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The Valley of All-Stars

The Phoenix Suns’ acquisition of Bradley Beal from the Washington Wizards could be the missing link to the championship team that they were looking for. With his addition, the Suns’ might have their first season with three All-Stars representing the franchise since 2005 (Nash, Stoudemire and Marion).

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With a team composed of Devin Booker and Chris Paul, Phoenix had high hopes that the landing of Kevin Durant at the 2023 mid-season trade deadline would provide them with their missing link.

Durant’s start with the Suns’ was anything but smooth as he battled injuries for the majority of the second half of the season, only appearing in eight regular season games with the team. The Suns’ notably won all eight games that Durant played in. 

Ultimately losing in the second round of the Western Conference playoffs to the Denver Nuggets, the Suns’ fell short of expectations once again and needed to make a change.

That change came in the form of trading away 17-year vet Paul and acquiring Beal in the offseason. Beal has spent all ten years of his career with the Wizards and has three All-Star’s under his belt along with an All-Rookie and All-NBA accolade.

With three stars who average over 20 points, four assists and four rebounds per-game and add on the fact that all three make over 35% of their 3-point shots, their ability to spread the floor and force the defense to make tough decisions is a true threat going into the season.

Adding Beal’s experience on top of 13-time All-Star Durant and three-time All-Star Booker, the team could be well on their way to having intense representation for The Valley at the 2024 All-Star game in Indianapolis. It could also provide the extra boost that they are looking for to make it back to the NBA Finals for the first time since their finals loss against the Bucks in 2021. 

Bradley Beal’s Potential Impact

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Taylyn Hadley is a sports and general assignment reporter for Burn City Sports. You can follow her on X via @TAYLYNH11.

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