Coming off a surprise run to the NBA Finals, the Phoenix Suns are looking to build on that success during the 2021-22 NBA season, hoping to win a championship for the first time in franchise history. In this post, we’re making or Suns predictions for the upcoming season, even if they are admittedly way-too-early.
Now that they’ve re-signed Chris Paul to a long-term deal and added veteran big man JaVale McGee and two-way combo guard Landry Shamet, the Suns have added quality depth in their quest to capture the 2022 NBA title.
Moreover, since they’ve successfully re-tooled their roster while bringing back some key rotation players, the Suns will be focused on bringing home the chip and going all out on both ends of the floor next season. Having said all this, let’s take a look at three way too early and bold predictions for the Suns during the 2021-22 NBA season.
Phoenix Suns Predictions
Monty Williams will win coach of the year
In just his second season as head coach of the Phoenix Suns, Monty Williams lead them to their first NBA Finals appearance in almost 30 years. This is just one season after they went 8-0 in the bubble, even though they missed the playoffs, they showed a ton of promise with a young and developing squad.
The addition of Chris Paul also did help out immensely, but Williams did build the foundation for them heading into the 2020-21 NBA season which they took to heart and used as motivation for their surprise run to the 2021 NBA Finals. With his calming presence, poise, and sound leadership, Williams has evolved into one of the best coaches in the league today.
Given the massive turnaround the Suns just pulled off this past season, there’s no denying they’ll at least be a three seed in the Western Conference. It can also be expected that they’ll be making another deep playoff run next season. With all this in the works for Phoenix, Monty Williams will most assuredly win NBA coach of the year next season.
DeAndre Ayton will win the most improved player award
After playing alongside Chris Paul for just one season, DeAndre Ayton showed a ton of improvement in his game all across the board. During their NBA Finals run this past season, Ayton showed dominance on the glass to go along with a wide array of post moves, strong finishes at the rim, and an elite defensive showing.
His defensive presence came up huge for them during their second-round series against the Nuggets when he completely took NBA MVP Nikola Jokic out of his element and forced him to be more of a facilitator than a scorer. If Ayton can keep this improved level of production up throughout the 2021-22 NBA season, then there’s no doubt he’ll be the winner of the NBA Most Improved Player award in 2022.
The Phoenix Suns will win the NBA title for the 2021-22 NBA season
After coming within just two games of hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy, the Suns will definitely be back with a vengeance next season and look to capitalize on their progress from last season. With Chris Paul and Devin Booker locked in and ready to make a big splash once again during the 2021-22 NBA season, the Suns will be looking to prove all the haters wrong and bring home an NBA title in a dominating fashion.
Even with Western Conference powerhouses like the Lakers, Warriors, Nuggets, and Jazz all expected be back at full strength next season, the Suns will be ready for the challenge and have added quality depth at the center and guard spots with the signings of NBA champion JaVale McGee and two-way combo guard Landry Shamet. Now that their star trio of Paul, Booker, and Ayton have all had an additional offseason to build even stronger team chemistry, the Phoenix Suns will come back fiercer and more experienced heading into next season.
Now with a stacked Western Conference that will be back in full swing and a top-heavy Eastern Conference that’s loaded with talent, the Suns will definitely have their work cut out for them throughout the entirety of the 2021-22 NBA season. With Chris Paul running the show and a deep and determined Suns team behind him, there’s no denying the fact that the Suns have what it takes to storm their way back to the NBA Finals and bring home the title for the first time in franchise history.
Especially with a top-tier coaching staff and a perfectly balanced roster consisting of savvy veterans, All-Star caliber talent, and young and developing players learning the ropes of a championship culture in Phoenix. Having said all that, the Phoenix Suns most assuredly have what it takes to come out on top and win it all next year.