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Dallas Mavericks: Ranking the 5 biggest threats from the Western Conference

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Dallas Mavericks biggest threat in Western Conference: 2. Suns

Phoenix had not made the playoffs since 2010, but shrew drafting and the addition of Chris Paul got the Suns back in the postseason and into the NBA Finals last season. Devin Booker has proven himself as one of the best scorers in the league, and Deandre Ayton is quickly becoming one of the top centers.

Phoenix has a deep team that only improved this offseason with the additions of JaVale McGee, Elfrid Payton, and Landry Shamet. Key starter Mikal Bridges has worked his way into one of the best 3-and-D wings, and Jae Crowder is going to play an important role as the Suns look to prove they were not a fluke.

They were a 51-win team in the shortened 72-game season. How high can the Suns climb after a full year working together? Phoenix has won six straight matchups against the Dallas Mavericks and snapping that losing streak will not be easy. The Suns are primed to be one of the NBA’s best and most versatile teams.

Chris Paul received and earned a ton of credit for their postseason run, but the Suns are a dangerous team even without him. Booker is impossible to guard, and Ayton continues to improve in every aspect. Phoenix will be among the favorites to represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals again in 2022.