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Phoenix Suns' Initial Targets and the Impact of the Kevin Durant Era
When the Phoenix Suns traded for Kevin Durant a year ago, it wasn't their initial plan. According to ESPN senior writer Zach Lowe, the Suns were originally eyeing championship-experienced players from the Toronto Raptors, specifically OG Anunoby or Pascal Siakam. However, these trade talks never gained serious traction and dissolved once the opportunity to acquire Durant emerged.

Kevin Durant, a future Hall of Famer, has left an indelible mark on the NBA throughout his illustrious career. From his early days with the OKC Thunder to winning two consecutive titles with the Golden State Warriors, Durant has been a consistent force on the court. His journey led him to the Brooklyn Nets, where he formed a formidable trio with James Harden and Kyrie Irving, and more recently, with Bradley Beal and Devin Booker in Phoenix.

Despite the star-studded lineup, the Phoenix Suns find themselves in the sixth position in the Western Conference with a record of 29-21. While this isn't a poor standing, the team's potential, given its star power, has raised expectations for a higher position in the West.

The Kevin Durant era in Phoenix has not been a disaster, with the Suns making a second-round playoff appearance last season, ultimately being eliminated by the eventual champion Denver Nuggets. This season, the Suns have shown glimpses of their capabilities, with a record of 15-6 since Christmas, hinting at a potential climb in the standings.

As the Suns' big three, comprising Durant, Beal, and Booker, continues to find its rhythm, there's optimism for a stronger postseason showing. Despite their current ranking, the Suns have the potential to emerge as a formidable threat in the playoffs, provided their stars maintain their recent level of performance. The ongoing season presents an opportunity for Phoenix to make a significant impact and potentially exceed the expectations set at the beginning of the campaign.

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