Phoenix Suns Details
The Suns have played in Phoenix since joining the NBA as a 1968 expansion team. The team currently plays its home games in downtown Phoenix at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The Suns made their first NBA Finals appearance in 1976. Despite having never won a championship, the Suns have been one of the NBA’s best regular-season teams.
In 1992, the Suns acquired Hall of Famer Charles Barkley from the 76ers. Barkley was the NBA’s MVP in the 1992-93 season and teamed up with all-star point guard Kevin Johnson to bring the Suns to the 1993 NBA Finals, where they lost to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.
After continuing to produce playoff-quality teams nearly every season, the Suns acquired Steve Nash (who they had previously traded to Dallas) as a free agent before the 2004-05 season. Nash and former Rookie of the year Amar’e Stoudemire led the team to a first place finish. Nash won back-to-back MVP awards in his first two seasons back with the Suns, and the team made it to the Western Conference Finals each year.
Nash left the Suns in 2013, and the current team is in the midst of a franchise-long seven year streak of not qualifying for the postseason. Still, there are reasons for Phoenix fans to be excited, as the club has stockpiled a number of exciting young players. Head coach Earl Watson will begin his 2nd full season with the Suns. Watson will have players like Devin Booker, Josh Jackson, and Dragon Bender—all high first round draft picks—at his disposal. The Suns will also hope for point guard Eric Bledsoe to recover from a knee injury that limited his playing time last season. The Western Conference will be a tough place to win games, but the 2017-18 season should provide valuable experience to the Suns’ young players.