2. Phoenix Suns
The Phoenix Suns are another team the Dallas Mavericks should be scared to face in the playoffs, regardless of the round. They have Kevin Durant, Bradley Beal, and Devin Booker as their new Big 3.
Phoenix also added a lot of solid role players such as Yuta Watanabe, Josh Okogie (who they re-signed), and Drew Eubanks, rounding out their bench unit. They have one very clear goal in mind - winning a championship at any expense.
Fans should remember the last time the Mavericks took on the Suns in the playoffs. It got a little chippy between the players.
Luka Doncic and the team embarrassed Devin Booker and the Suns on their home court, winning 123-90 in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals back in 2022. It even forced their GM to write an apology note to their fans the following week, addressing the Suns' poor performance.
I know the Suns want their revenge against the Mavericks for that the next time they play each other in the playoffs. This should be one of the teams Dallas should try to and avoid.
The Suns have gotten a lot better since the last time they played each other in the playoffs, and that could have a different outcome the next time that these two teams face off against each other.