The Phoenix Suns came a long way in under one year. From finishing 34-39 last season to finishing 51-21 this season. The hype of this team has been incredible since the Orlando Bubble days. Going 8-0 under weird circumstances was a catalyst for this recent season. The acquisition of Chris Paul ended up being one of the biggest offseason trades in their franchise history.
The Atlanta Hawks finished the season with a 41-31 record. They started the season poorly which resulted in the firing of Lloyd Pierce a month into the season. The then-assistant coach Nate McMillan was named into the interim head coaching position, to which the Hawks would rebound and finish the season strong.
The Philadelphia 76ers made big organizational changes after being swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 2019-20 NBA season. Philadelphia also made several changes to its roster. Unfortunately, they stumbled in the playoffs again.
Anytime there are multiple star players on the roster, there’s pressure to win it all. And the Brooklyn Nets had three stars in James Harden, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Durant. Unfortunately, they were unable to make the conference finals after losing to the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 7 of the semifinals. It was an epic final game of the year, highlighted by a historic performance from Durant, whose 48 points were the most ever in an NBA playoff Game 7. The Nets went shot for shot with Milwaukee through the second half with 20 lead changes and 10 ties. But in the end, Milwaukee was victorious.
The Denver Nuggets season came to an end via a second-round sweep courtesy of the Phoenix Suns. Although the Nuggets finished the season third in the Western Conference with a 47-25 record, they had a limited ceiling in the playoffs due to the absence of guard Jamal Murray.
The Orlando Magic made the playoffs in the 2019-20 season and were hoping to continue their upward trajectory this season. After a promising 6-2 start to the season, injuries put a halt to their progress.
The New York Knicks had an unbelievable season cut short in the first round of the playoffs thanks to Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks. The Knicks broke through this season and were in the playoffs for the first time in a decade.