Suns’ 2024 Championship Quest: Narrow Path to Victory

Photo of Kevin Durant on the way to bring Suns to win 2024 championship.

The Phoenix Suns seem to have slim chances of winning the NBA Championship in 2024. While the outcome of the series against the Minnesota Timberwolves remains uncertain, the Suns exhibit signs of age, sluggishness, and a lack of cohesion. Even if they manage a comeback, it’s challenging to envision them overcoming top-tier teams like the Denver Nuggets.

Many fans are not focusing on the future but rather contemplating the past. They consider the different paths not taken and alternative realities. One such scenario involves the Suns refraining from a significant trade in February 2023, where they exchanged Mikal Bridges and Cam Johnson for Kevin Durant from the Brooklyn Nets.

Additionally, they may ponder a scenario where the Suns retained Deandre Ayton, the franchise’s only #1 overall pick, instead of trading him to the Portland Trailblazers last September, a move that primarily resulted in acquiring Grayson Allen and Jusuf Nurkic.

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Given these circumstances, it’s natural for fans to reflect on the past. Recall the optimism before the KD deal? That core team was on the brink of an NBA title not long ago. Now, with Durant aging, the future seems more limited.

But here’s an unexpected idea: The same choices would likely be made again. It may sound strange, but most of the bold decisions made since Mat Ishbia succeeded Robert Sarver are embraced. This isn’t the same passive franchise—the one fearful of financial risks or settling for mediocrity.

This is a daring Suns team ready to take calculated risks, even if they’re not universally popular among fans. They recognized an opportunity to acquire a legendary scorer for Phoenix and seized it, despite the cost.

Sticking with the status quo, sticking with the “core” Suns, might have been the safer route. Whether it would have been the right one remains uncertain. There’s optimism that this isn’t the end for the 2024 Suns.

Hopefully, they can elevate their performance and embark on a deep playoff journey. Truly, it’s hoped. Even if they don’t, avoiding a safe approach won’t be regretted. Boldness is eventually rewarded. That belief remains.


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