Chris Paul had one of his best seasons in the NBA this year. After being traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder, CP3 joined the Phoenix Suns and formed a dynamic duo with Devin Booker. Prior to his arrival, the Suns had a statement run in the Orlando Bubble, going undefeated during their time there. With Paul in their team, the Suns were able to break their poor regular seasons' streak of 10 years and reached the NBA Playoffs for the first time since the days of Steve Nash. Paul elevated the players around him, with both he and Booker becoming All-Stars last season.
The Suns secured the second seed in the Western Conference last season, finishing only behind the Utah Jazz. In the NBA Playoffs, the Suns went on an incredible run, defeating the defending champs Los Angeles Lakers, MVP Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets, and then the Los Angeles Clippers to reach the NBA Finals for the first time since 1993.