Bright Side Of The Sun
Through the first week of the NBA season, one of the biggest surprises to many has been the play of the Phoenix Suns. For the past few seasons, the Suns have been a glorified G-League team in desperate need of veteran presence and huge improvements from its young players. This year they may have gotten both. It’s just three games into the season, but the Suns, sitting at 2-1, feel like a legitimate playoff dark-horse.
Phoenix opened the season by obliterating a solid Kings team and then nearly knocked off a title-contending Denver Nuggets. Then they proceeded to put together an impressive win against the title-favorite Los Angeles Clippers. It’s only October, but this is not a streak of games that they have put together very often since Devin Booker’s arrival in 2015.
This open to the season is directly related to the organization finally bringing in solid veteran players to go along with their young guys. The additions of Ricky Rubio, Aron Baynes, and Frank Kaminsky have made a clear impact on this team and organization. Pairing these guys with Booker, Kelly Oubre, and Deandre Ayton has combined talent with leadership and has made for a team that looks like a potential playoff contender under first-year coach Monty Williams.