Playoffs 2021

NBA Playoffs 2021: How does this Phoenix Suns team stack up against the 2010 team?

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It's been a while between success in Phoenix, who haven't made the Western Conference Finals since 2010, which was also their last playoff appearance before this season.

After coming so close to the playoffs last season, the Suns broke their postseason drought - which was tied for the fifth-longest in the history of the league - by finishing the regular season as the No. 2 seed in the West.

As they await the winner of the Utah Jazz vs. LA Clippers series, let's rewind to that 2010 team and see how they stack up against today's version of the Suns.

Point Guard: Chris Paul vs. Steve Nash

Perhaps two of the purest point guards we've seen grace the league in the last 20 years, Paul picks up Nash's mantle in Phoenix for the 2021 playoff run.

Paul has been the engine room of the Suns' offence all the season, bringing out the best in his teammates and running the pick-and-roll to perfection with a young athletic big man. Sound familiar?

Nash, who was 35 during the 2010 run, like Paul this season, picked his spots to take over games, with the now-Brooklyn Nets head coach ranking seventh in the regular season in total clutch points (130), while Paul finished the 2021 regular season sixth in clutch points (120).

Centre: Deandre Ayton vs. Amar'e Stoudemire

At age 27, Stoudemire was a monster for the Suns in his prime, leading the team in scoring (22.1 points). At age 22, his comparison Ayton is anchoring the Suns' defence while averaging 15.2 points and 10.6 rebounds per game on a ludicrously efficient 71.6 percent shooting from the field in his first postseason campaign.

In the first round against the Lakers, Ayton became the youngest Sun to record 20 points and 10 rebounds in a single playoff game since Stoudemire in 2005.

Just for fun, enjoy some prime Amar'e highlights:

Shooting Guard: Devin Booker vs. Jason Richardson

A pair of athletic wings who could get buckets.

Richardson was no slouch on the 2010 team as their second-leading scorer with 19.8 points per game, but Devin Booker is in another stratosphere in 2021.

You can hardly tell this is Booker's first playoff appearance as he spearheads the team's offence, coming up BIG in two closeout games already while averaging a team-high 27.9 points per game.

Small Forward: Mikal Bridges vs. Grant Hill

Old vs. Young.

Hill's prime was behind him after an injury-plagued career, but he found a new lease of life in Phoenix and over a three-year stretch he played 80-plus regular seasons games in each campaign.

Age 37 in 2010, Hill was the Suns' swiss-army knife wing, much like what Bridges, a youthful 24-year-old, provides for the Suns right now with his energy and activity off the ball.

Power Forward: Jae Crowder vs. Channing Frye

After starting 41 games in the regular season, Frye came off the bench in the postseason but played 27.2 minutes per game, excelling as a stretch four. He was ahead of his time and would have slotted into this current Suns team seamlessly.

Frye shot 34.9 percent from the 3-point line on 5.4 attempts per game, while Crowder has been one of the Suns' best during this postseason run, knocking down 38.2 percent of his triples on 6.8 attempts per game.

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