Suns 2016-17 Schedule: Top Games, Championship Odds and Record Predictions

August 11th, 2016 by Joseph Zucker Leave a reply »

This time last year, the Phoenix Suns had eyes on the NBA playoffs. Now, the question is whether the Suns will finish with the worst record in the Western Conference.

The NBA released Phoenix's schedule for the 2016-17 season Thursday.

Phoenix's 2015-16 campaign was a case of Murphy's Law in action.

Head coach Jeff Hornacek was fired in February. Through his behavior on and off the court, Markieff Morris gave the Suns little recourse but to trade him in the same month. The early returns on the Tyson Chandler signing haven't been good. Capping things off, the backcourt duo of Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight combined to play 83 games.

Whereas, the Suns looked to be a team on the rise this time last year, Phoenix is now in rebuilding mode. In that sense, finishing with a dreadful record won't be the worst thing in the world. If the Suns are gonna be bad, they might as well be bad enough to get another top-five pick.

While the team isn't going anywhere in the short term, Dragan Bender's development and head coach Earl Watson's handling of the roster in his first full season will ...

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