Phoenix Suns: is this Chris Paul’s best team ever?
The Phoenix Suns have an extensive basketball history, as does point guard Chris Paul. He has played at the NBA level for 16 years and knows his way around the league, having run with several different teams and alongside countless Superstar players.
But he finally made it to the NBA final last year, a goal he kept missing out on throughout his career. Though Paul didn’t get away with a Larry O’Brien trophy in hand, the Suns team that catapulted him there nonetheless received national praise for his competitiveness and demeanor under head coach Monty Williams.
Still trying to recover from the loss, however, the Suns spent their final off-season retooling their team and raising it to remarkable standards. They brought in the Brooklyn Nets sniper Landry Shamet first, but then also brought in high-flyers JaVale McGee and Elfrid Payton.
Certainly with more talent, this new team seems poised to make a bigger claim to the NBA throne this season. But is it better than last year’s winners in the Western Conference, and better than any other team Paul has played for before?
Will the Phoenix Suns 2021-22 be Chris Paul’s best team ever?
With so many seasons behind Paul, the first task is to answer that question.
To remove the weeds, let’s limit ourselves to that 2007-08 New Orleans Hornets, the 2013-14 Los Angeles Clippers, the 2014-15 Los Angeles Clippers, the 2017-18 Houston Rockets, and of course the 2020-21 Phoenix Suns. These teams had the five highest odds in Paul’s career and the most playoff successes.
From that point on, this breakdown includes both general skills and direct preference.