Phoenix Suns Betting and Team Guide
Betting on the Phoenix Suns can bring you a lot of money if you’re willing to do to the dirty work. You need to research the time and learn everything about it. The current guide offers you the chance to save some time and energy by covering past and current information about the Suns. You can explore key facts from previous seasons but also check the latest odds, updates, and predictions. We make sure to keep everything up to date for your convenience.
Phoenix Suns Betting in 2019-20
Our first goal is to explore Phoenix Suns betting options for the 2019-20 NBA season.
Latest Phoenix Suns Odds for 2019-20
Phoenix Suns to Win the 2020 NBA Championship+10000
Phoenix Suns to Win the 2020 NBA Western Conference+5000
Phoenix Suns to Win the 2020 NBA Pacific Division+25000
Phoenix Suns Predictions for 2019-20
- Current Prediction: 40-44 wins, make the playoffs
- Current Pick: no recommended bet
- Last Updated: January 3rd
The betting odds at BetOnline tell us the Suns are five times more likely to win the NBA Finals than they are to win their division. Quite frankly, neither has even a remote chance of taking place, so save your betting funds for more valuable spots.
- Previous Phoenix Suns Predictions
- Prediction: One of the worst teams in the West, 20-25 wins.
- Pick: Under 29.5 Wins -110
The Western Conference will be a complete nightmare next season and the Phoenix Suns don’t have the tools to compete for the playoffs. It will be a rebuilding year for the franchise, so reaching 30 wins during the regular season seems like a tough task.
The current odds of -110 for under 29.5 wins are available in many of the leading NBA betting sites and they look like a great choice.
The Phoenix Suns should be better in comparison to last year, but not by much. The franchise is still in a phase of rebuilding and the teams around it are miles ahead.
There’s no chance for the team to fight for the division title, let alone the Western Conference or the NBA Championship. In fact, the Suns will most likely spend much of the 2019-2020 season tanking and trying to develop their young players.
If Devin Booker can find some consistency and Ayton improves, the Suns might be stronger than most people expect them to be. But that would hardly be enough for the team to even be remotely competitive, especially considering the state of the Western Conference.
Phoenix Suns News and Updates
January 3rd, by Michael Wynn
Deandre Ayton’s suspension and sprained ankle are both in the past, and the former #1 overall pick can finally start getting into a rhythm. That is, of course, if he remains a member of this organization.
Rumors have swirled that Phoenix could be interested in trading for Kevin Love, and some even think the Suns could go after Karl-Anthony Towns. I imagine Devin Booker will stay put, but Ayton, along with Kelly Oubre Jr, could be made available.
- Previous News and Updates
October 16, by Jerry Summer
The Phoenix Suns won two and lost two in the preseason, so the results have been better than expected. Both Ayton and Booker had impressive moments, but I don’t think the team will be consistent enough during the regular season.
July 8, by Jerry Summer
The offseason so far has been somewhat quiet for the Suns. They managed to trade Josh Jackson, which was expected after two extremely disappointing years. His performance both on and off the court gave the team no choice.
The other notable moves in the offseason include the signing of Ricky Rubio on a contract that seems like too much and the acquisition of Dario Saric. While the Spaniard can certainly help the team and has the potential to form a solid backcourt duo with Booker, paying him $17 million per year looks like a pretty low value.
More Phoenix Suns and NBA Betting for 2019-20
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The Phoenix Suns in 2019-20
Phoenix Suns Roster in 2019-20
Betting on the Phoenix Suns without knowing what to expect from the roster would be far too risky, so let’s take a closer look at the players employed by the organization.
- Ricky Rubio – Guard
- Cameron Johnson – Guard
- Ty Jerome – Guard
- Elie Okobo – Guard
- Jawun Evans – Guard
- Jevon Carter – Guard
- Jalen Lecque – Guard
- Emmett Naar – Guard
- Jared Harper – Guard
- Dakarai Tucker – Guard
- Devin Booker – Guard
- Tyler Johnson – Guard
- Jamal Crawford – Guard
- Kelly Oubre Jr. – Forward
- Mikal Bridges – Forward
- George King – Forward
- Dario Saric – Forward
- Frank Kaminsky – Forward
- Cheick Diallo – Forward
- Deandre Ayton – Center
- Aron Baynes – Center
- Dusan Ristic – Center
Projected Starting Lineup
We believe that the following athletes will be part of the Phoenix Suns’ starting lineup in the 2019-20 NBA season.
- Ricky Rubio Point Guard
- Devin Booker Shooting Guard
- Kelly Oubre Jr. Small Forward
- Dario Saric Power Forward
- DeAndre Ayton Center
The backcourt of Ricky Rubio and Devin Booker is the backbone of the Suns team. The experienced Spaniard is a solid creator and defender that can also score himself. He complements the young star of the team that’s an absolute monster on offense. Booker will easily average over 25 points with Rubio alongside him.
The rest of the team features a couple of other young players like Oubre, Saric, and Ayton. They all have a lot of potential and are solid guys, but the question is if they’ll be consistent enough. Considering the lack of experience, it’s unlikely.
When the Suns starting lineup clicks, it should be a solid team in offense and an average one on defense. However, there will be nights when things won’t be going well for the team.
Depth and Bench
One of the biggest issues for the Phoenix Suns last year was the bench. This year, the franchise took some steps to improve for the upcoming season. Aron Baynes was acquired from the Celtics, and he’s a solid backup for the center position.
Mikal Bridges, Ty Jerome, Tyler Johnson, Elie Okobo, and Cameron Johnson should also contribute from the bench. None of them provides instant offense, but they can all score some points.
Phoenix Suns Staff in 2019-20
Let’s take a look at the guys who are off the court but will have a crucial impact on the Phoenix Suns for the upcoming 2019-20 season.
- Head Coach: Monty Williams
- Coaching Staff: Willie Green (Asst. Coach), Darko Rajakovic (Asst. Coach), Steve Blake (Asst. Coach), Mark Bryant (Asst. Coach), Larry Greer (Asst. Coach)
- Ownership: Robert Sarver
- General Manager: James Jones
It’s hard to predict the impact of new head coach Monty Williams. He has experience mostly as an assistant on various levels, but he’s been out of the NBA for a couple of seasons.
The main goal in front of the coaching staff will be to develop the young talent at their disposal. The obvious priority is Devin Booker. But the likes of Ayton, Oubre, Bridges, and a couple of the players under the age of 24 could become solid assets for the franchise in the future.
Phoenix Suns Schedule in 2019-20
As always, the schedule for each team matters a lot. There are times when the tough games pile up and their performance drops. It’s important to recognize these occurrences before betting on the Phoenix Suns. We will add the games here, and share our thoughts on the key moments of the 2019-20 NBA season.
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Phoenix Suns Overview and Key Info
The Phoenix Suns are the only member of the NBA Western Conference’s Pacific Division that isn’t located in California. The Suns joined the league in 1968 and have remained in Phoenix under the same team name ever since.
The Suns have made two NBA Finals appearances and have yet to win a championship. But they still have an impressive record. Phoenix has made 29 playoff appearances and has the league’s fourth-highest all-time winning percentage.
In 2018, the Suns made history by hiring the first NBA head coach that wasn’t born and raised in America. Serbian-American Igor Kokoškov signed on as Phoenix’s 19th head coach. Unfortunately for him, Kokoskov was fired in May 2019.
Let’s look at some of the most important facts about the Phoenix Suns.
Phoenix Suns – Key Info
- Current Team Location
- In Phoenix, Arizona, since 1968
- Western Conference – Pacific
- Talking Stick Resort Arena
- G League Team
- Northern Arizona Suns
- Team Value (Forbes 2018)
- $1.28 billion
Phoenix Suns History
Along with the Milwaukee Bucks, the Phoenix Suns joined the NBA as an expansion team in 1968. The Suns have been called the Suns since their inaugural year. They were the first major professional sports team not only in Phoenix but in the entire state of Arizona.
The name resulted from a contest that was run in the Arizona Republic newspaper. Phoenix “Suns” beat out other top contenders like Scorpions, Rattlers, Tumbleweeds, Mavericks, and Cougars.
Just one season in, head coach Jerry Colangelo guided the new Suns to their first playoffs, losing to the Lakers by 4-3 in the Division Semifinals in 1970.
NBA Finals 1976
After a five-year post-season drought, coach John MacLeod managed to turn things around in his third season, and the Phoenix Suns earned their first trip to the NBA Finals in 1976, assisted by Rookie of the Year Alvan Adams. They lost in a 4-2 series against the Celtics.
The Road to the 1993 Finals
The next season was a disappointing follow-up with a 5th place, 34-48 finish. But in 1978, the Suns took off on an eight-year playoff run including two conference finals appearances and their first division title in 1981. That streak was followed by 13 consecutive post-season years starting in 1989.
The Suns also had their second shot at the NBA Championship in 1993 but lost to the Chicago Bulls, 4-2.
While the Suns have earned six division and two conference titles, they have yet to win an NBA championship. Regardless, they hold the record for having the highest winning percentage without having an NBA championship.
The Suns have had some of the best players on their roster at one time or another. Ten Hall of Famers have been Suns team members starting with 1992 inductee Connie Hawkins who played from 1969-73.
The other inductees are Gail Goodrich (1968-70), Charles Barkley (1992-96), Gus Johnson (1972), Dennis Johnson (1980-83), Shaquille O’Neal (2007-09), Charlie Scott (1972-75), Steve Nash (1996-98 and 2004-12), Jason Kidd (1996-01), and Grant Hill (2007-12). Scott, Nash, Kidd, and Hill all became Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame members in 2018.
Phoenix Suns Championships and Playoffs
- 0 NBA Championships
- 2 Conference Titles: 1993, 1976
- 6 Division Titles: 2007, 2006, 2005, 1995, 1993, 1981
Home Court – Talking Stick Resort Arena
- Inaugurated: 1992
- Renovated: 2003
- Capacity: 18,422
- Former Names: US Airways Center, America West Arena
The Talking Stick Resort Arena, formerly called America West Arena, was opened in 1992 and was the Suns’ replacement for Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Arizona Veterans was a multi-purpose venue on the Arizona State Fairgrounds capable of seating 14,000+ people. It was completed in 1965 and became the permanent home of the Phoenix Suns in their inaugural 1968 season.
Talking Stick Resort Arena accommodates not only the Phoenix Suns but the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury and the AFL/IFL Arizona Rattlers team. The venue features an air-conditioned glass atrium for the ticket lines, so patrons keep cool in the hot Arizona desert.
The arena itself holds more than 18,000 and has been used for soccer, hockey, wrestling, concerts, and other one-off events. Most notably, one of Frank Sinatra’s last concerts was held at America West Arena in 1993.
- Venue Address: Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
- Mailing Address: Phoenix Suns, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
- Phone: 602-379-7900
Phoenix Suns Head Coaches
Through the 2017-18 season, the Suns had compiled a 2,167-1,885 record. With a winning record, you can be sure that there have been plenty of coaches throughout the years that have left Phoenix after collecting impressive stats of their own.
Johnny Kerr was the first Suns coach for their inaugural season in 1968-69. As is typical for new teams, the Suns had a rocky start, going 31-89 in their first year. The next season, though, Jerry Colangelo led the Suns to their first playoff season.
Both Mike D’Antoni (2003-2008) and Cotton Fitzsimmons (in his second tenure with the Suns from 1988-1992) were named NBA Coaches of the Year.
MacLeod and Westphal
John MacLeod spent 14 seasons in Phoenix and is the longest-running coach with 1,122 games coached to a 579-543 regular-season record and 37-44 in the playoffs. MacLeod led the Suns to their first NBA Finals appearance in 1976 against the Celtics.
Paul Westphal (1992-96) recorded the highest winning percentage with .685 in 279 games. His post-season record ended up at .568 after 44 games. Westphal coached the 1993 team to the Suns second, and last to date, NBA Finals.
|Last 10 Phoenix Suns Head Coaches|
|20||2019 –||Monty Williams ||X-X||–||X-X|| – ||–|
|19 || 2018 –|| Igor Kokoškov||19-63||.232||X-X||–||–|
The newest head coach of the Phoenix Suns, Igor Kokošlov, is from Serbia and has been coaching since 1992. His first job in the NBA was in 2000 as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Clippers. Igor was the first non-American to hold an assistant coaching position in the NBA. He also became the first to win an NBA championship in 2004 with the Detroit Pistons.
Kokošlov’s head coaching position with the Phoenix Suns now makes him the first NBA head coach born and raised outside of North America.
Monty Williams has been part of the NBA for ages. He started as a player and returned to the league as an assistant coach for the Portland Trail Blazers between 2005 and 2010.
He then joined the New Orleans Hornets (later renamed to Pelicans) as a head coach and spent five years at the helm. After his release, Williams had short stints in the USA coaching team as well as the Oklahoma City Thunder.
He was out of the picture for two seasons, but was given the chance to return to the NBA as an assistant for the Philadelphia 76ers in 2018.
The Phoenix Suns decided to bring him on board in May 2019 as a replacement for the disappointing Igor Kokoskov.
Phoenix Suns Last Five Seasons
|Season||Coach||Finish||W-L||%||Playoffs||Points Leader (avg/game)|
|2018-19 ||Igor Kokoskov|| 5th ||19-63|| .232||–|| Devin Booker (26.6)|
|2017-18||Jay Triano||5th||21-61||.256||–||Devin Booker (24.9)|
|2016-17||Earl Watson||5th||24-58||.293||–||Devin Booker (22.1)|
|2015-16||Jeff Hornacek||4th||23-59||.280||–||Eric Bledsoe (20.4)|
|2014-15||Jeff Hornacek||3rd||39-43||.476||–||Eric Bledsoe (17.0)|
Phoenix Suns All-Time Career Leaders
|Average Pts/Game||Charlie Scott||24.82||1971-1975|
|Assists||Steve Nash||6,997||1996-1998, 2004-2012|
Walter Davis is the Phoenix Suns’ all-time scoring leader with 15,666 points made during his 11 years with the team from 1977-1988. Davis was a first-round selection by the Suns in the 1977 NBA Draft after being First-Team All-ACC in ’77 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The shooting guard and small forward immediately impressed as the NBA Rookie of the Year and NBA All-Rookie First Team in 1978. He was also named All-NBA Second Team for the first of two seasons in ‘78-‘79. Davis was named to six NBA All-Star teams, four successively from 1988-81. He has a gold medal representing the US in the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, and his #6 was retired by the Phoenix Suns.
Like Davis, Charlie Scott attended the University of North Carolina where he earned the ACC Athlete of the Year designation in 1970. Scott was a seventh-round selection by the Boston Celtics in 1970 but didn’t wear a Celtics jersey until 1975. Instead, he opted to sign with the ABA’s Virginia Squires where he set an ABA record for average points per game.
In ’72, he joined the Suns and repeated the record with the Suns’ franchise with 24.82. The ABA award-winning shooting guard was a two-time All-Star as well as 1971’s ABA Rookie of the Year and All-Rookie First Team. He played for the Suns from 1972 to 1975 and made the NBA All-Star team three of those four seasons from 1973-75. Scott finally played for the Celtics from 1975-77 as well as the Lakers before retiring with the Denver Nuggets in 1980.
Steve Nash was born in South Africa but is a Canadian who played in the NBA for 19 seasons starting in 1996 with the Phoenix Suns. He was the team’s first-round pick in ’96 out of Santa Clara where he was twice named the WCC Player of the Year.
Nash had two stints with the Suns. His first lasted two seasons before he was traded to the Dallas Mavericks. The point guard returned to Phoenix in 2004 and played eight more seasons. He was twice named the NBA’s MVP in 2005 and 2006. Nash is an eight-time All-Star and was named to the All-NBA First-Team for every season from 2005-07. He’s the Suns’ all-time career leader for assists with 6,997 but was also the league’s assists leader for five seasons.
He joined the 50-40-90 club four times starting in 2006 and was honored with the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 2007. Steve Nash’s number 13 was retired by the Suns’ organization, and he was made a member of the team’s Ring of Honor.
Alvan Adams was a career Sun having spent his entire 13 seasons with the team from 1975-1988. Adams was Phoenix’s first-round selection in 1975 and fourth overall. Alvan previously played for the University of Oklahoma, honored as the 1975 Big Eight Player of the Year. He was three times named the First-Team All-Big Eight as well.
His first season going pro, the power forward/center was named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year. He was also named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. He was a 1976 All-Star and not only the Suns’ franchise all-time leader for rebounds with 6,937 but second to Walter Davis for the all-time scorer. Adams received a gold medal representing the US in 1973’s team competition in Moscow. His number 33 has been retired by both the University of Oklahoma and the Phoenix Suns. Like Steve Nash, Alvan Adams is also a member of the Suns Ring of Honor.
Phoenix Suns Trivia
In the 2011-12 seasons, the Suns didn’t play a single game in overtime.
After 11 seasons in the NBA, the Phoenix Suns finally introduced their mascot, the Suns Gorilla, who is now one of the most popular mascots in the league.
The Phoenix Suns are an Emmy-award-winning team, receiving 12 Emmys from the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Popular Boston Celtics’ shooting guard Danny Ainge not only retired with the Phoenix Suns in 1995 but also transitioned into coaching them. He was the head coach for the Suns from 1996-99, posting a winning record of 136-90 (.602).