers at home.
However, the Suns managed to recover from their inconsistent spell to claim three straight wins against Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies and Philadelphia 76ers. Seven games into the season, Phoenix Suns had a decent 5-2 win-loss record. From there, things began to go wrong for the Suns as they recorded just six wins and 18 defeats in the next 24 games. The miserable run was a downturn for a team that had started the season in an excellent form. After 31 games, the Suns had an 11-20 win-loss record. However, they bounced back to claim two consecutive away wins against Sacramento Kings and Portland Trail Blazers to end 2019 on a little high. The successive wins only covered the cracks in the team as they lost three and won one game in their opening four games of 2020. Improvements came in the next five games as the Suns recorded four victories and a single defeat.
Since that period, Phoenix Suns have only managed to pick up just eight wins from the last 23 games they played before the suspension of the season.
Influential Performers for Phoenix Suns so far this season
In the NBA this season, Phoenix Suns possesses one of the most talented rosters. This season, the likes of Shooting Guard Devin Booker, Center DeAndre Ayton, Small Forward Kelly Oubre Jr., and Point Guard Ricky Rubio have been standout performers for the team regularly.
Shooting Guard Devin Booker, who has been the main man up front has averaged 26.1 points per game, 4.2 rebounds per game, 6.6 assists per game and 3.9 turnovers per game in 62 games so far this season.
Center DeAndre Ayton also has an average of 19.0 points per game, 12.0 rebounds per game, 1.9 assists per game, 1.7 blocks per game, and 2.4 turnovers per game in 30 games for the Suns this season.
Small Forward Kelly Oubre Jr. has also averaged 18.7 points per game, 6.4 rebounds per game and 1.5 assists per game. He has also averaged 1.5 turnovers in 56 games.
Point Guard Ricky Rubio, in his first season with Phoenix Suns following his move from Utah Jazz last summer, has also averaged 13.1 points per game, 4.6 rebounds per game, 8.9 assists per game, 1.5 steals per game and 2.7 turnovers per game in 57 games this season.
Phoenix Suns’ chances of making the Playoffs
If the NBA season resumes anytime soon, the Suns will have 17 remaining games left. For them to make it to the playoffs, they will have to win the majority of these games and hope the other playoff contenders slip up. However, it will be easier said than done since the remaining opponents for the Suns are some of the elite teams in the NBA this season. If the season resumes, the Suns will have tricky games against the likes of Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Houston Rockets, and Los Angeles. However, the Suns will be feeling confident heading into these games since they have already claimed massive wins earlier in the season over some of these top teams. However, the big issue for the Suns is that most of the remaining games will take place on the road. The odds are firmly against Suns to squeeze themselves into the playoffs considering their terrible away record this season.