The Phoenix Suns are now considered the strongest team in the Western Conference, and for very good reasons.
Pairing Kevin Durant with Devin Booker now gives them two of the most explosive, versatile, and efficient scorers in recent NBA history, all while the greatest point guard of his generation is pulling the strings of the offense.
Needless to say, expectations are at an all-time high in the Valley of the Sun, as they can already taste that very-first championship.
But that was also the case in Brooklyn three years ago.
Durant and Kyrie Irving teamed up to rule the Eastern Conference and win multiple championships, something that never even came close to happening.
That’s why ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith believes he and Booker are gonna be even much better and more dominant than KD and Kyrie were.
More than that, he affirmed that they’re definitely going to play more games together as well.
“I definitely think that it’s likely that KD and Devin Booker are gonna equal — if not eclipse — what KD and Kyrie did together, so that’s one. Number two, and you can book this, this is automatic: they’re gonna play more games together than KD and Kyrie did,” Smith laughingly said on First Take.
— First Take (@FirstTake) March 1, 2023
Of course, that’s not much of a hot take, nor will it be difficult to achieve.
Durant was often out of the lineup with countless ailments, but Irving was also a rare sight on the court during his tenure in Brooklyn.
Kyrie went AWOL in his first season and then wasn’t eligible to suit up due to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate in New York.
So, all things considered, the Suns will only need him to stay healthy for a full season, and that will most likely be more than enough to put his pairing with Booker way ahead of that infamous failed partnership with his best friend.NEXT: Jay Williams Explains How Kevin Durant's Career Will Be Looked At With Suns