Is it possible for the Phoenix Suns to become the next first-time champion?

Can Phoenix Suns Become Next First-Time Champion?
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At the beginning of the week, the Texas Rangers made history by winning their first World Series championship in 63 years, breaking the longest title drought for an expansion team in baseball.

The Rangers’ victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks sets a precedent for other teams in the “Big Four” sports leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL) to potentially achieve their first championship. One team to watch is the Phoenix Suns, who have made it to the NBA Finals three times (1976, 1993, 2021) but have yet to secure the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

The Suns have the highest chance of ending their championship drought, leading all teams without a title with +600 odds at DraftKings Arizona Sportsbook. They surpass the Los Angeles Clippers (+1200), Memphis (+4500), and New Orleans (+500) in their quest for a championship.

Furthermore, their Arizona sports betting odds outshine those of the top non-championship teams in the NFL, NHL, and MLB, including Cincinnati (+1400), Florida Panthers (+1600), and San Diego (+1800) respectively.

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Chances of the next first-time champion

Team, League Year Founded Hypothetical Odds
Phoenix Suns, NBA 1968 +300
Buffalo Bills, NFL 1960 +600
Cincinnati Bengals, NFL 1968 +600
Los Angeles Clippers, NBA 1970 +800
Jacksonville Jaguars, NFL 1995 +900
Florida Panthers, NHL 1993 +1000
San Diego Padres, MLB 1969 +1200
Tampa Bay Rays, MLB 1998 +1200
Seattle Mariners, MLB 1977 +1200
Los Angeles Chargers, NFL 1960 +1400
Odds are provided by and not available at Arizona sportsbook apps.

The Arizona Coyotes, formerly the Winnipeg Jets, won three WHA titles but have not been able to secure an NHL championship. Similarly, the Nets and Pacers were successful in the ABA but fell short in the NBA. The Bills, Chargers, and Titans (formerly the Houston Oilers) claimed AFL titles but have yet to win a Super Bowl in the NFL. The Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, and Detroit Lions have not won a Super Bowl, although they did win NFL championships before the Super Bowl era.

Sun’s Slow Start in Pursuit of Championship

The Suns have a rare chance in the 2023-24 season to win their first championship in the four major sports leagues.

The Suns have had a sluggish beginning to the season due to injuries to important guards Devin Booker and Bradley Beal, which have impeded their advancement. Despite their 2-3 record, oddsmakers at BetMGM Arizona are still hopeful about the team’s potential success. With the trio of Booker, Beal, and Kevin Durant staying healthy, Phoenix may have a promising chance to break their 56-year championship dry spell and secure the Valley’s first title since the Diamondbacks’ win in 2001.

Phoenix is aiming to recover from their home loss to San Antonio by facing Philadelphia on the road this Saturday.



Peterson Christopher

Peterson Christopher has been reporting on sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, having worked with, the Tucson Weekly, and the Green Valley News. Currently, he is the main writer at

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