NBA 2016-17 forecast: Pacific Division

November 17, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the basketball against Toronto Raptors guard Cory Joseph (6) during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Raptors 115-110. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
November 17, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the basketball against Toronto Raptors guard Cory Joseph (6) during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Raptors 115-110. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports /
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PHOENIX SUNS

Last season: 23 – 59

This season: 33 – 49

Predicting a 10-game improvement for this team may be my dreaming-in-Technicolour moment, but I’ll stick with it. They boast an appealing mix of young guns (Devin Booker, T.J. Warren), established mid-career starters (Brandon Knight, Eric Bledsoe, P.J. Tucker) and useful veterans (Tyson Chandler, Leandro Barbosa).

Feb 2, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) against Phoenix Suns guard Sonny Weems (10) at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The Raptors defeated the Suns 104-97. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 2, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) against Phoenix Suns guard Sonny Weems (10) at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The Raptors defeated the Suns 104-97. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

Their rookies are intriguing. Both Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender could be special. Bender may be new to the NBA, but the 7-footer was a pro player last year. He has the potential to be what Andrea Bargnani could have been, if he’d had a heart transplant.

The Suns don’t have the stars or the depth to challenge for a playoff spot, but they are definitely headed in the right direction.

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