The Phoenix Suns looked like an offensive juggernaut in Kevin Durant’s debut.
They dominated with ease, and his chemistry with Devin Booker was off the charts.
This didn’t come as a surprise, given the fact that they had already played together for Team USA, and given how much of a talented scorer Durant is.
However, as solid as they were and as good as they looked, Shannon Sharpe isn’t ready to crown them just yet.
Sharpe stated that beating the Charlotte Hornets isn’t impressive, especially without LaMelo Ball:
“You want me to say that after one game, these are the NBA champions? They beat the Hornets without their best player!” Sharpe said on Undisputed. “Kevin Durant looked unbelievable, Devin Booker looked unbelievable, Deandre Ayton was dominant…They played the Hornets.”
“You want me to say that after one game these are the NBA champions? They beat the Hornets without their best player!”
@ShannonSharpe isn’t ready to crown the Suns as NBA Champs pic.twitter.com/sjD3h4R4n9
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) March 2, 2023
Ball was ruled out for the remainder of the season with a foot injury, and the Hornets have been a bottom-feeding team without him on the floor, so Sharpe has a bit of a point right there.
But then again, the Suns were already solid and dominant without Durant, even after giving Cam Johnson and Mikal Bridges away, so there’s no reason to think that they can’t be this good on a consistent basis.
Also, Durant is a seamless fit everywhere he goes.
His offensive skills and shot-making ability can be inserted into pretty much every single team and system, and he already knows Monty Williams from his days with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Great players often find ways to coexist, and the Suns have arguably the greatest point guard of the past two decades pulling the strings of their offense.
So, yeah, it may be the LaMelo Ball-less Hornets, but the Suns are for real, and it won’t be long before they prove it.NEXT: Kendrick Perkins Gives His Opinion On Donovan Mitchell