The Phoenix Suns' offense is the key to championship success

It has become obvious that in order for the Phoenix Suns to actually win an NBA Championship this season, they have to unlock their true offensive potential.
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The Phoenix Suns have had a tough stretch lately. Despite picking up wins, they are in the midst of a difficult road stretch, missing Devin Booker for numerous games and are set to tackle the second toughest schedule of all NBA teams throughout the rest of the regular season.

Phoenix was built this past offseason with a championship in mind, making some small moves during the season to try and improve their chances, such as acquiring Royce O'Neale.

The Suns certainly have the capabilities to make a deep run, with injuries seemingly their main concern throughout the season.

However, while health and keeping the big three of Kevin Durant, Bradley Beal and Booker on the court together (with the trio only playing 25 games together thus far) is crucial, the biggest key to their success is their offensive game.

While it is common thought that "defense wins championships," which is accurate, good offensive teams are known to be quite successful in the playoffs as well. The game does slow down in the playoffs, making defensive play crucial, however teams still need to put points in the basket.

Phoenix arguably has three of the best scorers on their team, with each member of their big three able to light up the scoring column any given night. Combined, the big three are averaging 74.6 points per game, making them one of the most deadly trios in the league.

The record of the team when the trio of Beal, Booker and Durant all score 20+ points in the is a near perfect 5-1, showcasing in a small sample size that when their big three gets hot, it generally results in wins for the team.

Some critics have questioned the trade that swapped Chris Paul for Bradley Beal due to injury concerns, but this small sample size shows that the Suns have offensive power to run teams out of the building.

Along with the big three, Phoenix have also surrounded their superstars with some solid role players to compliment them on the offensive end. The Suns have great shooters that receive open looks due to the intense defensive coverage opposing teams put on the superstars. Players such as Royce O'Neale and Grayson Allen have been providing great shooting for the team.

O'Neale can be lights out from three, despite averaging a lower percentage than normal this season. On the other hand, Allen has had a career best year from beyond the three point line and on the offensive floor in general. The sharpshooter is averaging an impressive 47.9% from beyond the arc and 50.4% from the floor.

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Another deadly addition to their offensive game is Jusuf Nurkic. The big man has been on a tear lately, dominating the glass, including a game with a historic 31 rebounds. Nurkic's ability to grab rebounds, especially on the offensive end, helps the Suns considerably. This skill combined with his great passing have made him a great part of the offense.

Nurkic's ability to hit the offensive boards and pass out to open shooters is incredible, with the big man steadily improving his passing over his latest stretch of games. If this stretch continues for the big man, it will benefit the Suns as they continue to pursue championship success.

The continued success of the Phoenix Suns and their pursuit for a championship will all come down to how well their offensive game is able to flow through the post season.