The Phoenix Suns haven’t made the playoffs since losing in the 2009-2010 Western Conference Finals. In fact, they have been entrenched near the bottom of the Western Conference for the last several seasons. Last year, a 34-39 record showed improvement and the addition of Chris Paul appears to be the right addition to lead the team back to the post season.
The 35-year-old guard, Chris Paul, adds additional leadership and ability to a group that ended the 2019-2020 season on a high note, winning their last eight. This season, they became the first team to reach five wins and were 5-1 as of January 3. In addition to Paul, acquisitions of Cam Payne and Jae Crowder have also played roles in the ascent.
Chris Paul, a 10-time All-Star, is is the ultimate competitor at just 6’ 1” and 175 pounds. He’s done just about everything in the game, from numerous All-Defense Team and All-NBA selections, but has yet to reach the NBA Finals.
While Paul clearly can teach the younger players, he’s not in Phoenix just to teach. In fact, he insists that he can learn from the younger members of the team. There’s no question that Paul speaks with pride when talking about the Suns’ ability. The question is whether or not Paul will be there when the teams rises to the top. After all, he has a player option worth $44 million for 2021-2022.
With the likes of Booker, Bridges, and Ayton hitting their peak NBA years, it’s possible Paul could be on the move. Then again, who is to say the Suns might not surprise the league and get to the top this season? Only time will tell, but Paul is going to enjoy the ride!