The Phoenix Suns have done something that hasn’t been done since 2015: a 4-game winning streak. That’s right, in just one week the young Suns doubled their win totals putting them at 8-24 on the season. Most recently, an impressive win in Boston (111-103). This was capped with a crucial 3-point shot by newly acquired Kelly Oubre Jr. Even more, the game was entertaining on both sides of the floor, with the Suns “Big 3” (Booker – 25pts, Ayton – 23pts, Warren – 21pts) scoring in bunches. This begs the question, “What on earth has changed for the Phoenix Suns?!”
A Rise in energy from Deandre Ayton
In the 4-game winning streak, the Suns have seen a change in rookie center Deandre Ayton’s performance. Ayton was 10/14 on field goals and landed 18 rebounds (8 offensive, 10
Josh Jackson finds his role
But in addition to Deandre’s rise in energy and performance, Josh Jackson’s improvement can’t go unnoticed. Jackson has become a spark-plug off of the bench for Phoenix, netting double digits in 3 of his 4 last games. If the Suns can continue to get this performance out of the young wing, we may see more wins accumulate. Many Suns fans are still down on Jackson, expecting him to be in the starting rotation. But it looks like Igor Kokoskov has found the right chemistry in his lineup.
With the Suns looking to get revenge on their past losses; they will have to own this new identity and become more consistent in their individual roles. Looking ahead the Phoenix Suns should be competitive in their upcoming 3-game road trip; where they play against the Wizards, Nets, and Magic. If this young core can take 2 out of 3 games they will have something to build off of for the rest of the season. Fans have finally seen progress on the court and will start to expect the win column to grow from here on out.