Despite suffering through yet another miserable season, the Phoenix Suns had a few moments of promise during the 2018-19 campaign. Here are the top 10.
There’s no reason to sugarcoat it: The 2018-19 NBA season was a massive disappointment for the Phoenix Suns.
Riding an eight-year playoff drought and more than 50 years without a championship, it felt like the Suns’ fortunes might finally change. They added two top-10 rookies to their young core, including the No. 1 overall pick, Deandre Ayton. Veterans were brought in to show the youngsters the way. Josh Jackson had ended his rookie year on a promising note and T.J. Warren had worked on his 3-point shot over the summer.
It felt like the Suns were ready to make a small leap. Even though the most optimistic of fans knew the playoffs were out of the question, approaching the 30-win mark and putting themselves in position to finally return to postseason action in 2020 seemed like reasonable expectations for this young team on the rise.
Unfortunately, that was the Sacramento Kings’ fate in 2018-19, not the Phoenix Suns’. Thanks to veterans flaming out, roster shakeups, a dismal front office infrastructure, a first-year head coach, a ton of youth and injuries to Devin Booker and other key players, the Suns stumbled to their second-worst season in franchise history — even worse than last year’s 21-win campaign.
It was a huge letdown for everyone involved, but with a core of Booker, Ayton, Mikal Bridges and hopefully Kelly Oubre Jr., there are reasons for optimism. There are also bound to be signs of hope in any 82-game season, so in the interest of recapping the campaign that was with rose-colored glasses, here are the Suns’ top 10 moments of 2018-19.
- Jamal Crawford‘s game-winner over the Milwaukee Bucks
- Deandre Ayton absolutely baptizes poor Davis Bertans
- Devin Booker’s poster on Bradley Beal during triple-overtime game
- The overtime win over the Orlando Magic capped off by Ayton’s impressive defense
- Booker’s Suns dunk of the year over Anthony Davis
- Josh Jackson’s baseline poster on one end and monster block on the other during a 19-point, 10-rebound, five-block, four-assist performance against the Cleveland Cavaliers