This isn’t a particularly confident position.
Frankly, it requires a leap of faith for 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 may consider another change after this season. There is also a troubling trend of disorder within the organization.
However, this really is a players’ league, and the Suns have a few of the best up-and-comers in the company.
Devin Booker is 22 years old and an explosive scorer (25.1 points per game). Phoenix’s mishandling of the point guard spot also forced him to grow as a shot-creator, and he has 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 throughout the 2000s.
That is probably it for possible celebrities, but players like TJ Warren, Josh Jackson, Mikal Bridges and (if he is re-signed) Kelly Oubre Jr. are capable of handling 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.