The 2021-22 Phoenix Suns are officially the greatest regular season team in franchise history.
With a 121-110 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night at the Footprint Center, the Suns set a new franchise record with 63 wins in a single campaign.
And after securing victory No. 63 while simultaneously knocking the Lakers out of the playoffs, the Phoenix No. 1 paid tribute to Suns legend Al McCoy.
Along with his written message on the jersey, Booker had a verbal one for McCoy: “50th baby of the season, franchise record. I love you man. I like you for real.
Booker finished with a game-high 32 points to go along with seven rebounds and four assists.
The Suns have already clinched home-court advantage throughout the NBA playoffs with the league’s best regular-season record.
And now at 63-16, this Phoenix team sits alone atop the mountain of the greatest regular-season teams in Valley history.
Two previous Suns teams have finished 62-20, the first being the 1992-93 season behind MVP Charles Barkley, followed by the 2004-05 campaign which saw Steve Nash win his first straight MVP.
So, with just three games left before the playoffs begin, can Booker follow in Barkley and Nash’s footsteps and win his first MVP award?
Or can he do what no Sun ever could in Phoenix and bring the Larry O’Brien Trophy back to the Valley?