Phoenix Suns Head Coach Monty Williams Details Team’s Expectations for 2020-21 NBA Season

December 10, 2020 8:59 pm

The Phoenix Suns are looking like a solid team going into the next season. During the bubble, the Suns lead by Devin Booker went undefeated and shocked the league. And now, in the off-season, they made the move to bring veteran All-Star point guard Chris Paul.

The Suns are looking like a really great team going in the season. Head coach Monty Williams spoke about the mindset the Suns have this season, and whether things feel different. He said that there is a change, but he remembers that they didn’t reach the playoffs.

DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 24: Devin Booker (1) of the Phoenix Suns drives on Nikola Jokic (15) of the Denver Nuggets during the second quarter on Sunday, November 24, 2019. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Williams said, “I mean, yeah it does. I mean, I could sit here and give you some fake speech about, ‘Nah, whatever’, but it does feel different. But what I’ve tried not to do is get too far ahead of myself. I’m always reminded that we didn’t make the playoffs.”

Williams added that the team is not targeting a low finish like many analysts are predicting the Suns to have. He said, “We missed it – the play-in game – by half a game. We created a little bit of a target on our backs, but I just read the ESPN deal, and you know, we’re not in the top-10 teams in the league. I think they had us rated like 14th. That’s not what we’re aiming for.” 

Phoenix Suns aiming for the playoffs

Williams revealed that the Suns want to be a top-four team. He went on to add that anything can happen if they make it to the Western Conference Finals. “We’re aiming for being a top-four team in our conference, and once you get to a conference final, then anything can happen. And so we still have a ton of work to do. So yeah, it is different than the ride that I took up to Flagstaff last year to start camp.” 

He added that the Suns, off the back of their great bubble run and post-season moves, have a big target on their back and said, “No one knew what to expect. We hopefully have gained the respect of the league. But we also understand that respect comes with you’re going to get everybody’s best every night. We’re not going to sneak up on anybody anymore, and that’s a good thing.”

The Suns will hope to make a quick start to the new season and reach the playoffs. The new NBA season begins on December 22, 2020.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports. He has an undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts with a focus on International Relations. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune podcast until he graduated. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now. He staunchly believes that Derrick Rose, his favorite player, would be a Top-3 player today had he not gotten injured.

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