2020–21 Phoenix Suns season

2020–21 Phoenix Suns basketball season

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2020–21 Phoenix Suns season
Conference champions
Division champions
Head coachMonty Williams
General managerJames Jones
OwnersRobert Sarver
ArenaPhoenix Suns Arena later renamed the Footprint Center
Results
Record51–21 (.708)
PlaceDivision: 1st (Pacific)
Conference: 2nd (Western)
Playoff finishNBA Finals
(Lost to Bucks 2–4)

Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionFox Sports Arizona (Until March 31, 2021)
Bally Sports Arizona (from March 31, 2021 onward)
RadioKTAR
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The 2020–21 Phoenix Suns season was their 53rd season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), as well as their 28th season at the Phoenix Suns Arena (previously named the PHX Arena throughout most of November 2020), which is their first and only season under that name after Talking Stick Resort lost their naming rights to the arena by November 6, 2020.[1][2] The Suns achieved their first winning season since the 2013–14 season after a 134–106 win over the Washington Wizards on April 10, 2021.[3] The Suns then clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2010 following a 109–101 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on April 28, 2021.[4] They also clinched the Pacific Division for the first time since 2007.

In the first round, the Suns defeated the No. 7 seeded and defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers in six games and defeated the No. 3 seeded Denver Nuggets in four games in the Western Conference Semifinals. The Phoenix Suns defeated the No. 4 seeded Los Angeles Clippers in the Western Conference Finals in six games to advance to their first NBA Finals appearance in 28 years. However, they lost to the Milwaukee Bucks in six games.

Season Summary

This season dealt with multiple changes involving not just the team's renovated arena (with 80% of the arena's renovations officially finished before the start of this regular season period,[5][6] including a sudden rename from the Talking Stick Resort Arena to the PHX Arena and then the Phoenix Suns Arena throughout this season[2][7][8]) and their new practice facility north of Phoenix (which was finished after multiple delays by around November 10, over a week before the 2020 NBA draft began,[9] and opened properly as the Verizon 5G Performance Facility by November 18, the day of the draft[10]), but also with their local broadcasting network changing ownership from Fox Sports to Bally's Corporation during this season (as well as limiting local exposure to public eyes this season due to decisions made by the parent company, the Sinclair Broadcast Group) and a new starting date for this season eventually being on December 22, 2020 as an aftermath to not just the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States at that time and the prior season's suspension lasting for four straight months, but also as a hopeful starting point for teams like the Suns to allow fans back into their arenas again. With the NBA eventually announcing that this season was cut down to 72 regular season games, it became the fourth modern-era season to cut down the amount of games played since the 1998–99 NBA lockout, the third season shortened in a decade, and the second season in a row that was cut down and delayed for completion by the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the November 16, 2020 trade for now-11x All-Star point guard Chris Paul and Abdel Nader, it became the franchise's biggest trade for an All-Star player since acquiring Charles Barkley via trade before beginning the 1992–93 season.[11] Exiting 2020, the Suns started out the season with a 4–1 record to enter 2021, last starting out a season like that in 2009. They then got a 5–1 start on New Year's Day, continuing their best start since 2009 proper. However, after struggling throughout the rest of January 2021 afterward, being notified about Paul Westphal's death on January 2, the Suns had a roaring period in February with a 12–3 month, including a 7-game winning streak at home, before ending the first half of the season with a 5-game winning streak for a 17–3 finish (25–11 overall record) and leading the Pacific Division once again in the All-Star break after going 8–8 at one point. The Suns then continued their hot stretch going into the second half of this season, getting a 7-game winning streak and a 10-home game winning streak at one point to go 36–10 after that 8–8 period as of April 29.

With their 134–106 home win over the Washington Wizards on April 10, 2021, the Suns had their first official winning season since the 2013–14 season.[3] Five days later, with a 122–114 home win over the Sacramento Kings, they also had their first winning season where they reached up to 40 or more wins since that same 2013–14 season. Four days after that, on April 19, the Suns guaranteed themselves a spot for at least the play-in tournament for the 2021 NBA playoffs with their 41st win of the season by a 128–127 overtime road win over the Milwaukee Bucks.[12] In their next game two days later, they had their 42nd win of the season (getting it without needing the entire 82-game regular season this time around) with a close 116–113 road win over the Philadelphia 76ers, getting their first true winning season since that aforementioned 2013–14 season. With a 118–110 road win over the New York Knicks on April 26 and then a 109–101 home win over the Los Angeles Clippers two days later, led in the clutch by Chris Paul in the fourth quarters of those games, the Suns officially returned to the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2010, ending their decade-long playoff drought.[4] For the first time since 2007, the Suns clinched their division title.

Off-season

Draft

Round Pick Player Position(s) Nationality College / Club
1 10 Jalen Smith Power Forward United States United States Maryland

Coaching changes

On September 8, 2020, nearly two months after firing Steve Blake and Larry Greer during the 2020 NBA Bubble period (which led to Larry joining his older brother Andy on the New York Knicks as assistant coaches there soon afterward), the Suns hired former Minnesota Timberwolves player development coach Brian Randle as one of the incoming assistant coach replacements, taking on Steve Blake's apparent position with the team.[13] In addition to that move, their Director of Athletic Performance, Daniel Bove, announced his hiring by the New Orleans Pelicans for that exact position there on his Twitter account after helping the team go undefeated in the 2020 NBA Bubble.[14] Five days after the announced signing, the Memphis Grizzlies announced the hiring of assistant coach Darko Rajaković going forward for this season, leaving Phoenix to search for his replacement.[15] On October 9, the Suns hired former Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach Kevin Young (who was an assistant alongside Monty Williams during his time in Philadelphia and was once considered a head coach candidate for the 76ers) as their second (and final) new assistant coach hiring of the season, replacing Rajaković's position going forward.[16]

Front office changes

On July 31, 2020, in a period that would normally be considered a part of this season before the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States began, the Suns fired 30 different employees for varying reasons that affected overall team performance, especially by being considered either redundant or outdated for the team.[17] Four months later, on Halloween 2020, Suns co-owner Richard J. Heckmann passed away at 76 years old due to complications relating to multiple system atrophy, though his passing wasn't confirmed by the team until November 2.[18][19] During the start of the free agency period on November 20, NBA officials confirmed that 30 more Suns employees were furloughed, with many of those employees that are still with the organization having to take a 5%-20% pay cut for this season, both of which were due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 recession.[20]

Roster

Roster listing
2020–21 Phoenix Suns roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G 0 Alexander, Ty-Shon (TW) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1998-07-16 Creighton
C 22 Ayton, Deandre 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1998-07-23 Arizona
G 1 Booker, Devin 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 206 lb (93 kg) 1996-10-30 Kentucky
F 25 Bridges, Mikal 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 209 lb (95 kg) 1996-08-30 Villanova
G 4 Carter, Jevon 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1995-09-14 West Virginia
F 12 Craig, Torrey 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 221 lb (100 kg) 1990-12-19 USC Upstate
F 99 Crowder, Jae 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1990-07-06 Marquette
G 2 Galloway, Langston 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1991-12-09 Saint Joseph's
F 23 Johnson, Cameron 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1996-03-03 North Carolina
F/C 8 Kaminsky, Frank 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1993-04-04 Wisconsin
G 55 Moore, E'Twaun 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 191 lb (87 kg) 1989-02-25 Purdue
F 11 Nader, Abdel 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1993-09-25 Iowa State
G 3 Paul, Chris 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1985-05-06 Wake Forest
G 15 Payne, Cameron 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 183 lb (83 kg) 1994-08-08 Murray State
F/C 20 Šarić, Dario Injured 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1994-04-08 Croatia
F/C 10 Smith, Jalen 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 2000-03-16 Maryland
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (GL) On assignment to G League affiliate
  • (TW) Two-way affiliate player
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Last transaction: March 18, 2021

Preseason

2020 preseason game log
Total: 0–4 (Home: 0–2; Road: 0–2)
Preseason: 0–4 (Home: 0–2; Road: 0–2)
Game Date Team Score High points High rebounds High assists Location
Attendance
Record
1 December 12 @ Utah L 105–119 Langston Galloway (17) Deandre Ayton (14) Devin Booker, Jevon Carter (6) Vivint Smart Home Arena
585 (Limited Seating)
0–1
2 December 14 @ Utah L 92–111 Devin Booker (27) Deandre Ayton (9) Chris Paul (6) Vivint Smart Home Arena
1,084 (Limited Seating)
0–2
3 December 16 L.A. Lakers L 107–112 Deandre Ayton (21) Deandre Ayton (9) Chris Paul (8) Phoenix Suns Arena
Closed off arena
0–3
4 December 18 L.A. Lakers L 113–114 Devin Booker (27) Jalen Smith (8) Jevon Carter (6) Phoenix Suns Arena
Closed off arena
0–4
2020–21 season schedule

Regular season

Game log

2020–21 game log
Total: 51–21 (Home: 27–9; Road: 24–12)
December: 4–1 (Home: 2–0; Road: 2–1)
Game Date Team Score High points High rebounds High assists Location
Attendance
Record
1 December 23 Dallas W 106–102 Devin Booker (22) Jae Crowder (9) Chris Paul (5) Phoenix Suns Arena
Closed off arena
1–0
2 December 26 @ Sacramento L 103–106 Devin Booker (26) Deandre Ayton (12) Chris Paul (12) Golden 1 Center
Closed off arena
1–1
3 December 27 @ Sacramento W 116–100 Mikal Bridges (22) Deandre Ayton (15) Chris Paul (12) Golden 1 Center
Closed off arena
2–1
4 December 29 New Orleans W 111–86 Jae Crowder (21) Deandre Ayton (12) Chris Paul (9) Phoenix Suns Arena
Closed off arena
3–1
5 December 31 @ Utah W 106–95 Devin Booker (25) Deandre Ayton (9) Devin Booker (7) Vivint Smart Home Arena
1,932 (Limited Seating)
4–1
January: 6–7 (Home: 2–4; Road: 4–3)
Game Date Team Score High points High rebounds High assists Location
Attendance
Record
6 January 1 @ Denver W 106–103 Deandre Ayton, Devin Booker (22) Deandre Ayton (11) Chris Paul (6) Ball Arena
Closed off arena
5–1
7 January 3 L. A. Clippers L 107–112 Devin Booker (25) Chris Paul (9) Devin Booker (8) Phoenix Suns Arena
Closed off arena
5–2
8 January 6 Toronto W 123–115 Devin Booker (24) Deandre Ayton (16) Cameron Payne (10) Phoenix Suns Arena
Closed off arena
6–2
9 January 8 @ Detroit L 105–110 (OT) Devin Booker (23) Deandre Ayton (11) Chris Paul (9) Little Caesars Arena
Closed off arena
6–3
10 January 9 @ Indiana W 125–117 Mikal Bridges (34) Deandre Ayton (14) Chris Paul (10) Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Closed off arena
7–3
11 January 11 @ Washington L 107–128 Devin Booker (33) Deandre Ayton, Jae Crowder, Dario Šarić (6) Chris Paul (11) Capital One Arena
Closed off arena
7–4
January 13 Atlanta Postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic[21] (Make-up Date: March 30, 2021)[22]
January 15 Golden State Postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic[23] (Make-up Date: March 4, 2021)[22]
January 16 Indiana Postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic[24] (Make-up Date: March 13, 2021)[22]
12 January 18 @ Memphis L 104–108 Deandre Ayton (18) Deandre Ayton (16) Chris Paul (7) FedExForum
204 (Limited Seating)
7–5
13 January 20 @ Houston W 109–103 Deandre Ayton (26) Deandre Ayton (17) Mikal Bridges, Cameron Payne (5) Toyota Center
3,022 (Limited Seating)
8–5
14 January 22 Denver L 126–130 (OT) Devin Booker (31) Deandre Ayton (13) Chris Paul (15) Phoenix Suns Arena
Closed off arena
8–6
15 January 23 Denver L 112–120 (2OT) Chris Paul, Jae Crowder (21) Deandre Ayton (13) Chris Paul (13) Phoenix Suns Arena
Closed off arena
8–7
16 January 27 Oklahoma City L 97–102 Chris Paul (32) Deandre Ayton (14) Chris Paul (5) Phoenix Suns Arena
Closed off arena
8–8
17 January 28 Golden State W 114–93 Mikal Bridges (20) Deandre Ayton, Frank Kaminsky III (13) Frank Kaminsky III (8) Phoenix Suns Arena
Closed off arena
9–8
18 January 30 @ Dallas W 111–105 Chris Paul (29) Deandre Ayton (17) Chris Paul (12) American Airlines Center
Closed off arena
10–8
February: 12–3 (Home: 7–2; Road: 5–1)
Game Date Team Score High points High rebounds High assists Location
Attendance
Record
19 February 1 @ Dallas W 109–108 Chris Paul (34) Deandre Ayton (17) Chris Paul (9) American Airlines Center
Closed off arena
11–8
20 February 3 @ New Orleans L 101–123 Devin Booker (25) Deandre Ayton (11) Jevon Carter (5) Smoothie King Center
1,440 (Limited Seating)
11–9
21 February 5 Detroit W 109–92 Devin Booker (23) Deandre Ayton (13) Chris Paul (9) Phoenix Suns Arena
Closed off arena
12–9
22 February 7 Boston W 100–91 Mikal Bridges (19) Deandre Ayton (11) Devin Booker (11) Phoenix Suns Arena
1,493 (Limited Seating)
13–9
23 February 8 Cleveland W 119–113 Devin Booker (36) Deandre Ayton (16) Devin Booker (8) Phoenix Suns Arena
1,485 (Limited Seating)
14–9
24 February 10 Milwaukee W 125–124 Devin Booker (30) Jae Crowder (14) Frank Kaminsky III (8) Phoenix Suns Arena
1,491 (Limited Seating)
15–9
25 February 13 Philadelphia W 120–111 Devin Booker (36) Chris Paul (8) Chris Paul (10) Phoenix Suns Arena
1,652 (Limited Seating)
16–9
26 February 14 Orlando W 109–90 Devin Booker (27) Deandre Ayton (13) Chris Paul (9) Phoenix Suns Arena
1,732 (Limited Seating)
17–9
27 February 16 Brooklyn L 124–128 Chris Paul (29) Deandre Ayton (9) Devin Booker, Chris Paul (7) Phoenix Suns Arena
3,181 (Limited Seating)
17–10
28 February 19 @ New Orleans W 132–114 Devin Booker (23) Deandre Ayton (16) Chris Paul (19) Smoothie King Center
1,940 (Limited Seating)
18–10
29 February 20 @ Memphis W 128–97 Devin Booker (23) E'Twaun Moore (7) Cameron Payne (7) FedExForum
1,994 (Limited Seating)
19–10
30 February 22 Portland W 132–100 Devin Booker (34) Dario Šarić (9) Chris Paul (9) Phoenix Suns Arena
3,213 (Limited Seating)
20–10
31 February 24 Charlotte L 121–124 Devin Booker (33) Deandre Ayton (10) Chris Paul (10) Phoenix Suns Arena
3,296 (Limited Seating)
20–11
32 February 26 @ Chicago W 106–97 Deandre Ayton, Devin Booker (22) Deandre Ayton (7) Chris Paul (15) United Center
Closed off arena
21–11
33 February 28 @ Minnesota W 118–99 Devin Booker (43) Deandre Ayton (10) Chris Paul (15) Target Center
Closed off arena
22–11
March: 11–3 (Home: 6–2; Road: 5–1)
Game Date Team Score High points High rebounds High assists Location
Attendance
Record
34 March 2 @ L. A. Lakers W 114–104 Dario Šarić (21) Mikal Bridges (6) Chris Paul (10) Staples Center
Closed off arena
23–11
35 March 4 Golden State W 120–98 Cameron Payne (17) Deandre Ayton (10) Cameron Payne (10) Phoenix Suns Arena
3,233 (Limited Seating)
24–11
All-Star Game (Season Separator)
36 March 11 @ Portland W 127–121 Devin Booker (35) Jae Crowder (7) Devin Booker (8) Moda Center
Closed off arena
25–11
37 March 13 Indiana L 111–122 Devin Booker (20) Deandre Ayton (12) Chris Paul (10) Phoenix Suns Arena
3,166 (Limited Seating)
25–12
38 March 15 Memphis W 122–99 Devin Booker (27) Deandre Ayton (9) Chris Paul (7) Phoenix Suns Arena
3,188 (Limited Seating)
26–12
39 March 18 Minnesota L 119–123 Devin Booker (35) Dario Šarić (8) Mikal Bridges (8) Phoenix Suns Arena
3,172 (Limited Seating)
26–13
40 March 19 Minnesota W 113–101 Chris Paul (20) Devin Booker (7) Chris Paul (9) Phoenix Suns Arena
3,124 (Limited Seating)
27–13
41 March 21 L. A. Lakers W 111–94 Deandre Ayton, Devin Booker (26) Chris Paul (10) Chris Paul (13) Phoenix Suns Arena
3,190 (Limited Seating)
28–13
42 March 23 @ Miami W 110–100 Devin Booker (23) Deandre Ayton (16) Chris Paul (9) American Airlines Arena
Closed off arena
29–13
43 March 24 @ Orlando L 111–112 Devin Booker (25) Deandre Ayton (9) Devin Booker, Chris Paul (7) Amway Center
3,891 (Limited Seating)
29–14
44 March 26 @ Toronto W 104–100 Deandre Ayton, Chris Paul (19) Deandre Ayton (9) Chris Paul (8) Amalie Arena
Closed off arena
30–14
45 March 28 @ Charlotte W 101–97 (OT) Devin Booker (35) Deandre Ayton (14) Mikal Bridges, Jae Crowder (4) Spectrum Center
3,850 (Limited Seating)
31–14
46 March 30 Atlanta W 117–110 Devin Booker (21) Deandre Ayton (14) Chris Paul (8) Phoenix Suns Arena
3,173 (Limited Seating)
32–14
47 March 31 Chicago W 121–116 Devin Booker (45) Dario Šarić (5) Chris Paul (14) Phoenix Suns Arena
3,459 (Limited Seating)
33–14
April: 13–4 (Home: 10–1; Road: 3–3)
Game Date Team Score High points High rebounds High assists Location
Attendance
Record
48 April 2 Oklahoma City W 140–103 Devin Booker (32) Deandre Ayton (7) Chris Paul (12) Phoenix Suns Arena
3,422 (Limited Seating)
34–14
49 April 5 @ Houston W 133–130 Devin Booker (36) Deandre Ayton (11) Chris Paul (11) Toyota Center
3,093 (Limited Seating)
35–14
50 April 7 Utah W 117–113 (OT) Devin Booker (35) Deandre Ayton, Jae Crowder (12) Chris Paul (9) Phoenix Suns Arena
5,110 (Limited Seating)
36–14
51 April 8 @ L. A. Clippers L 103–113 Devin Booker (24) Deandre Ayton (10) Jae Crowder (4) Staples Center
Closed off arena
36–15
52 April 10 Washington W 134–106 Devin Booker (27) Deandre Ayton (10) Chris Paul (10) Phoenix Suns Arena
5,028 (Limited Seating)
37–15
53 April 12 Houston W 126–120 Jae Crowder (26) Deandre Ayton, Devin Booker (7) Chris Paul (10) Phoenix Suns Arena
4,145 (Limited Seating)
38–15
54 April 13 Miami W 106–86 Deandre Ayton (19) Deandre Ayton (13) Chris Paul (9) Phoenix Suns Arena
5,024 (Limited Seating)
39–15
55 April 15 Sacramento W 122–114 Deandre Ayton (26) Deandre Ayton (11) Chris Paul (11) Phoenix Suns Arena
4,568 (Limited Seating)
40–15
56 April 17 San Antonio L 85–111 Jevon Carter (17) Deandre Ayton (9) Chris Paul (6) Phoenix Suns Arena
5,078 (Limited Seating)
40–16
57 April 19 @ Milwaukee W 128–127 (OT) Devin Booker (24) Deandre Ayton (13) Chris Paul (13) Fiserv Forum
3,280 (Limited Seating)
41–16
58 April 21 @ Philadelphia W 116–113 Chris Paul (28) Torrey Craig (7) Chris Paul (8) Wells Fargo Center
4,094 (Limited Seating)
42–16
59 April 22 @ Boston L 86–99 Chris Paul (22) Deandre Ayton (9) Chris Paul (8) TD Garden
2,298 (Limited Seating)
42–17
60 April 25 @ Brooklyn L 119–128 Devin Booker (36) Torrey Craig (14) Chris Paul (8) Barclays Center
1,773 (Limited Seating)
42–18
61 April 26 @ New York W 118–110 Devin Booker (33) Deandre Ayton (13) Chris Paul (6) Madison Square Garden
1,981 (Limited Seating)
43–18
62 April 28 L. A. Clippers W 109–101 Chris Paul (28) Deandre Ayton (11) Chris Paul (10) Phoenix Suns Arena
5,917 (Limited Seating)
44–18
63 April 30 Utah W 121–100 Devin Booker (31) Deandre Ayton (9) Chris Paul (9) Phoenix Suns Arena
6,065 (Limited Seating)
45–18
2020–21 season schedule

Playoffs

Game log

2021 playoff game log
Total: 14–8 (Home: 8–3; Road: 6–5)
First Round: 4–2 (Home: 2–1; Road: 2–1)
Game Date Team Score High points High rebounds High assists Location
Attendance
Series
1 May 23 LA Lakers W 99–90 Devin Booker (34) Deandre Ayton (16) Booker, Paul (8) Phoenix Suns Arena
11,824
1–0
2 May 25 LA Lakers L 102–109 Devin Booker (31) Deandre Ayton (10) Cameron Payne (7) Phoenix Suns Arena
11,919
1–1
3 May 27 @ LA Lakers L 95–109 Deandre Ayton (22) Deandre Ayton (11) Booker, Paul, Payne (6) Staples Center
7,825
1–2
4 May 30 @ LA Lakers W 100–92 Chris Paul (18) Deandre Ayton (17) Chris Paul (9) Staples Center
8,025
2–2
5 June 1 LA Lakers W 115–85 Devin Booker (30) Ayton, Booker, Craig (7) Chris Paul (6) Phoenix Suns Arena
16,163
3–2
6 June 3 @ LA Lakers W 113–100 Devin Booker (47) Devin Booker (11) Chris Paul (12) Staples Center
8,550
4–2
Conference Semifinals: 4–0 (Home: 2–0; Road: 2–0)
Game Date Team Score High points High rebounds High assists Location
Attendance
Series
1 June 7 Denver W 122–105 Mikal Bridges (23) Deandre Ayton (10) Chris Paul (11) Phoenix Suns Arena
16,219
1–0
2 June 9 Denver W 123–98 Devin Booker (18) Booker, Ayton (10) Chris Paul (15) Phoenix Suns Arena
16,529
2–0
3 June 11 @ Denver W 116–102 Devin Booker (28) Deandre Ayton (15) Chris Paul (8) Ball Arena
18,277
3–0
4 June 13 @ Denver W 125–118 Chris Paul (37) Devin Booker (11) Chris Paul (7) Ball Arena
18,290
4–0
Conference Finals: 4–2 (Home: 2–1; Road: 2–1)
Game Date Team Score High points High rebounds High assists Location
Attendance
Series
1 June 20 L. A. Clippers W 120–114 Devin Booker (40) Devin Booker (13) Devin Booker (11) Phoenix Suns Arena
16,583
1–0
2 June 22 L. A. Clippers W 104–103 Cameron Payne (29) Deandre Ayton (14) Cameron Payne (9) Phoenix Suns Arena
16,645
2–0
3 June 24 @ L. A. Clippers L 92–106 Deandre Ayton (18) Deandre Ayton (9) Chris Paul (12) Staples Center
17,222
2–1
4 June 26 @ L. A. Clippers W 84–80 Devin Booker (25) Deandre Ayton (22) Chris Paul (7) Staples Center
18,222
3–1
5 June 28 L. A. Clippers L 102–116 Devin Booker (31) Deandre Ayton (11) Chris Paul (8) Phoenix Suns Arena
16,664
3–2
6 June 30 @ L. A. Clippers W 130–103 Chris Paul (41) Deandre Ayton (17) Chris Paul (8) Staples Center
18,495
4–2
NBA Finals: 2–4 (Home: 2–1; Road: 0–3)
Game Date Team Score High points High rebounds High assists Location
Attendance
Series
1 July 6 Milwaukee W 118–105 Chris Paul (32) Deandre Ayton (19) Chris Paul (9) Phoenix Suns Arena
16,557
1–0
2 July 8 Milwaukee W 118–108 Devin Booker (31) Deandre Ayton (11) Chris Paul (8) Phoenix Suns Arena
16,583
2–0
3 July 11 @ Milwaukee L 100–120 Chris Paul (19) Deandre Ayton (9) Chris Paul (9) Fiserv Forum
16,637
2–1
4 July 14 @ Milwaukee L 103–109 Devin Booker (42) Deandre Ayton (17) Chris Paul (7) Fiserv Forum
16,911
2–2
5 July 17 Milwaukee L 119–123 Devin Booker (40) Deandre Ayton (10) Chris Paul (11) Footprint Center
16,562
2–3
6 July 20 @ Milwaukee L 98–105 Chris Paul (26) Jae Crowder (13) Booker, Paul (5) Fiserv Forum
17,397
2–4
2021 playoff schedule

Standings

Division

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
yPhoenix Suns 51 21 .708 1.0 27–9 24–12 7–5 72
xLos Angeles Clippers 47 25 .653 5.0 26–10 21–15 9–3 72
xLos Angeles Lakers 42 30 .583 10.0 21–15 21–15 4–8 72
Golden State Warriors 39 33 .542 13.0 25–11 14–22 5–7 72
Sacramento Kings 31 41 .431 21.0 16–20 15–21 5–7 72


Conference

Western Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 zUtah Jazz * 52 20 .722 72
2 yPhoenix Suns * 51 21 .708 1.0 72
3 xDenver Nuggets 47 25 .653 5.0 72
4 xLos Angeles Clippers 47 25 .653 5.0 72
5 yDallas Mavericks * 42 30 .583 10.0 72
6 xPortland Trail Blazers 42 30 .583 10.0 72
7 xLos Angeles Lakers 42 30 .583 10.0 72
8 xMemphis Grizzlies 38 34 .528 14.0 72
9 Golden State Warriors 39 33 .542 13.0 72
10 San Antonio Spurs 33 39 .458 19.0 72
11 New Orleans Pelicans 31 41 .431 21.0 72
12 Sacramento Kings 31 41 .431 21.0 72
13 Minnesota Timberwolves 23 49 .319 29.0 72
14 Oklahoma City Thunder 22 50 .306 30.0 72
15 Houston Rockets 17 55 .236 35.0 72

Notes

  • z – Clinched home court advantage for the entire playoffs
  • y – Clinched division title
  • x – Clinched playoff spot
  • * – Division leader

Awards

Week/Month

  • Devin Booker won his first ever Player of the Week award for his production from February 8–14, 2021 on February 15 with 32.8 points on 56.3% field goal shooting, 47.6% three-point shooting, and 80.8% free-throw shooting, as well as 5.3 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game in four home games played in that time, winning all four of their games in the process there.[25] He also became the first Suns player to win such an award since Goran Dragić on the week of January 27–February 2, 2014.
  • Chris Paul was later named as a nominee for Player of the Week in the Western Conference for his production from February 15–21, 2021, with that award being given to Damian Lillard that week.
  • Devin Booker won his second Player of the Week award in three weeks, this time getting only a 3–1 record for the week of February 22–28, 2021, but averaging 33.0 points (including a season-high 43 points on February 28) on 53.8% field goal shooting and 4.3 assists in 32.3 minutes of action per game that week. Booker not only was the first Suns player since Amar'e Stoudemire in the 2007–08 season (their last season they started a season with a 22–11 quality record) to earn the honor in multiple weeks of a season, but also was the first player to win the honor twice in a quick enough manner since Steve Nash in January 2007.[26]
    • A day after getting that Player of the Week Award, on March 2, Devin Booker won his first ever Player of the Month award for his work throughout the month of February, helping lead the Suns to a 12–3 record that month, their highest total wins ever in that month, and the most games they had won in a month since March 2010.[27] As the 14th Suns player to ever win that award, as well as the first since Amar'e Stoudemire back in that same March 2010 period, Booker led the entire Western Conference with 27.9 points on 52.3% field goal shooting, 39.3% three-point shooting, and 85.2% free-throw shooting, 4.5 assists, and 3.7 rebounds per game.
  • Monty Williams was also nominated for Coach of the Month for February, though that award went to Quin Snyder for the second time this season due to the Suns' extra loss that month.[28]
  • After only being nominated for the Coach of the Month for February, head coach Monty Williams won his second ever Coach of the Month award (first winning that honor over a decade ago in January 2011 with the New Orleans Hornets back when Chris Paul was there) and his first ever with the Suns for the month of March on April 1, edging out the honor over Michael Malone, who coached his Denver Nuggets squad to a similar 11–3 record that month.[29] While their records that month were similar, what separated them in the end was not only Williams' four-game winning streak ending March for the Suns, but also their better overall record, with Phoenix in the Top 10 for both offense and defense by that point for the first time since their 1997–98 season.[30] Not only was Williams named the first Suns head coach to be named Coach of the Month since former Suns player Jeff Hornacek won it in December 2013, but he also joined Alvin Gentry (twice), Mike D'Antoni (four different times), former Suns player Frank Johnson, Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor member and Hall of Famer (as a former player) Paul Westphal, and fellow Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor member Cotton Fitzsimmons (three different times) as the only other Suns coaches to win the honor since it was first introduced.

All-Star

Records

  • On February 19 & 20, 2021, the Suns became the first team to have consecutive games of at least 35 assists with over 20 three-point shots made their in road wins over the New Orleans Pelicans and Memphis Grizzlies from that time (38 assists over 22 3's from New Orleans, 35 assists over 24 3's from Memphis).
  • In the 2021 NBA All-Star Game on March 7, Chris Paul broke Magic Johnson's All-Star record for career assists in All-Star games, getting 16 assists that night for 128 total assists in the All-Star games Paul's played in.[31]
  • On March 21, Chris Paul became the third player in NBA history to reach 10,000 assists and 2,000 steals in their careers, joining only John Stockton and former Suns player Jason Kidd in the Suns' 111–94 win over the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers.[32]
  • On April 2, Dario Šarić became the third-fastest player to reach 2,000 rebounds and 500 three-pointers in his career at 336 games, only being slower than both Paul George at 326 games and Paul Pierce at 310 games in the Suns' 140–103 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.[33][34]
  • Ten days later, the Suns not only broke a franchise record for most three-pointers in a quarter with 12 in the second quarter, but they also tied an overall record for most three-pointers made in a half with 18 total against the Houston Rockets.[35]
  • After surpassing Maurice Cheeks to reach the Top 5 in all-time steals on April 13, Chris Paul surpassed Magic Johnson to reach the Top 5 in all-time assists less than a week later on April 19. As such, Paul joined John Stockton and former Suns player Jason Kidd as the only players to reach the Top 5 in both milestones throughout their entire NBA careers.

Team records

  • With 38 assists in his first four games with the Suns on December 23–29, 2020, Chris Paul broke Stephon Marbury's record for the most assists held in their first four games with the franchise.[36]
  • The 48 three-point attempts the Suns had on December 29, 2020 in their 111–86 win against the New Orleans Pelicans was the highest amount of three-point attempts in a game for the franchise's history.[37]
  • With only 3 turnovers given up by the Suns' players to the Indiana Pacers on January 9 (one from Chris Paul, one from Cameron Johnson, and one overall for the team by a shot clock violation in the third quarter), Phoenix tied a team record for fewest turnovers in a single game with their 125–117 win in Indiana.[38][39]
    • The Suns later tied that record once again on April 10 with 3 turnovers in their 134–106 win over the Washington Wizards at home.[40]
  • From January 18 to February 1, 2021, Deandre Ayton had a modern-day franchise record-high eight straight games with at least 13 rebounds grabbed in each game played.
  • Their 41–12 fourth quarter finish on February 19, 2021 to win 132–114 against the New Orleans Pelicans tied a franchise record for the biggest point differential for any quarter at the time, as well as became their best fourth quarter in franchise history.[41]
  • The 22 three-pointers the Suns had on February 19 against the Pelicans also tied a franchise record for most three-point shots made in a regular season game, which was first set on November 14, 2010 in a win against the Los Angeles Lakers.[42]
    • The Suns then broke that record a day later with 24 three-pointers made in a 128–97 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.[43] The Suns' games from February 19 & 20, 2021 against New Orleans and Memphis were also the first time in franchise history the Suns had back-to-back games with 20+ three-point shots made in a row.[44]
  • With a 65–34 lead at halftime on February 20 against the Memphis Grizzlies, this became their best lead by halftime on the road in franchise history.[45]
  • On March 21, Chris Paul became the oldest player in franchise history to get a triple-double at 35 years old with 13 assists, 11 points, and 10 rebounds in a 111–94 win against the (admittedly shorthanded) Los Angeles Lakers.[46] He is also 535 points away from being the first NBA player to put up 20,000 points and 10,000 assists in the NBA as of that date.[47]
  • The 43–13 first quarter the Suns had on April 2 against the Oklahoma City Thunder is now not only the highest lead total the Suns ever recorded in the first quarter of a game, but also the largest positive point differential for a quarter in franchise history; the game eventually ended with a 140–103 win over the Thunder.[48]
  • With 12 three-pointers made in the second quarter of their April 12 game against the Houston Rockets, they not only set a record for most three-pointers made in a quarter, but they also tied a record set earlier in the first half of the season by the Utah Jazz for most three-pointers made in a half with 18 total.
    • The Suns later broke the record for most three-pointers made in a game that night after twice setting it earlier this season with 25 total three-pointers in their final win over the Houston Rockets for this season (this time being at home).[49]

Milestones

  • Chris Paul reached 19,004 career points in the NBA with 13 points scored in a 109–103 win over one of Paul's old teams, the Houston Rockets, on January 20, 2021. He is now the 60th player in league history to reach the 19,000 points barrier for the NBA.[50] He also tied Dale Ellis' position for the All-Time Leading Scorers list that night.
    • The next game he played, he not only surpassed Ellis, but also tied Reggie Theus on the list with 11 points against the Denver Nuggets. The next night after that, he surpassed Theus on the list properly with 21 points against Denver, though both games ended in losses to the Nuggets in overtime thrillers.
  • On February 7, 2021, Chris Paul scored 15 points to overtake former Suns player and Hall of Famer Gail Goodrich as the 57th best scorer in league history in a 100–91 win over the Boston Celtics.
    • In the next game Paul was eligible to play in, on February 10, he scored 28 points to overtake former Suns player and current, longtime Suns broadcaster Eddie Johnson as the 56th best scorer in league history during a thrilling 125–124 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
  • On February 16, Chris Paul overtook Hall of Fame center Bob Lanier with an early basket and a foul three-point play at 10:01 in the first quarter to become the 55th best scorer in NBA history against the Brooklyn Nets. He eventually ended the night with 29 points in an unfortunate 128–124 loss there.
  • On February 20, Chris Paul overtook Hall of Fame legend Oscar Robertson on the NBA's career assist leaders list with 6 assists (3rd done in the second quarter) in their 128–97 win against the Memphis Grizzlies.[51] This came a day after he put up a season-high 19 assists in a 132–114 win with a surprise in the fourth quarter over the New Orleans Pelicans. Two days after surpassing Oscar Robertson, Chris Paul cracked the 9,900 assists barrier with 9 total in a 132–100 win at home against the Portland Trail Blazers.
  • On March 18, Chris Paul overtook one-time former Suns player Jamal Crawford, first by tying him with an early two-point basket with 9:14 in the first quarter and then by overtaking Crawford with in the second quarter with a long, mid-range jump shot with 11:04 in the second quarter to become the 54th best scorer in NBA history against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Paul eventually ended the night with 17 points in an upset loss that night.
  • Three days later, on March 21, Chris Paul not only became the sixth player to crack 10,000 assists in the NBA with an alley-oop slam dunk pass to Deandre Ayton with 7:09 left in the third quarter, but he also overtook Terry Cummings to become the 53rd best scorer in NBA history with two free-throws made over a minute later with 6:03 left there in their only regular season home game against the Los Angeles Lakers.[52] Paul later ended the night with a triple-double of 13 assists, 11 points, and 10 rebounds in a 111–94 win against the Lakers.[53]
  • In his next game on March 23, Chris Paul tied future Hall of Fame point guard Tony Parker with only 8 points scored (along with 9 assists) in a 110–100 win over the Miami Heat as the 52nd best scorer in NBA history.
    • The next night, Paul (briefly) became the sole possessor of that spot in their match against the Orlando Magic with a mid-range two-pointer at 9:51 early in the first quarter. Paul ended up with 23 points in a close 112–111 upset loss to the Magic.
  • Four days after that night in Orlando, Chris Paul overtook Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor legend Walter Davis by scoring 7 points before halftime to become the 51st best scorer in NBA history. Paul ended that day with 16 points, including some clutch free-throws scored late in overtime, for a 101–97 win against the Charlotte Hornets. That game also became their first overtime win of the season after going 0–3 earlier on in 2021.
  • On April 5, 2021, Chris Paul surpassed former Suns player Clifford Robinson to reach the Top 50 in the list of National Basketball Association career scoring leaders by first tying him with 12 points scored with 8:17 in the third quarter and then surpassing him with free-throws made with 9:55 left in the fourth quarter on the road against one of his former teams, the Houston Rockets. He also ended the night with a double-double of 19 points and 11 assists alongside 4 steals in a tense 133–130 win over the Rockets. That not only made Paul the seventh player to reach 2,300 career steals, but he also became the fifth player in NBA history to reach 500 games with 10+ assists held in a career, joining Hall of Fame guards John Stockton, Magic Johnson, and former Suns players Jason Kidd and Steve Nash.[54]
  • A week later, on April 12, Chris Paul ended up surpassing both Hall of Fame small forwards Bernard King and Scottie Pippen to not only be the 49th best scorer in the list of National Basketball Association career scoring leaders, but also to become the sixth best ball stealer in the list of National Basketball Association career steals leaders respectively. He did it by first scoring an early three-pointer with 9:27 left in the first quarter to quickly surpass King and then first tying Pippen in steals with 6:50 in the first quarter, followed by surpassing Pippen in all-time steals with a second steal at 9:53 left in the third quarter during the Suns' final match of the season against the Houston Rockets.[55] Paul later ended the night with a near double-double of nine points and ten assists alongside those two steals in their 126–120 home win against the Rockets.
  • A day after that, on April 13, Chris Paul surpassed Maurice Cheeks to reach the Top 5 on the list of National Basketball Association career steals leaders. After getting his first steal that night in the middle of the first quarter, he tied Cheeks in steals with a steal by 7:13 left in the fourth quarter, followed by surpassing Cheeks with a late steal coming at 3:22 left in the game. He ended the night with those three steals alongside nine assists and five points in a 106–86 win over the defending Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat at home.[56]
  • On April 17, Devin Booker became only the ninth player in NBA history to score over 9,000 points in the league before turning 25 years old by making two free-throws with 4:06 in the second quarter. He joined LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, Tracy McGrady, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Shaquille O'Neal, and Anthony Davis as the only other players to achieve this feat.[57] However, Booker only scored 15 points that night in a loss to the rivaling San Antonio Spurs. He also became the fifth-youngest player in NBA history to reach over 9,000 points in NBA history, behind LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, and the late, great Kobe Bryant.[58]
  • In their next game two days later, Chris Paul surpassed legendary Hall of Fame Los Angeles Lakers point guard Magic Johnson to reach the Top 5 in the list of National Basketball Association career assists leaders by reaching his 10th assist of the night with a breakaway pass for a Devin Booker slam dunk with 4:05 left in the fourth quarter in a tightly contested match against the Milwaukee Bucks. He ended the night with 22 points, 13 assists, and 7 rebounds in a close 128–127 overtime win over the Bucks on the road.[59]
  • In the game after that, on April 21, Chris Paul surpassed Hall of Fame Utah Jazz point guard legend John Stockton to become 48th in the list of National Basketball Association career scoring leaders, first tying and then surpassing Stockton early in the first quarter. Paul ended the game with a team-high 28 points and 8 assists in a close 116–113 win over the Philadelphia 76ers in the second game of their five-game road trip in April.

Team milestones

  • With their November 16, 2020 trade for Chris Paul, this marked their fourth trade for an All-Star player after a prior season concluded, coming behind Truck Robinson in 1979, Dennis Johnson in 1980, and Charles Barkley in 1992.[11] Paul was later named an All-Star for this season with the Suns, leading them to a 20–10 record at the time of the official All-Star roster announcements.
  • On December 27, 2020, Devin Booker overtook both former teammate Leandro Barbosa and then Shawn Marion with six three-point shot attempts to now be in the Top 3 for three-point shot attempts in franchise history during their revenge road win over the Sacramento Kings. He also became the 12th player in franchise history to reach 2,000 free-throw attempts with only four attempts (three made) that night.
  • The Phoenix Suns began with a 3–1 start to a season for the first time since 2014.[37]
  • With 25 points scored in a close 112–107 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on January 3, 2021, Devin Booker surpassed Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor member Tom Chambers to become the 11th best scorer in franchise history.[60] He also became the 12th Suns player in franchise history to reach 6,000 field goal attempts that night.
  • Their 7–3 start to this season is their best 10-game start to a season since the 2009–10 season.
  • Starting from January 18, 2021 and continuing until at least January 28, Deandre Ayton joined Charles Barkley and his former rookie season teammate Tyson Chandler as the only Suns players in the last 30 seasons to have at least 13 rebounds in six straight games.[61] With 17 rebounds against the Dallas Mavericks on both January 30 and February 1, he later became the only Suns player in the last 30 seasons to achieve such results in eight straight games for a season.
  • On January 20, Deandre Ayton became the first Suns player to get at least 25 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 blocks in a game since Shawn Marion on December 12, 2007 against the Utah Jazz.[62] Ayton recorded 26 points, 17 rebounds, 5 blocks, and 3 assists in a 109–103 win over the Houston Rockets that night.[63]
  • Also on January 20, Devin Booker overtook Larry Nance Sr. in shot attempts with 18 attempts to be 11th in attempted shots for the Suns that day.
  • Chris Paul's 14 assists in the first half on January 22 against the Denver Nuggets was the most assists a Suns player has had in a half since Steve Nash in 2007.[64] He'd only get one more assist that night before losing that game in overtime.
  • Also on January 22, Devin Booker became the 11th player in franchise history to score 8,000 points with the Suns in his career, scoring 31 that game to reach 8,003 overall points that night, only leaving overtime early due to a strained left hamstring.[65] He also overtook Steve Nash with 6/6 free-throws made that game to become the franchise's ninth-best free-throw scorer.
  • On February 1, 2021, Devin Booker became the fourth Suns player (behind Steve Nash, Dan Majerle, and one-time former teammate Leandro Barbosa) to score 700 three-pointers with them, scoring four of them that night, including a clutch three-pointer with 1.5 seconds left near the end of their road rematch against the Dallas Mavericks to win 109–108 that night.[66]
  • Two days after returning to action, Devin Booker surpassed Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor member Dan Majerle in points scored with the Suns as the new tenth best scorer in franchise history on February 3. He scored his 2-point basket to overtake Thunder Dan with 2:49 left in the second quarter, eventually ending with 25 points in a 111–86 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.
  • On February 8, Devin Booker became the third Suns player in franchise history (behind Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor members Dan Majerle and Steve Nash) to reach 2,000 three-point shot attempts with the franchise, having 9 attempts that night in a 119–113 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
  • Two days later, on February 10, Devin Booker overtook Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor member Tom Chambers in the Top 10 for field goal attempts with the Suns, putting up 21 attempts in a close 125–124 win over the Milwaukee Bucks that night. He also surpassed Shawn Marion to be 11th in free-throw attempts with 9 had (making the 7 necessary for the win) that night.
  • Excluding their 2020 NBA Bubble period, the Suns' 4-game winning streak (at home) on February 5–10, 2021 was their first 4-game winning streak since March 15–22, 2015.
    • With their 120–111 win on February 13 against the Philadelphia 76ers and a 109–90 win against a severely undermanned Orlando Magic a day later on Valentine's Day, excluding their run in the 2020 Bubble, this became their first 6-game winning streak since December 17–28, 2014. The Suns later matched that winning streak this season with wins from March 26-April 5, 2021.
  • On February 14, Devin Booker tied Hall of Famer and Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor member Connie Hawkins for the most free-throws made in franchise history with 6 free-throws made (out of 7 total) that night in their 109–90 win over the Orlando Magic. Booker also overtook Hall of Famer and Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor member Charles Barkley in the Top 10 for free-throw attempts held with the team, getting 7 attempts (and making only 6 of them) that night.
    • A day later, he later became the sole holder of the eighth-best free-throw scorer in franchise history mark for a good while with 4 free-throws made in an upset 128–124 loss to the Brooklyn Nets to end their 7-game homestand.
  • Chris Paul's 19 assists he had on February 19, 2021 in a 132–114 upset win against the New Orleans Pelicans was the highest amount of assists a Suns player had in a game since Goran Dragić's 18 from February 19, 2013 (and before that, since Steve Nash's 19 on December 15, 2010 (or 20 on March 22, 2011)).[67]
  • The 30+ point wins on February 20 against the Memphis Grizzlies and February 22 against the Portland Trail Blazers was the first time the Suns have had consecutive 30+ point wins in a season since April 15 & 17, 1989.[68] It also became the third time in the franchise's history that the Suns blew out consecutive opponents by 30 or more points in a season, with the first time being on December 4 & 5, 1971 against the Golden State Warriors.
  • Also on February 22, Devin Booker became the first Suns player to score over 30 points on 70% field goal shooting, 100% three-point shooting, and 100% free-throw shooting since Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor member Kevin Johnson did it on November 9, 1993 against the Los Angeles Clippers.[69]
  • Two days later, on February 24, Devin Booker overtook Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor member Tom Chambers as the 11th best field goal scorer in franchise history with 13 shots made in a close 124–121 loss at home against the Charlotte Hornets.
  • The Suns started out their first 30 games in a season with a 20–10 record for the first time since the 2007–08 season.[70]
    • Later entering the All-Star Weekend, they led the Pacific Division and were at least second in their conference by that time for the first time since the 2006–07 season.[71]
  • On March 2, 2021, Devin Booker surpassed former power forward Larry Nance, Sr. as the newest, ninth best scorer in franchise history with 17 points scored before being controversially ejected with 7:10 left in the third quarter under a 114–104 win over the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers.[72]
  • Devin Booker later reached his 100th 30+ point game of his career with a 35-point performance in a 127–121 win against the Portland Trail Blazers on March 11.[73]
  • On March 13, Devin Booker tied Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor member Dan Majerle in the Top 10 for most baskets made with the Suns, scoring nine that night to match 2,947 baskets made for Phoenix during their 122–111 loss to the Indiana Pacers.
    • Two days later, Booker became the sole holder of the 10th best field goal scorer in franchise history with 10 made in a 122–99 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
  • On March 24, Devin Booker became the 10th player in franchise history to reach 3,000 baskets made with the Suns, scoring 9 total in a 112–111 upset loss to the Orlando Magic.
  • Two days later, on March 26, Devin Booker surpassed Larry Nance Sr. as the ninth-best attempted free-throw shooter in franchise history by getting two crucial free-throws made with 2.2 seconds remaining in their 104–100 win over the Toronto Raptors at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay, Florida.
  • Their March 26 win against the Toronto Raptors in Tampa Bay also was the first time they reached 30 wins in a season without something like the 2020 NBA Bubble being involved since their 2014–15 season, with that also being their last season where they reached that mark with a winning record, with or without that NBA Bubble. That win also began a seven-game winning streak for the Suns this season, their first outside of the 2020 NBA Bubble since the 2009–10 season.
  • Two days after that, on March 28, Devin Booker surpassed former teammate Leandro Barbosa for the 3rd most three-point shots made in franchise history with four three-pointers made in a 101–97 overtime win over the Charlotte Hornets at the end of their four-game road trip that also started with the Miami Heat.[74] He also overtook Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor member Dan Majerle in the Top 10 for field goal attempts with the Suns with 26 that day, reaching 6,665 total shot attempts and counting afterward.
  • With their overtime win against Charlotte on March 28, the Suns also had a record where they were 17 games over .500 for the first time since March 19, 2010.[75] It was since later expanded to 22 games over .500 with close home wins over the Atlanta Hawks and Chicago Bulls to end the month of March and wild wins over the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, and Utah Jazz (in overtime) to start out April. Soon afterward, they went over the 24 games over .500 barrier that season's Suns team had with home wins over the Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat, and Sacramento Kings after losing on the road to the Los Angeles Clippers.
  • On April 5, Devin Booker surpassed Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor member Tom Chambers as the seventh-best free-throw shooter in franchise history with 8 key free-throws made (out of 9 total) in a tense 133–130 win against the Houston Rockets.
  • With a 117–113 overtime win at home over the top ranked Utah Jazz on April 7, excluding the 2020 NBA Bubble period, the Suns got their first 7-game winning streak since when they had a 10-game winning streak from March 14-April 2, 2010.
  • A day later, on April 8, Devin Booker surpassed Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor member Paul Westphal as the newest sixth-best free-throw shooter in franchise history with 12 free-throws (out of 14 total) made in a 113–103 road loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
  • With the Suns' 134–106 win over the Washington Wizards at home two days later, they officially had their first winning season since their 2013–14 season.[3] On that night, Devin Booker also overtook Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor member Dan Majerle to reach the Top 10 in assists for the franchise's history with 6 total assists that game, reaching 1,827 overall assists from that point in time.
  • With a 122–114 win over the Sacramento Kings at home on April 15, the Suns officially got their first winning season of 40+ games since their 2013–14 season. It also gave the Suns their first 10-game winning streak at home for the first time since their home games played during the period of October 30-December 19, 2009 over a decade ago after starting out with a payback win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 19 which also saw coach Monty Williams getting ejected that night in March. Furthermore with a 40–15 record, it also gave Phoenix their best start for a season after 55 games played since the 2006–07 season.[76]
  • In their next game, on April 17, Devin Booker became the ninth Suns player in franchise history to score over 9,000 points with the team, hitting that mark with two free-throws made with 4:06 in the second quarter that night against the San Antonio Spurs. However, he ended the night with only 15 points in a loss to the Spurs that time.
  • Two days later, on April 19, the Suns got their first season of 41+ wins (which signifies an average record, at worst, for a normal NBA season) since their 2013–14 season.[12] This time, the Suns got their 41st win in a tense 128–127 overtime win over the Milwaukee Bucks on the road, which also saw Devin Booker make only half of his free-throws near the end of the game to win by one on purpose this time around as opposed to winning that way unintentionally against the Bucks earlier in this season at home.
  • Two days after that, on April 21, the Suns guaranteed themselves their first season of 42 or more wins in a season (indicating an above-average record in a regular 82-game NBA season) since the 2013–14 season. Like their previous game, their 116–113 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on the road also ended with the Suns making only half of their free-throws with less than a second left in the game, though this time it was Chris Paul shooting and it ended with a near buzzer-beating heave by Joel Embiid from close to full-court range. Also on that day, Devin Booker overtook Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor member Dan Majerle in three-point shot attempts in franchise history with three failed three-point attempts that game, now being behind only Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor Hall of Fame point guard Steve Nash there with his 2,417 three-point shot attempts.
  • In their next game only a day later, Devin Booker tied Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor member Connie Hawkins for free-throw attempts with only 4 total free-throw attempts in their 99–86 road loss to the Boston Celtics.
    • Three days later, Devin Booker not only surpassed Connie Hawkins with a defensive three-second lane violation technical free-throw late in the first quarter, but also surpassed fellow Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor member Tom Chambers with two free-throws late in the first quarter to become 7th in free-throw attempts with the franchise by getting 9 total attempts in their rematch against the Brooklyn Nets. He also became the sixth player in franchise history to reach 2,000 free-throws made with them, scoring 8 out of 9 total in a 128–119 loss to the Nets.
  • On April 26, in Phoenix's last game of their five-game road trip for April, Devin Booker officially surpassed Jay Humphries to be ninth in assists throughout the franchise's history with 3 total assists against the New York Knicks. Booker first tied Humphries with an assist to Mikal Bridges at 4:40 in the third quarter to catch up against New York and then overtook him with an assist to Jevon Carter for 3 with 9:40 in the fourth quarter to begin a 10-2 scoring run to help the Suns get a 118–110 win over the Knicks to end that road trip with a winning record.
  • On April 28, 2021, the Suns officially broke their decade-long playoff drought, ending it by officially entering the 2021 NBA Playoffs with a 109–101 win at home over the Los Angeles Clippers.[4] Also on that night, Devin Booker became the ninth player in franchise history to have over 7,000 field goal attempts with the team, having 19 attempts (with 9 shots made) for 21 points that night.[77]

Transactions

Trades

November 16, 2020[11][78] To Phoenix Suns
United States Chris Paul
Egypt/United States Abdel Nader
To Oklahoma City Thunder
Spain Ricky Rubio
United States Kelly Oubre Jr.
United States Jalen Lecque
United States Ty Jerome
2022 Top-12 protected first-round pick[I]
March 18, 2021[79] To Phoenix Suns

United States Torrey Craig

To Milwaukee Bucks

Cash Considerations

^ I: While the Oklahoma City Thunder will acquire the Suns' pick if it's outside the top-12, their first-round pick can be delayed for the Thunder until either 2023 if it's outside the top-10, 2024 if it's outside the top-8, or 2025 if all prior protections are met.

Free agents

Re-Signed
Player Signed Date Prior team
Jevon Carter[80] Signed 3-year deal worth $11.5 Million November 23, 2020 Phoenix Suns
Dario Šarić[81] Signed 3-year deal worth $27 Million November 28, 2020 Phoenix Suns
Frank Kaminsky III Re-signed 1-year deal worth $1,737,145 December 22, 2020 Sacramento Kings
Additions
Player Signed Former team(s)
Ty-Shon Alexander[82] Signed 2-year two-way contract worth $449,155 Creighton Bluejays
Jae Crowder[83] Signed 3-year deal worth $30 Million Miami Heat
Damian Jones[84] Signed 2-year partially guaranteed deal worth $3,714,156 Atlanta Hawks
E'Twaun Moore[84] Signed 1-year deal worth $2,331,593 New Orleans Pelicans
Langston Galloway[84] Signed 1-year deal worth $2,174,318 Detroit Pistons
Subtractions
Player Reason left New team(s)
Tariq Owens Two-way contract expired Long Island Nets
Frank Kaminsky III Waived / Unrestricted free agent Sacramento Kings / Phoenix Suns
Cheick Diallo Waived / Unrestricted free agent Russia Avtodor Saratov
Aron Baynes Unrestricted free agent Canada Toronto Raptors
Élie Okobo Waived / Unrestricted free agent Brooklyn Nets / Long Island Nets
Damian Jones Waived Los Angeles Lakers / Sacramento Kings

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  5. ^ Catching up with Phoenix Suns arena renovations
  6. ^ Phoenix Suns Completely Remodel Downtown Arena, Create Arizona's Largest Sports Bar
  7. ^ Home - PHX Arena
  8. ^ Home - Phoenix Suns Arena
  9. ^ Suns brand new training facility looks ready to go!
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  11. ^ a b c SUNS COMPLETE TRADE FOR CHRIS PAUL, ABDEL NADER
  12. ^ a b Phoenix Suns [@Suns] (April 19, 2021). "Stay tuned... #RallyTheValley t.co/OL7nWVbSrM" (Tweet). Retrieved April 20, 2021 – via Twitter.
  13. ^ "SUNS ADD BRIAN RANDLE TO COACHING STAFF". September 8, 2020. Retrieved September 9, 2020.
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  15. ^ Grizzlies hire Suns assistant Darko Rajakovic as an assistant coach
  16. ^ "SUNS ADD KEVIN YOUNG TO COACHING STAFF". October 9, 2020. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
  17. ^ Suns confirm staff layoffs on heels of selling Northern Arizona G League team
  18. ^ Phoenix Suns co-owner Richard Heckmann, successful businessman, philanthropist, dies at 76
  19. ^ Richard "Dick" Heckmann, co-owner of the Phoenix Suns and Mercury, has passed away
  20. ^ Phoenix Suns having employees take 20% pay cuts, furloughs amid pandemic's impact, officials confirm
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  25. ^ DEVIN BOOKER NAMED WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
  26. ^ DEVIN BOOKER NAMED WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK | Phoenix Suns
  27. ^ DEVIN BOOKER NAMED WESTER CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE MONTH
  28. ^ Quin Snyder, Steve Nash named NBA Coaches of the Month
  29. ^ Suns coach Monty Williams wins Coach of the Month in Western Conference
  30. ^ MONTY WILLIAMS NAMED WESTERN CONFERENCE COACH OF THE MONTH FOR MARCH
  31. ^ Chris Paul passes Magic Johnson for career All-Star Game assists record
  32. ^ ESPN [@ESPNStatsInfo] (March 21, 2021). "Chris Paul recorded his 10,000th career assist with 7:09 left in the 3rd quarter. Paul is the 3rd player with 10,000 assists and 2,000 steals, along with John Stockton and Jason Kidd. t.co/3pu4OL7EwN" (Tweet). Retrieved March 22, 2021 – via Twitter.
  33. ^ Phoenix Suns [@Suns] (April 2, 2021). "🔥Dario's 500th career three-pointer! He's the 3rd-fastest player to total both 2,000 rebounds and 500 three-pointers behind only Paul Pierce and Paul George. t.co/WNtSlXP4O0" (Tweet). Retrieved April 3, 2021 – via Twitter.
  34. ^ Vigil, Mike [@protectedpick] (April 2, 2021). "Croatian Dirk t.co/jEA9AIE3NL" (Tweet). Retrieved April 6, 2021 – via Twitter.
  35. ^ Suns set NBA record for most made 3s in a quarter in win over Rockets
  36. ^ Phoenix Suns [@Suns] (December 29, 2020). "@CP3 has the most assists ever by a Suns player through his first 4 games with the team. (prev. Stephon Marbury with 36 in 2001) t.co/Pkh4jVITcd" (Tweet). Retrieved December 30, 2020 – via Twitter.
  37. ^ a b Final Score: Phoenix Suns blast New Orleans Pelicans, 111-86
  38. ^ FINAL SCORE: Suns down Pacers 125-117 behind Career High 34 from Bridges
  39. ^ Phoenix Suns [@Suns] (January 9, 2021). "3 turnovers ties a Phoenix Suns record for fewest in a game! 📈" (Tweet). Retrieved January 9, 2021 – via Twitter.
  40. ^ Bally Sports Arizona [@BallySportSAZ] (April 10, 2021). "Suns win big!! t.co/uHARHuPifL" (Tweet). Retrieved April 11, 2021 – via Twitter.
  41. ^ Phoenix Suns [@Suns] (February 19, 2021). "The Suns +29 4Q tied the best margin in a quarter in franchise history 🤯 It's the best in any 4Q. #WeAreTheValley t.co/XUAT1dNiJt" (Tweet). Retrieved February 20, 2021 – via Twitter.
  42. ^ Phoenix Suns [@Suns] (February 19, 2021). "The Suns have tied the franchise record for threes in a game with 22! t.co/yQ6ctMFLBA" (Tweet). Retrieved February 20, 2021 – via Twitter.
  43. ^ Bailey, Clay (February 20, 2021). "Paul Hits Assist Milestone, Suns Cruise In Memphis (Paul moves past Big O on NBA career assists, Suns Roll)". NBA.com. Retrieved February 21, 2021.
  44. ^ Phoenix Suns set franchise record for threes, but focus all on defense
  45. ^ Recap: Suns set records in Grizzlies smackdown, 128-97
  46. ^ StatMuse [@StatMuse] (March 21, 2021). "Chris Paul first triple-double of the season. 11 PTS 10 REB 13 AST At age 35, he becomes the oldest Suns player to record a triple-double in franchise history. t.co/9BubNRm70E" (Tweet). Retrieved March 22, 2021 – via Twitter.
  47. ^ StatMuse [@StatMuse] (March 21, 2021). "Chris Paul is the 6th player in NBA history with 10,000 career assists. — John Stockton — Jason Kidd — Steve Nash — Mark Jackson — Magic Johnson — Chris Paul He is ~500 points away from becoming the first player ever with 20K points and 10K assists. t.co/J9MgQA0v85" (Tweet). Retrieved March 22, 2021 – via Twitter.
  48. ^ Phoenix Suns [@Suns] (April 2, 2021). "The +30 margin in Q1 is the largest in any quarter in @Suns history! #RallyTheValley t.co/tylfYZcxAS" (Tweet). Retrieved April 3, 2021 – via Twitter.
  49. ^ Recap: Suns set world on fire from deep, down Rockets 126-120
  50. ^ Ayton's Big Game Helps Suns Hold Off Rockets (Ayton has season-high 26 points, Suns beat Rockets 109-103)
  51. ^ Chris Paul surpasses Oscar Robertson for 6th in career assists
  52. ^ Bleacher Report [@BleacherReport] (March 21, 2021). "CP3 becomes the sixth player to reach 10,000 assists. 🙌 t.co/mQ7tBS45Qq" (Tweet). Retrieved March 22, 2021 – via Twitter.
  53. ^ NBA [@NBA] (March 21, 2021). "10,000 career assists. Triple-double in the @Suns win. @CP3. t.co/E5cCWxsLWy" (Tweet). Retrieved March 22, 2021 – via Twitter.
  54. ^ Phoenix Suns [@Suns] (April 5, 2021). "With this assist, @CP3 became the 5th player in @NBA history with 500 career games of 10+ assists. 📈 He joins John Stockton, Magic Johnson, Jason Kidd, and Steve Nash. t.co/tLr8pDDwyS" (Tweet). Retrieved April 6, 2021 – via Twitter.
  55. ^ NBA [@NBA] (April 12, 2021). "Congrats to @CP3 of the @Suns for moving up to 6th on the all-time STEALS list! t.co/0VvPLiqeDG" (Tweet). Retrieved April 14, 2021 – via Twitter.
  56. ^ Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul moves to 5th in career steals
  57. ^ ESPN [@ESPNStatsInfo] (April 17, 2021). "Entering tonight, Devin Booker needs just 8 points to become the 9th player to reach 9,000 career points before turning 25. He would join LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, Tracy McGrady, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Shaquille O'Neal and Anthony Davis" (Tweet). Retrieved April 18, 2021 – via Twitter.
  58. ^ Hoop Central [@TheHoopCentral] (April 19, 2021). "Youngest players in NBA History to reach 9,000 career points: - LeBron James - Kevin Durant - Carmelo Anthony - Kobe Bryant - Devin Booker (via @NBATV) t.co/cOp6JthIag" (Tweet). Retrieved April 23, 2021 – via Twitter.
  59. ^ Chris Paul passes Magic Johnson for 5th place on NBA's all-time assist list
  60. ^ All-Time Suns' Scorers: Devin Booker now 11th
  61. ^ Phoenix Suns [@Suns] (January 30, 2021). "@DeandreAyton has registered at least 13 rebounds in each of his last six games, a streak matched by only two other Suns players in the last 30 years. Charles Barkley and Tyson Chandler. #NBAAllStar t.co/ParJEsd78L" (Tweet). Retrieved January 31, 2021 – via Twitter.
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  63. ^ Phoenix Suns [@Suns] (January 20, 2021). "@DeandreAyton joins @matrix31 as the only Suns players with 25 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocks in a game over the last 30 seasons! (h/t @ESPNStatsInfo) t.co/N06LohZY8d" (Tweet). Retrieved January 21, 2021 – via Twitter.
  64. ^ NBA [@NBA] (January 22, 2021). "Chris Paul's 1⃣4⃣ first-half assists are the most in a half by a @Suns player since Steve Nash in 2007! 3Q underway on ESPN... how many dimes will CP3 end up with? t.co/m0W05m9rd6" (Tweet). Retrieved January 23, 2021 – via Twitter.
  65. ^ Center of the Sun: Suns struggle in Week 5, Booker out indefinitely
  66. ^ Phoenix Suns [@Suns] (February 1, 2021). "The 700th career three for @DevinBook! 📈 He is the 4th player in Suns history to make 700 for the franchise. (Nash, Majerle, Barbosa) #NBAAllStar t.co/r7LAYPvNDg" (Tweet). Retrieved February 2, 2021 – via Twitter.
  67. ^ Phoenix Suns [@Suns] (February 19, 2021). "Chris Paul had a season-high NINETEEN assists tonight 🥵 It's the most assists by a Sun in a game since 2013! t.co/57ZvFFKFiG" (Tweet). Retrieved February 20, 2021 – via Twitter.
  68. ^ ESPN [@ESPNStatsInfo] (February 22, 2021). "Phoenix defeated Portland tonight 132-100 to hand the Trail Blazers their largest loss in the last two seasons. It was also the 2nd consecutive 30-point win for the Suns. It's the first time that has happened since April 1989 (beat Grizzlies on Saturday by 31). t.co/dWUzbjOFK0" (Tweet). Retrieved February 23, 2021 – via Twitter.
  69. ^ StatMuse [@StatMuse] (February 22, 2021). "Devin Booker tonight: 34 PTS 12-17 FG 2-2 3P 8-8 FT in 29 MINS He's the first Suns player with >30 points on 70/100/100% shooting since Kevin Johnson in 1993. t.co/Um4YiaQWwv" (Tweet). Retrieved February 25, 2021 – via Twitter.
  70. ^ Cooper, Sam [@scooperhoops] (February 22, 2021). "The Phoenix Suns have not started a season 20-10 or better since 2007-08" (Tweet). Retrieved February 23, 2021 – via Twitter.
  71. ^ Phoenix Suns [@Suns] (March 4, 2021). "Before you call it a night, one last thing Suns fans... We're entering the break with the NBA's 2nd best record at 24-11 (.686) behind only Utah. First time we have entered the All-Star break with one of the league's top two records since 2006-07. GOOOOOODNIGHT" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  72. ^ Phoenix Suns [@Suns] (March 3, 2021). "Didn't need a full game to move himself into 9th on the Suns all-time scoring list. Congrats, @DevinBook! t.co/sEc673Jxtj" (Tweet). Retrieved March 4, 2021 – via Twitter.
  73. ^ Phoenix Suns [@Suns] (March 11, 2021). "A great way to start the second half. 100th career 30-point game! Congrats, @DevinBook! #BeLegendary t.co/V1Mt1qpHVK" (Tweet). Retrieved March 12, 2021 – via Twitter.
  74. ^ Phoenix Suns [@Suns] (March 28, 2021). "Another milestone! @DevinBook passes @TheBlurBarbosa to move into 3rd for most 3-pointers in Suns history! #BeLegendary t.co/tf8WKuGl1b" (Tweet). Retrieved March 29, 2021 – via Twitter.
  75. ^ Phoenix Suns reach another surprising milestone with their 31-14 record
  76. ^ Quick Recap: Suns down Kings, 122-114, for 40th win
  77. ^ Phoenix Suns Career Leaders | Basketball-Reference.com
  78. ^ "Phoenix Suns complete trade to acquire Chris Paul from Oklahoma City Thunder". ESPN. November 16, 2020.
  79. ^ SUNS ACQUIRE TORREY CRAIG FROM MILWAUKEE
  80. ^ SUNS RE-SIGN JEVON CARTER
  81. ^ SUNS RE-SIGN DARIO ŠARIĆ
  82. ^ SUNS SIGN JALEN SMITH & TY-SHON ALEXANDER
  83. ^ SUNS SIGN JAE CROWDER
  84. ^ a b c SUNS SIGN MOORE, GALLOWAY, & JONES

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