The Phoenix Suns currently own the 2-seed in the Western Conference. But they’ll need to sustain that seeding to position themselves for a deep postseason run.
After an unbelievable showing in the NBA bubble last season, and going 8-0 in Orlando, the Phoenix Suns were still unable to qualify for the playoffs last season. But with the shortened off-season, the team has had the opportunity to build off what they accomplished going into the current NBA season.
Fast forward to 2021 and the Suns currently occupy the second seed in the West, just 2.5 games behind the Utah Jazz. With the addition of 11-time all-star Chris Paul via trade taking the reins of the offense, the Suns have their captain to lead their young roster.
Paul isn’t the only reason for the Suns owning the second-best record out West, but it starts with him at the point guard position. It also helps to have two-time all-star guard Devin Booker to play alongside. Deandre Ayton and two energetic forwards in Cameron Johnson and Mikal Bridges have also been key contributors. The Suns have a great blend of veterans and young players up and down their roster, which should help them sustain their No. 2 playoff seed.
Second Half Stretch
With the second half of the NBA season tipping off next week, the Suns will have the opportunity to showcase their body of work with eight nationally televised games to prove they belong atop the Western Conference. Although different teams are dealing with COVID-19 protocols and missing key impact players, the Suns need to get out to a hot start and string together wins to keep their current position in the standings. If the Suns can stay healthy down the stretch, they’ll have a shot to make a deep run this postseason.
There is no need for any additional roster moves at the trade deadline for the Suns, but if there is a move made it will be to add more depth to their bench by acquiring another veteran to help them on their postseason push. The Suns have positioned themselves to make a appearance in the playoffs for the first time since 2010. With the second half of the season yet to be played, expect the Suns to finish Top 3 in the West and make run toward the Western Conference Finals. Coach Monty Williams and staff have done a spectacular job preparing the team night in and night out. The Suns are a team to watch as they look forward to proving they belong atop the West and focused on a deep postseason run.