With 17 straight wins, the 2021 Phoenix Suns have put together the longest winning streak in franchise history, and the 16th-longest in the NBA’s 75-year, 30-team league. This after making it to the NBA Finals last season, and recording the most wins in the NBA over the past 20 months.
What’s absolutely mind-boggling is that three of this team’s top four players just three years ago experienced the franchise’s longest-ever losing streak, which also happens to have lasted…. drumroll please… 17 games. That 17-game losing streak is tied with 9 other teams for 27th longest in league history.
Devin Booker (now a two-time All-Star), Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges were big-minute keys to BOTH ignominious feats.
No other trio of starters in league history has experienced both a 17-game losing streak and a 17-game winning streak together.
The Boston Celtics came the closest, with 18 straight losses in the spring of 2007 becoming 19-straight wins in the November 2008 with Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Kendrick Perkins and Tony Allen all sharing both streaks, but Pierce and Allen barely played (2 games each) and Rondo/Perk were only part-time starters in the losing streak.
It just so happens that the Suns and Celtics are the only two franchises in league history to go from bottom-2 to top-2 within two seasons.
Mind blown, right?
Let’s go back in time three years to January 15 — February 23 of 2019. Devin Booker was a…