The Arizona Suns are in an interesting position at the moment.
They’re not exactly in the top half of the league in the standings, but they’re right around the midpoint of the pack in terms of the overall quality of their team.
The good news for Phoenix fans is that their recent playoff run was largely due to the play of the young players.
The bad news is that the team’s recent struggles could have something to do with the lack of a core of elite talent.
So far this season, the Suns have been a very solid defensive team.
They rank just outside the top-10 in defensive efficiency.
They have been solid in the paint.
They are also shooting the ball well, and they have played solid defense when they do get their offense going.
What makes them different is that this season’s team is built around the same core of players.
It is led by big men Devin Booker and Goran Dragic.
They were the Suns’ top-two scorers in 2016-17 and 2017-18, respectively.
They had the most turnovers in the league last season, and the Suns ranked sixth in defensive rating.
They also ranked ninth in the League in points per possession last season.
And the Suns are very good at spacing the floor.
They ranked sixth last season in the Conference, and have improved that figure each year.
They shot the ball at a very high clip, and made up for it by being a very good team in transition.
This season, Phoenix has not played a ton of teams from the Eastern Conference.
The Pacers, Spurs, and Kings are all among the teams that the Suns face in the first round of the playoffs.
They played just four games against the teams in the West, and none against the Spurs.
But that is not to say that the roster has not been changed.
While they lost Dragic to free agency, Booker has not left the Suns for the better part of two seasons.
Booker has also been healthy for most of that time, and his minutes have increased over the last two seasons, which has given the Suns a better chance to win games with their best player.
The Suns have a much better offense, and Booker is playing at a high level.
However, it would be fair to say they are a bit behind the league on defense.
The good news is, they have a good core of young players that are all improving.
They all play hard and are getting better at the same time.
The Phoenix Suns have the best young core in the entire NBA.
Injuries and poor performances aside, this season has been an incredible season for the Suns.
They beat the New Orleans Pelicans, beat the Los Angeles Clippers, and lost to the Golden State Warriors.
The team is in the middle of a stretch of eight games that they will have played without two of their best players for a total of 11 games.
Despite the recent struggles, Phoenix still has the best record in the East.
If they can continue to improve, they will finish the season with a chance to make the playoffs, which would be their first championship in a decade. (via ESPN)