2017-2018 NBA Previews – Suns Odds
Looking for 2017 Phoenix Suns Predictions? We’ve got your back. The Phoenix Suns have been in a rebuild about as long as any NBA team. The good news is that they’ve continued to collect young pieces and assets; the problem is that those pieces and assets haven’t yet turned into on-court success.
Team Season Preview
Head Coach: Earl Watson
2016-17 Record: 24-58
Phoenix Suns Odds to NBA Title: +50000
Phoenix Suns Odds to Win Conference: +30000
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Overall it was a quiet offseason for this team, which means it’s mostly going to depend on internal growth for improvement.
That said, it did add one of the most coveted rookies of the summer in Josh Jackson. The question is: How quickly can he help this franchise turn around?
Phoenix Suns Strengths:
The Phoenix Suns are going to enter every game this season with one goal in mind: Run opponents out of the gym.
Last season, few squads across the league could match this group in pace. In fact, literally only one team (the Brooklyn Nets) ran a faster pace over the course of the 2016-17 campaign.
With that in mind, scoring points is not going to be an issue most nights. Last season the Suns finished ninth in points scored at 107.7 per contest.
Although there are no true superstars on this roster, Devin Booker is close to earning that recognition. He’s a scoring machine (as evidenced by his 70-point game against Boston last season), and he’s not slowing down.
There’s also plenty of players who could break out and have career years (albeit very early in their careers). Dragan Bender is still waiting to hit the scene. Alex Len has yet to hit his potential. Marquese Criss hasn’t made a name for himself and Eric Bledsoe could be looking at his best season to date.
If the Suns can get just one of those players to truly break out alongside Booker (as well as rookie Josh Jackson), the season will be considered a success regardless
Phoenix Suns Weaknesses:
As much as scoring points is a strength for the Suns, the way they score is a definite weakness.
Last season, despite being a top-10 team in scoring, Phoenix was just 22nd in points per 100 possessions—otherwise known as offensive efficiency.
Part of the reason they were so inefficient was their three-point shooting. This group, which was once known for its perimeter-orieneted style under Mike D’Antoni, was just 29th in three-pointers made at 7.5 per contest.
Think they at least were efficient despite their low volume? Think again. Phoenix knocked down just 33.2 percent of their looks from long range, which put them at 27th in the Association.
Defense is also a major concern for this roster. Josh Jackson will undoubtedly enhance the defense, but one solid defensive alone does not a good defensive team make.
Last season, the Suns were dead last in points per game allowed, giving up 113.3 per night.
They also gave up the eighth-most three-pointers, were dead last in three-point percentage allowed and were 28th in points per 100 possessions—otherwise known as defensive efficiency.
Phoenix Suns Betting Prediction: 26-56
Vegas has set the over/under for the Suns at 28.5. ESPN ran its own simulations of the upcoming season and Phoenix averaged 30.7 wins.
We’re thinking both of those are optimistic.
In the Western Conference where there are no nights off, Phoenix isn’t going to get to 30 wins. They’ll be the worst team in the Pacific Division, and they’ll be the worst team in the Western Conference.
To shed a bit of positive light on this franchise, there is legitimate hope that one of the young aforementioned players will break out and hit the scene for the first time. That could get them closer to 30.
But even if that’s the case, there’s little hope this team is anything better than the 14th team in the league’s stronger conference.
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