Phoenix Suns’ Road to Glory: What stats say about 2023-24 Dream Team

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - APRIL 25: Kevin Durant #35 of the Phoenix Suns gestures prior to game five of the Western Conference First Round Playoffs against the LA Clippers at Footprint Center on April 25, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, ARIZONA - APRIL 25: Kevin Durant #35 of the Phoenix Suns gestures prior to game five of the Western Conference First Round Playoffs against the LA Clippers at Footprint Center on April 25, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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OKINAWA, JAPAN – SEPTEMBER 02: Yuta Watanabe of Japan celebrates. (Photo by Takashi Aoyama/Getty Images)
OKINAWA, JAPAN – SEPTEMBER 02: Yuta Watanabe of Japan celebrates. (Photo by Takashi Aoyama/Getty Images) /

Beyond the Arc: The 3-Point Puzzle

Let’s talk threes. Durant, Beal, and Booker are wizards inside the arc, but when it comes to threes, there’s room for improvement. In today’s NBA, you can’t ignore the power of the three-ball.

It stretches the floor, opens up driving lanes, and let’s not forget, it’s worth one more point! We’ve got the missing link Eric Gordon and Yuta Watanabe off the bench who can shoot the lights out, but our “Big 3” need to step up their game beyond the arc.

The Unsung Heroes: Bench Power

Speaking of the bench, how deep are we? Gordon and Watanabe bring veteran savvy and shooting, but what about the rest? Can our second and third units hold the fort while our stars catch their breath?

Bench scoring and efficiency are often the X-factors in a gruelling playoff series. We need our bench mob to be ready to contribute when called upon.