Suns 5th most impacted team in games lost this season

The Phoenix Suns, at 34-9 the kings of the NBA so far this season and wearing a crown on the chart below to prove it, also have the 5th biggest bubble.

No, I’m not talking about ‘The Bubble’, from way back in 2020 where the Suns went 8-0 to kickstart their dominance in the NBA’s win column.

I’m talking about the bubble of ‘man games lost’, where the Suns have lost the 5th most win shares so far this year due to injury or COVID. Not only have the Suns suffered in COVID losses like everyone else, but they’ve lost some of their most important players for big stretches of the season.

Devin Booker missed a couple weeks (7 of 43 games). Deandre Ayton has missed nearly a month now over four different stretches (15 of 43 games). Other players with high win shares per game that have missed time include Cameron Johnson, Jae Crowder, Frank Kaminsky and JaVale McGee.

The Suns Big Three of Ayton, Booker and Paul have only played together in 23 of the Suns 43 games so far this season.

Only Chris Paul and Mikal Bridges have played every game this season for the league-leading Suns, who with just 9 losses (in 43 games) are the only team have lost fewer than 12 games and one of only two teams to have lost fewer than 15 games this season.

They’re winning despite losing the 5th most…

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