Phoenix Suns fans expecting another dominant 50+ win season

Phoenix Suns, Deandre Ayton. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Phoenix Suns, Deandre Ayton. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

Very few harbor the belief that the Phoenix Suns will repeat their stunning dominance of last season, but this is still a franchise that holds lofty expectation among fans.

Last week we ran a poll on Twitter asking how many wins you expect Phoenix to finish with at the conclusion of the 2022-23 regular season. The results suggests the Suns will need to win at least 50 games to meet expectation.

Following a 64-18 record last season, fans of the Phoenix Suns remain confident the franchise will again boast one of the league’s best records in 2022-23.

39% of voters believe Phoenix will win between 51 and 55 games next season, around ten games below their 2021-22 campaign where they were eight games clear of the second-best record Memphis Grizzlies.

Another 38% of voters expect the Suns to win between 56 and 60 games, demonstrating that fans are confident of a bounce back from the team’s disappointing playoff exit in mid-May.

Phoenix Suns, Mikal Bridges
Phoenix Suns, Mikal Bridges. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /

Could the Suns catch fire again and produce another all-conquering performance? 18% of voters think the team can conjure another 60+ wins in 2022-23. Last season’s record included a franchise record 18-game winning streak, which you’d think would need to be matched should the Suns wish to win 64 games again.

What about the chances of Phoenix taking a major dive, falling to a 40-50 win team and just battling for a playoff spot? That’s certainly not a thought for fans, with just 5% of voters believing the Suns will win less than 50 games.

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What does fan expectation mean for the franchise itself? Well, if the Suns do meet or go above them, then support and confidence will remain, creating a vibrant atmosphere inside Footprint Center and in the wider community. If not, then the front office may feel pressure to make a change of some kind, likely through a trade or some version of roster adjustment.