Before the end of last week, you possibly could have convinced me that the Phoenix Suns would win 21 games in the 2013-14 NBA season. With the addition of point guard Eric Bledsoe, a sub-par supporting cast with a bit of talent in certain spots, and a good bit of youth, a meager 21 wins wasn’t out of the realm of possibility.
However, after the Suns trade with the Washington Wizards at the end of this past week that sent out Marcin Gortat, Kendall Marshall, Malcolm Lee and Shannon Brown out of Phoenix and brought back only an injured Emeka Okafor and a first round pick, they are going to be exponentially worse during this season.
Sports book Bovada set their NBA over/under lines not long ago and the Suns’, even after the trade, sits at 20.5 wins. That’s a low total and is 4.5 wins fewer than the 25 that they finished with last season, but it’s also too high for this Suns team as they stand now.
This Suns team is easily 4.5 wins worse than the team they put on the floor last year, which is actually saying a lot. Though they have two talented guards in Bledsoe and Goran Dragic, the rest of their starting five presumably comprised of Markieff Morris, P.J. Tucker and either Miles Plumlee or rookie Alex Len is just absolutely horrid.
This Suns team is now in serious contention with the Philadelphia 76ers to finish with the worst record in the NBA this season. Ultimately, I think Bledsoe and Dragic by themselves are worth more games than the Sixers will win this season, but that’s not exactly an honor that you want bestowed upon you. The Suns are going to be bad and if you’re a fan, you should expect the worst for this season.