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Suns Ranked No. 4 in NBA Power Rankings ahead of Season Opener

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The Phoenix Suns ranked fourth in the NBA.com Week 1 Power Rankings with their season opener just one day away.

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Phoenix was ranked behind the Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics.

Here was their reasoning behind ranking Phoenix fourth.

“The Superteam Era is not over. Bradley Beal, Devin Booker and Kevin Durant have come together to score lots of points and (maybe) win lots of games.

Preseason takeaways

  • The Suns outscored their opponents by 44.0 points per 100 possessions with Booker on the floor. That was the best mark among 328 players who averaged at least 15 minutes in two games or more. They scored 170 points on 116 offensive possessions (146.6 per 100) in Booker’s 53 total minutes.
  • Durant scored 37.1 points per 36 minutes, most (by a healthy margin) among 339 players who played at least 50 total minutes. Booker’s 33.0 points per 36 ranked third.
  • The Lakers ranked 16th, 26th and 21st in total zone possessions in Frank Vogel’s three seasons as their coach. But the Suns were one of five teams that played at least 10 possessions of zone in the preseason, according to Synergy tracking.

Beal played in just two of the Suns’ five games, so the star trio shared the floor for just 17 total minutes. The real show starts Tuesday in San Francisco.

Something to watch in Week 1: Small ball? The Suns targeted Jusuf Nurkic in the trade market and Drew Eubanks is a capable backup center. But this team may be at its best playing small, with Durant at the five. The Suns can’t go that way for too long, but they could try it for a few minutes per half.

Only five of the Suns’ first 14 games are against teams that had winning records last season, but they have two great matchups to get things started.

Week 1: @ GSW, @ LAL, vs. UTA”

Week 1 Team to Watch

NBA.com also listed Phoenix as its Week 1 Team to Watch. This was their reasoning:

“Phoenix — The Suns’ star trio will be tested right away, as they begin their season with road games (both on TNT) against the Warriors (Tuesday) and Lakers (Thursday). Their home opener is Saturday against the Jazz.”

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Brendan Mau is a senior writer covering the Phoenix Suns and more for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on X via @Brendan_Mau

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