Last season: 64-18 (lost in second round); second in offense, ninth in defenseKey additions: SG Damion Lee, C Jock Landale, SG Josh OkogieKey subtractions: C JaVale McGee, PG Aaron Holiday, PG Elfrid PaytonDraft picks: None
Their record tells one thing; the vibes say quite another.
On the surface, it seems the Phoenix Suns should be basking in the glow of back-to-back dream seasons right now. They followed up a somewhat surprising NBA Finals run in 2021 with a 64-win juggernaut in 2021-22, and most of their core players are relatively young.
Instead, things seem headed in a different direction going into the 2022-23 season. Between the Game 7 meltdown against Dallas, the seeming standoff between the organization and center Deandre Ayton and Jae Crowder’s absence from the team while they seek a trade, the Suns don’t exactly enter the season in a happy place.
Layered on top of that is owner Robert Sarver’s