The Phoenix Suns have lost 12 straight games.
They now sit at 22-56, the second-worst mark in the NBA.
Are they the worst team in the NBA?
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Check out what NBA writers are saying about the team and where they have it ranked as the season winds down.
Phoenix has just four games remaining.
Will they be able to match or surpass last season’s win total (team went 23-59 in 2015-16)?
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AJ Neuharth-Keusch writes: “Rookie point guard Tyler Ulis had a career-high 34 points to go along with nine rebounds and nine assists in Sunday’s loss to the Rockets. It was Phoenix’s 12th straight loss, giving them the worst record in the Western Conference.”
ESPN.com: Suns down one to No. 30
Marc Stein writes: “All eyes will be on the Valley of the Sun on Friday night, when Russell Westbrook — unless he goes on an assist flurry in his first two games this week — appears most likely to clinch his triple-double average for the season. Doing it on the road wouldn’t be as memorable as doing it at home, obviously, but Phoenix would be a rather fitting venue given that Angry Russ has averaged 41.7 PPG, 13.7 APG and 13.7 RPG in the teams’ first three meetings this season. No other player in NBA history, according to Elias, has averaged 40, 10 and 10 against one team over the course of a single season (with a minimum three games). The Suns had a warm-up opportunity in the national spotlight Sunday night but, despite a career-high 34 points from Tyler Ulis, couldn’t quite nudge past the Rockets in the first game all season that James Harden had to miss (due to illness).”
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SI.com: Suns down one to No. 30
Jeremy Woo writes: “Twelve straight losses and counting. It’s been a long, cold lonely winter.”
Matt Moore writes: “The draft could legitimately change the whole dynamic of this team. Landing top two would enable them to trade Eric Bledsoe for multiple assets while adding a top-flight point guard talent. But talent hasn’t been the problem in Phoenix, which makes you wonder what is.”
nba.com: Suns down one to No. 30
John Schuhmann writes: “Marquese Chriss was mostly an athlete early in the season, but has shown a more complete offensive game since the All-Star break. He’s made at least one 3-pointer in 17 of the Suns’ 21 games since the break and ranks as one of the league’s most improved shooters, with a post-break effective field goal percentage of 57.4 percent, third best among rookies with at least 100 FGA (and up from 47.2 percent before the break). Even with Chriss shooting better and Devin Booker scoring 70 points, the Suns rank 28th offensively over a 12-game losing streak that has put them even with the Lakers (in the win column) for the second best lottery odds.”
Kurt Helin writes: “Losers of a dozen in a row and things do not look better with Golden State and Oklahoma City on tap for their next two. Still, with Devin Booker, Alex Len, and the emerging Marquese Chriss there is reason for hope going forward — as Long as the Suns don’t just go for the quick fix to get back in the playoffs next season. If they can land a top two pick and draft the point guard of the future, then trade Eric Bledsoe for players who fit the younger timeline, they could start to build something. They just need a little luck and some patience.”
Jonas Nader writes: “The Suns have the second worst record in the NBA which gives them a 19.9 percent chance for the No. 1 pick and a 55.8 percent chance of landing a top-3 pick. Tyler Ulis’ emergence may push Eric Bledsoe out the door this summer, and the rookie had his best game of the season on Sunday vs. the Rockets when he scored a career-high 34 points with nine rebounds and nine assists.”
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