The run-and-gun Suns offer some of the best bang for a fan’s buck. Their up-tempo style continually sees them rise to the league’s upper crust of offensive stats in scoring and shooting. Whether it’s a series of blurring passes leading to a wide-open three-pointer or a player flying high and crushing down a momentum-swinging dunk, fans are sure to rise early and often when attending a game played by the purple-and-orange gang from Phoenix.
After surprising everyone within NBA circles in 2013-14, the Suns are hoping to take the next step in their continued rise in the Western Conference. They missed the playoffs by a single game last season, a difference that could be made up by the re-signings of Eric Bledsoe, Markieff Morris, and Marcus Morris.
The top-heavy competition out West translates to a formidable schedule for Phoenix. Pacific Division heavyweights Golden State and Los Angeles (Clippers) each get four cracks at the Suns this season. The Thunder, Spurs, Rockets and Blazers also make repeat appearances throughout the year. As for the East, the Suns will see LeBron James (Cleveland), Carmelo Anthony (New York), John Wall (Washington), Derrick Rose (Chicago), and more two times each.
In a rich era of elite point guards, the Suns are counting on the defensive talents of Eric Bledsoe to get them through a seeming night-to-night gauntlet. Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Wall, Rose, Russell Westbrook, and many more will find their usual All-Star production that much harder to come by against the Suns’ best perimeter defender.
Bledsoe’s all-around talent isn’t the only weapon Phoenix brings to the table this season.
The Morris twins are back as well, and each is hoping to continue a key trend: significantly improving every season they’ve been in the league. Second-year big man Alex Len, selected fifth overall in the 2013 NBA Draft, is injury-free and ready to patrol the paint. Gerald Green is ready to once again wreak havoc in the air and from three-point range, while P.J. Tucker will do the same on the defensive end.
Supervising the entire operation were last year’s runner-ups for Coach of the Year (Jeff Hornacek) and Executive of the Year (General Manager Ryan McDonough).
The Phoenix Suns, established in the NBA in 1968, are one of a select few franchises to have kept both their name and location unchanged since its inception. The lore of the Suns is littered with critically acclaimed moments and players. Phoenix took part in the only two triple-overtime NBA Finals games in league history. Three Most Valuable Player awards (one for Charles Barkley, two for Steve Nash) adorn the honor roll, as does a bevy of All-Star honorees that included the likes of Kevin Johnson, Walter Davis, Amar’e Stoudemire and Connie Hawkins. With the team’s golden anniversary fast approaching, fans are eager to witness the Suns capture their first-ever NBA championship.