This isn’t a ranking.
Frankly, it requires a leap of faith to get a franchise that is done little to deserve one. The Phoenix Suns are creeping toward the end of a fourth successive season with a sub-.300 winning percentage. They’ve had four different coaches during that stretch and could consider another change after this season. There’s also a troubling trend of disorder within the organization.
However, this really is a players’ league, and the Suns have a few of the greatest 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 develop as a shot-creator, and he’s responded with a career-best 6.7 assists per contest. Deandre Ayton, 20, ought to be a first-team All-Rookie lock and also only the third NBA professional to average 16 points and 10 rebounds during the 2000s.
That’s 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 capable of tackling complementary roles. With this core still place to grow through the Suns’ own first-rounders and an incoming selection from the Milwaukee Bucks, the talent base will continue to expand.
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