The Phoenix Suns were founded in 1968, during the rapid expansion era of professional basketball. Throughout their history, the Suns have had a tradition of regular season success. In fact, the Suns have the 4th highest winning percentage in NBA history. The Suns have won six division titles- 1981, 1993, 1995, 2005, 2006, and 2007. However, as many a sports fan knows all too well, regular season success doesn't necessarily translate into postseason success.
The Suns have won the Western Conference just two times - 1976, and 1993, and have never won the NBA Championship. Their recent run of success during the middle of the 2000's was anchored by point guard Steve Nash, who's innovate style of offense won him two NBA MVP awards during this time.
Since the end of the Steve Nash era, the Suns have had trouble finding their way. Amar'e Stoudemire's knees played a role in this and he is long gone. Recently though, the Suns have begun to find their way. Eric Bledsoe has shined since being traded to the Suns, and they have been wheeling and dealing to build a good team around him. This is a team on the rise.
The Phoenix Suns did not have a good 2015-2016 season by any means. They finished the season with a record of 23-59, good for the second-worst record in the Western Conference, and the fourth-worst record overall. As they entered the offseason, their task, was simple, continue to rebuild their roster through the draft. They did make one small non-draft move of note, as they re-signed veteran small forward Jared Dudley to a three-year contract. Most of their off season work was done in the draft. The Suns held the 4th selection in the draft, and used it to select the top international prospect in the draft, forward Dragen Bender. They also had the 13th and 28th selections, but included them in a post draft package for the 8th selection from the Kings, forward Marquese Chriss. So far this season, the Suns currently sit with a record of 16-36, good for the worst record in the Western Conference, right about where they were supposed to be.