The Phoenix Suns recent success can be traced back to a small, but rather significant event in the franchise’s recent history.
During the 2019-20 season, the Suns were destined for another uninspiring, disappointing year that appeared headed for their tenth straight playoff absence. There was some improvement from the team’s young core, with Phoenix obtaining a 26-39 record despite Deandre Ayton having been suspended for the first 25 games of the season.
Still, the Suns were fortunate to even be invited to the NBA Bubble in Orlando when the league re-started following the COVID hit. Phoenix were six games out of the playoff picture, with the NBA scheduling just eight remaining ‘seeding games’ prior to the playoffs.
The NBA Bubble in Orlando will remain a cherished moment in the hearts of Phoenix Suns fans. Where have the careers of those squad members led since that inspiring display?
Upon resumption, the team banded together in a way few had seen from a Phoenix team in recent years. They began with a double-digit win against the Washington Wizards, before producing hard-fought wins against the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Clippers, the latter of which came through a Devin Booker buzzer-beater.
The team continued their winning streak with comfortable wins over the Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder and Philadelphia 76ers. All of a sudden, with one game remaining, the Suns had a live shot of making the playoffs in the most remarkable and unlikeliest of fashions.
Unfortunately it wasn’t to be. Other results didn’t go the Suns’ way despite them doing what they had with a blowout 128-102 win against the Mavericks. Despite missing out, the brief two week period reignited the franchise, providing loyal fans with passion, pride and faith in the team’s direction.
Phoenix have gone on to be the best regular season team in the past two seasons, however they’ve done so with a rather different roster. Just five players from the Orlando Bubble remain with the franchise today – Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton, Mikal Bridges, Cameron Johnson and Dario Saric.
So, where is everyone else? Here’s an update on the career developments of each member no longer with the Suns.