The Phoenix Suns are gearing up for what they hope will be a memorable 2023-24. Their roster is loaded, and they’ve gone and added the kind of role players like Bol Bol to the end of their bench who, if nothing else, present a whole lot of intrigue.
As much as some would like to fast forward through the regular season to get to the playoffs, when the real action begins, there are a whole host of important contests to get through before then. Doing so unscathed, and with the likes of Kevin Durant taking advantage of some favorable rulings on rest, would be even better.
There will be particular interest on the five games the Suns will play on the various holidays throughout the season, and for good reason.
The franchise will have no less than 37 games on national television this coming season, the third highest mark in the league. Interest in everything this group does is going to be huge, as it should be when you’ve got Durant, Devin Booker and Bradley Beal. This will make even the usually forgettable games like a December night in Charlotte worth tuning in for.
5. Detroit Pistons (Valentine’s Day)
Beginning with the Detroit Pistons on Valentine’s Day, and this isn’t much of a step up from facing the Hornets in Charlotte. Any time you face a team from a different conference there is a little bit more intrigue, and the all-time record between the two is surprisingly close at 72-71 in favor of the Suns.
Really the added spice here comes in the form of Monty Williams, the former head coach of the Suns who will be back in The Valley for the first time after being fired. This Pistons group he is taking the reigns on certainly does not boast the talent that new head coach Frank Vogel has at his disposal.
But you can bet he will be doing all that he can to try and at least out-coach the man you took his job. To be able to do so with this young Pistons team, at a time when the postseason will begin to loom on the horizon, would be huge.
The return of Williams, a divisive figure amongst Suns fans, will take up most of the headlines, but that’s not the only reason to tune in. Cade Cunningham will also be coming to town. The third year player overlooked by many, as a result of injuries limiting him to only 76 career games so far. He will be looking to ball out, and there are few better opponents to do that against.