The Phoenix Suns ended the regular 2022-23 NBA season with a record of 45 wins and 37 losses. They had a strong performance at home with a record of 28 wins and 13 losses but encountered a lot more challenges on the road, posting a record of just 17 wins and 24 losses. Competing in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference, the Phoenix Suns secured a playoff spot for the 2023 season. They were victorious in their first series, winning over the Los Angeles Clippers in the Western Conference First Round, but faced elimination in the Western Conference Semifinals against the Denver Nuggets. The regular season saw the Phoenix Suns finish with a point differential of +170. In closely contested, one-possession games, or those extending to overtime, the 2022-23 Phoenix Suns had a record of 5 wins and 10 losses.
The Phoenix Suns underwent a remarkable transformation during the offseason, characterized by their commitment towards contention.
While retaining key figures like Kevin Durant and Devin Booker, the team added Bradley Beal as a third star, signifying their goal to go for immediate success. In addition to these star-studded additions, they brought in many free agents, mostly players in their mid to late twenties. This introduction of experienced talent showed the Suns’ “win now” mode, where their main objective was to make a serious push for an NBA championship.
The consequence of these moves was a roster lacking a lot of young talent and the absence of valuable NBA first-round draft picks. However, there was a glimmer of hope for restoring their talent and skill with the acquisition of a 2024 first-round pick. With this pick, they selected Dayton forward Toumani Camara as the 52nd overall pick. The choice of Camara appeared to be a strategic shift in the Suns’ approach towards talent acquisition. Camara, known for his exceptional rebounding skills, showcased his capabilities by averaging over eight rebounds per game in the previous season. His performance in the NBA Summer League, where he maintained a seven-rebound average per game, is proof of his potential.
The Phoenix Suns are in quite a strong position as Western Conference title favorites, sharing the top spot with the Denver Nuggets in the 2023-24 season. Assuming they can maintain player health and effectively manage their team, the Suns have all the potential to become a highly competitive and well-rounded squad. Their extensive offseason and preseason preparations have provided all the opportunities they need for the team. This predicts a promising journey for the Suns as they look to make their mark in the 2023-24 season.
NBA Champion Odds as listed by top rated sportsbooks :
Phoenix Suns to win championship +500 (5/1)