Watching this team not just win but grow is amazing. It makes you feel great as a Suns fan after the rough recent times we have endured. I, like all of you, love this magical Cinderella team in Orlando. However, it has us caught up in the present and I thought it might be fun to take a quick look back into the past.
From March 14 to April 2 of 2010, the Phoenix Suns won 10 games in a row. That’s the most recent occasion that the franchise has had this sort of win streak.
The team was led by a 36-year-old Steve Nash and a prime Amare Stoudemire in his last season before going to the New York Knicks.
Yes, that was a decade ago. What did things look like then?
Aron Baynes and Ricky Rubio, the veterans on this squad, were not yet on US soil. All the other players on this current roster were teenagers or younger. Devin Booker was a 13-year old high school freshman. Deandre Ayton was a 10-year old still dominating in soccer despite being already 6’0” tall.
Current Head Coach Monty Williams was an assistant for the Portland Trailblazers. GM James Jones was playing for the Miami Heat. Vice President of Basketball Operations Jeff Bower was the head coach of the New Orleans Hornets.
Speaking of head coaches, only eight still have a lead spot in the league out of those that held that position in 2010’s NBA.
Looking at players, Kevin Durant was still on the Oklahoma City Thunder with Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Serge Ibaka.
Durant led the league in scoring. Aaron Brooks led the NBA in three-pointers made (yes, Suns fans, THAT Aaron Brooks, the year before he was traded to Phoenix for Goran Dragic). Dwight Howard was tops in rebounds and blocks. Nash was dealing the most assists. Rajon Rondo had the most steals. Tyreke Evans (where is he?) won Rookie of the Year.
Zooming out a bit and looking at the world as a whole, Apple had just released the first iPad. Blackberries were still a thing. So were iPods. McDonald’s and Starbucks had barely started to offer free WiFi to the public. Jennifer Lawrence and Ariana Grande were just starting out their careers.
The league and society looked much different then. About the only similarity, unfortunately, was the swine flu was running wild similar to how Covid-19 is. Hopefully, one day soon, this virus will be in the past as well.
These Phoenix Suns are not just winning but they are building their way back to respect and getting the Suns back to winning ways. It’s amazing and special to watch the start of “Phoenix Suns” basketball again.