Ricky Rubio puts Phoenix Suns PG theory to the test

Ricky Rubio Phoenix Suns (Photo by Matteo Marchi/Getty Images)
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Steve Nash Phoenix Suns (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Let’s go crazy

But is it possible  that Ricky Rubio can lead a Steve Nash-like turnaround in record, and help the team jump into the 40’s in wins improving upon last season’s record by 150%, or 47.5 wins (I’ll round up to 48 though, because again, I am a homer)?

From 19 wins to 48 in one year, the franchise would secure one of the greatest single-season turnarounds in league history; the second best in franchise-history with 29 more wins than 2018-19.

The crazy thing about that kind of a turnaround is that not only did the Suns not make the playoffs the last time they won 48 games (as discussed before), but had the Suns won 48 games last season and lost  the tie-breakers to both San Antonio and the Clippers who each won 48, Phoenix would have missed the playoffs again with the very same record – meaning it could happen again this season as well.

Of course, the best turnaround in franchise history is the 33-win improvement following the aforementioned signing of Steve Nash, while the current second-best came after the trading for KJ and signing of Chambers.

(The greatest turnaround in league-history was the 2008-09 Boston Celtics after they acquired Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, jumping from 24-58 to 66-16, an astounding swing of 42 wins. Now, had the Suns traded for Kevin Love as I recommended…)

Let us finally wrap up with a tripling  of the team’s wins from last season.

If Ricky Rubio can help lead the Suns to a 57-25 record, not only is someone on this roster winning MVP (possibly Rubio himself), Jones is winning Executive of the Year and Monty Williams, Coach of the Year, but the franchise would have completed a 38-win turnaround, the best in franchise-history by a mile, and second best ever in NBA history (behind those “Big-Three” Celtics).

For you well-read Suns fans, the franchise has won 57 games once (and right around 57 several more), the first time back in 1980-81 when they were knocked out of the Semis (after a first round bye) by Kansas City – had Phoenix won that series, they very likely win the Championship.

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However, last season they would have been tied with the Golden State Warriors for first in the Western Conference and the third best record in the NBA.

I know I speak with most Phoenix Suns fans and say, “yeah, I’d take that.”