After making the NBA Finals last season, the Suns were expected to have another promising run this season. Many Arizona sports bettors even picked the Suns to win the 2022 Finals early on. So it was a surprise to see the Suns off to a slow start. But things started to pick up, and now they are currently not only the best in the West but the entire league.
With just a little over a month left in the regular season, the Suns should have no problem getting into the playoffs for the second season in the row, which hasn’t happened since 2007. The Suns know how to win multiple games in a row. It started with an 11-game winning streak, then it went to an 18-game winning streak.
Now, the Suns are leading the league with a 49-12 record, 5.5 games ahead of the second-place Golden State Warriors. As a result, most sportsbooks list favorable odds for them to win the Western Conference title and the NBA Championship.
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With the Suns’ high energy and team chemistry, they rarely give their lead away. This means this could finally be the year they bring a championship to Phoenix.
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Could This Be The Best Suns Team Yet?
With the Suns leading the league with 49 wins, could this be the best Suns team to date? The team has had its best start in franchise history and is on track to win a franchise record of 68 games. Winning 70 games is not out of the question.
Because they are led by All-Star Game coach Monty Williams, whose odds to win NBA Coach of the Year are -300 at BetMGM Arizona, it is no surprise that the Suns could win it all this season. The Suns’ roster is also stacked with all-star talent. Both Devin Booker and Chris Paul were named to the All-Star team as reserves, but that doesn’t take away from the other players like Deandre Ayton, JaVale McGee, Cam Johnson, Mikal Bridges, and more. Even though Paul most likely will be out for the remainder of the regular season with an injury, don’t expect the Suns to fall too far. They have too much skill and heart.
In the first game without Paul, Booker took over and delivered with 25 points, 12 assists, 6 steals, and 5 rebounds, to become the first Sun with that statistical line in franchise history.
Tonight, Book became the first Sun in franchise history with with 25+ PTS, 12+ ASTS, 6+ STLS and 5+ REBS in a game. (h/t @Stathead) pic.twitter.com/gyqUnmCwLb
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) February 25, 2022
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By the Numbers
Paul’s absence will have some impact on the Suns. The Point God has had 31 double-doubles this season and led the NBA averaging 10.7 assists per game before the All-Star break, but the good news is Phoenix is full of talented players that can work together to pick up the slack.
Booker has had multiple games in which he has scored over 30 points, and in February, he averaged 27.1 points per game and is an MVP contender. DraftKings Arizona has Booker at +1500 to win MVP.
Before the All-Star break, Johnson had the best 3-point percentage in the league at 42.9 percent. Johnson, Mikal Bridges, and Deandre Ayton have all grown since last season and improved thanks to Williams working with them in the offseason.
Jae Crowder has made some big plays on offense this season and, on the other side of the ball, has made some big steals. JaVale McGee is there to give Ayton a break and to make big dunks, blocks, and rebounds when needed. For an extra boost off the bench to help the defense, Torrey Craig was brought back to the Valley. The newest addition to the Suns, Aaron Holiday is the spark the Suns need while Paul is out, shooting 77.8 percent from the field and 75 percent from the 3-point mark.
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