The Phoenix Suns haven't been near the top of the Western Conference since the days of Steve Nash and Amar'e Stoudemire, being the West's resident cellar dweller for the better part of 4 years.
A combination of extreme youth, questionable roster moves and a lack of a good coach have all contributed to the Suns lack of improvement since 2014. Unless you're the likes of the Nets of 76ers -- either trading away all of your picks or purposefully tanking -- it's very hard to be bad for that long, especially with some of the talent on Phoenix's roster, including Devin Booker, Eric Bledsoe, and formerly Isaiah Thomas and Goran Dragic.
However, after suffering some of the worst losses in the franchise's history to begin this season, the Suns' front office had enough. They got rid of under-performing head coach Earl Watson, and after Eric Bledsoe publically stated he didn't want to be with the team any longer, they told him to just stay home until they eventually trade him. The Suns were 0-3 before any of that went down, including losses to Portland (124-76) and the Clippers (130-88), but after their changes, have seemingly turned things around after a 22-point comeback against the Washington Wizards.
You read that right, the Suns are 4-1 since ousting Watson and Bledsoe, with their most recent performance led by TJ Warren, who scored a career-high 40 points.
The Suns' other wins are over the likes of the Nets, Jazz and Kings, with their lone loss in the past five coming at the hands of the Blazers once again.
Regardless of the strength of their opponents over their past five games, there's no doubt that the Suns are playing with some fire that just didn't exist when Watson was coaching the team and Bledsoe was running the offense.