30 Days, 30 Teams, 30 Facts: Phoenix Suns
30 Days, 30 Teams, 30 Facts: Phoenix Suns

This article is part of our 30 Days, 30 Teams, 30 Facts series.

With the NBA on hiatus for at least 30 days, I'll be coping by posting an article every day with 30 random/interesting facts from each of the 30 teams. Hopefully, the season will resume when I hit publish on the Wizards' article.

Day 24:

Phoenix Suns

Stats are mostly from Cleaning the Glass, but also RotoWire, NBA.com and Basketball-Reference.

  1. Devin Booker has played the second-most minutes (2,241) in the NBA.
  2. Devin Booker has scored the sixth-most points (1,619) in the league.
  3. Ricky Rubio has the third-most assists (507) in the NBA.
  4. Mikal Bridges has the eighth-most steals (93) in the NBA.
  5. Devin Booker has committed the third-most turnovers (244) in the league.
  6. Devin Booker is second in free-throw percentage (91.6).
  7. Mikal Bridges' 126.3 points per 100 shot attempts ranks in the 94th percentile for wing players. He's made 72% (123-of-171) of his shots at the rim.
  8. Cameron Johnson takes 30% of his shots from the corner, which ranks in the 99th percentile for forwards.
  9. Devin Booker draws a non-shooting foul on 3.9% of team plays – in the 99th percentile for wing players.
  10. Mikal Bridges averages a combined 2.7 steals-plus-blocks per 36 minutes.
  11. Deandre Ayton's offensive rebounding rate off of field goals (12.7%) is in the 92nd percentile for bigs.
  12. Ricky Rubio has the highest point differential (+12.0) on the Suns, and it's a difference that ranks in the 96th percentile.
  13. When Devin Booker is on the court, the Suns score 10.9 more points per 100 halfcourt plays – the highest difference on the team and in the 99th percentile.
  14. The Suns run 2.1% more transition plays with Mikal Bridges on the court – the biggest positive difference on the team and in the 91st percentile.
  15. Opponents shoot 3.0% more long mid-range jumpers with Aron Baynes on the court – in the 97th percentile in terms of forcing that shot.
  16. Opponents grab 6.1% fewer offensive rebounds with Ricky Rubio on the court – a difference that ranks in the 98th percentile.
  17. The Suns have three players in the 90th-plus percentile in terms of limiting opponent transition opportunities: Elie Okobo (2.4% fewer), Cam Johnson (2.2% fewer), Aron Baynes (2.1% fewer).
  18. Opponents add 2.3% more transition opportunities with Dario Saric on the court – a difference that ranks in the seventh percentile.
  19. Out of all Suns lineups that have seen 100+ possessions together, the best is +21.2 and contains Ricky Rubio, Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, Dario Saric and Aron Baynes. The worst is -26.3 and contains Tyler Johnson, Devin Booker, Kelly Oubre, Dario Saric and Frank Kaminsky.
  20. With both Aron Baynes and Deandre Ayton on the court, the Suns have a +6.2 net rating in 113 possessions.
  21. Suns small-ball lineups – Aron Baynes, Deandre Ayton, Frank Kaminsky, Dario Saric, Cheick Diallo off the court – have a +20.0 net rating in 80 possessions.
  22. Based on point differential, the Suns have 3.0 fewer wins than expected – the sixth-worst luck in the NBA.
  23. On the road against top-10 teams, Phoenix has the best spread differential (+6.0).
  24. Phoenix has the third-worst defense on the second nights of back-to-backs (118.4).
  25. Phoenix has the third-worst defense against opponents who are on the second night of a back-to-back (115.6).
  26. Phoenix forces the third-most turnovers (15.6%) in the NBA.
  27. The Suns are the fourth-least accurate team from the corner (36.5%).
  28. The Suns are the fourth-most accurate team from floater range (43.4%).
  29. The Suns have the seventh-worst defensive shot profile (53.8 location eFG%).
  30. Phoenix allows the third-fewest transition plays off of steals (68.8%).

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Alex Barutha
Alex is RotoWire's NBA Assistant Editor. He writes articles about daily fantasy, year-long fantasy and sports betting. You can hear him on the RotoWire NBA Podcast, Sirius XM, DraftKings Live and other platforms. Vince Carter and Alex both first dunked during their respective sophomore years of high school.
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