Suns fans expected improvement this season, and to their pleasant surprise, this team is off to a better start than expected. The Suns have started off this season with two wins, one loss, and a + 36 point differential through the first three games starting off this season. The Suns have even endured some great competition early on.
In fact; the Suns beat, Kawhi Leonard, the lead player from the Los Angeles Clippers on October 26th with a score of 130-122. The Phoenix Suns then proceeded to lose in overtime to a team most people believed to make it into the Eastern Conference Finals; the Denver Nuggets with a final score of 108-109. Lastly, The Suns demolished a bottom dweller team the Sacramento Kings 124-95. The Clippers victory against the Suns is very surprising after discovering a team member is serving a twenty-five game suspension for taking a masking agent. This Suns team is proving to be the best team Phoenix has had in five years!
In comparison with last year’s initial three games of the season, the Phoenix Suns had a -27 point differential with one win and two losses. The two losses last year were by 20+ points and the games were not competitive to say the least.
The Suns have great pieces work with this season! So far this season, Devin Booker is averaging 23 points per game including a 30 point outing against the Clippers. Kelly Oubre Jr. has proven to be a great signing choice for the Suns as he is averaging almost 22 points per game so far. Currently, Ricky Rubio is averaging 10 assists and proving to be the point guard the Suns really necessitated.
In turn, Suns fans do have some need to be concerned. In astounding news, Deandre Ayton is serving a 25 game suspension for taking a diuretic which is typically used for masking performance enhancing drugs. Next, Ricky Rubio will be out for some time after knocking knees with Denver Nuggets, Jerami Grant, in overtime and getting a left knee contusion. Not to mention, Ty Jerome is out indefinitely with an ankle sprain. On a lighter note, fans finally witnessed Cam Johnson, rookie from University of North Carolina, play in his first game against the Los Angeles Clippers after recovering from a calf injury. The Suns may not be a true playoff contender with a loaded Western Conference but they are entertaining now.