Suns Miss Playoffs and Make History
This season the Phoenix Suns made history, tying the 2007-8 Golden State Warriors for having the best winning record (48-34) to miss out on the playoffs since 1984. After such a heartbreaking end to the season it is easy to have a bad taste in your mouth and a negative outlook on the season itself. Afterall, Phoenix held control of their own destiny before losing three of the final four games of the season.
Not to mention the fact that Goran Dragic had arguably his best season of his career and Eric Bledsoe had plenty of great games after returning from knee surgery. P.J. Tucker and Gerald Green also had breakout seasons in their own right with Green averaging almost 16 points per game and shooting 40% from three.
In NBA history, only 4 teams have failed to qualify for the playoffs after winning at least 48 games. 3 of the 4 have been the Phoenix Suns.
— ESPN (@espn) April 17, 2014
That statistic provided by ESPN in itself describes the misfortune that the Suns have had in their 46 year history. In a sense, that is what makes the 2013-14 season all the more disappointing. The Suns were highly successful for a majority of the season and definitely exceeded most insiders expectations.
Except they were unable to close, partially due to the fact that the Western Conference is so deep. To put that into perspective, Phoenix would have finished as the fifth seed in the top heavy Eastern Conference.
Yet it all comes back to the simple fact that the Suns lost three in a row and three of their final four games of the season. The most interesting statistic of them all might just be how the Phoenix Suns own the NBA’s fourth-best all-time winning percentage. Even having the misfortune of playing the Boston Celtics in the 1976 NBA Finals, and playing the Chicago Bulls in the 1993 NBA Finals.
The Suns have three 2014 first-round draft picks and a GM who is a great talent evaluator. They could be really scary next season.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) April 10, 2014
Going into the off-season Suns fans won’t be disappointed in the team for long, realizing how great of a position they are in. With three 2014 first-round draft picks and a good amount of money to put toward free agency, Phoenix is set. Which is why the disappointment in the 2013-14 results should now be an afterthought as the Suns are in a great position to make an even bigger impact next season.
Phoenix Sports-Kings Contributor, Ian Johnson @IanJohnsonSK