Phoenix Suns Overview News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Roster, History & More

Phoenix Suns Overview: News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Roster, History & More

The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team based in Phoenix, Arizona. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Suns began to play as an expansion team in 1968. 

The franchise owns the NBA’s all-time best winning percentage in regular season games and has the second highest winning percentage of any team to have never won an NBA championship.

Keep reading for more details about Phoenix Suns.

Phoenix Suns Overview News and Rumors

LOOK: DeAndre Jordan Comments On Chris Paul’s Instagram Post

To see the embedded media view the original article. Chris Paul, a standout with the Phoenix Suns, just uploaded a photo to Instagram. To see the embedded media view the original article.

Phoenix Suns Bubble Band

Phoenix Suns Bubble Band – Where are they now? 

The Phoenix Suns’ recent success can be attributed to a minor but crucial development in the team’s recent past. The Suns were poised for another unimpressive, disappointing year in 2019–20 and their eighth consecutive season without a playoff appearance.

2022-23 Phoenix Suns Full Schedule Notes: TV, B2Bs, road trips, and prime time match-ups 

As they try to recover, the Suns will play 34 games that will be nationally televised. NBA schedule releases are now happening! The future looks bright, and the plan for success is starting to take shape.

Bleacher Report Gives Phoenix Suns Record Prediction

The NBA schedule for 2022–2023 is now available, giving the Phoenix Suns a better sense of their regular season schedule. On October 1, the Suns will start their 82-game trip.

Predicting the Phoenix Suns’ record ten games into the 2022-23 season 

The NBA schedule for 2022–23 has been made public, and the Phoenix Suns will have a difficult starting phase versus Conference opponents. The Phoenix Suns started the 2021–22 season with three straight losses before going on a franchise-record 18-game winning streak.

Phoenix Suns Full 2022-23

Phoenix Suns Full 2022-23 NBA Schedule Released

To see the embedded media view the original article. The Phoenix Suns announced their complete 82-game NBA schedule for the 2022–23 season on Wednesday. The Suns publicized their schedule on social media, just like virtually every other team in the NBA did. Wednesday afternoon, and they used some rather original methods to do it.

Suns Schedule Could Prove Challenge

On Wednesday, the NBA formally unveiled the 2022–2023 schedule. As soon as the season begins, a few games for the Phoenix Suns stand noteworthy. In any case, it seems that Phoenix can still be a dominant force in the NBA.

Initial impressions, observations from Phoenix Suns’ 2022-23 schedule 

Today is the scheduled release day! A significant day in the NBA calendar! Why are you staring at me in that manner? This is a major event!! Putting jokes aside, there are a few aspects of the Phoenix Suns’ 82-game schedule that we can highlight and monitor all season long.

Phoenix Suns’ 2022-23 schedule includes 22 national TV games 

The regular season schedule for the Phoenix Suns in 2022–23 was released on Wednesday, featuring 22 games on ABC, ESPN, or TNT in addition to 12 more on NBA TV. Two late-season ABC games are scheduled: a noon matinee on Sunday, Feb.

Reports: LeBron James Agrees to Massive Extension With Lakers

Was there ever any question as to whether LeBron James would join the Los Angeles Lakers again? Maybe there was, now that James is qualified for a sizable deal for the following two seasons.

The best free agent addition for each of the Phoenix Suns’ Pacific rivals 

The Phoenix Suns are anticipated to face a considerably tougher struggle to win the NBA’s Pacific division after the 2021–22 season, in which only two of the five clubs made the playoffs.

Source: https://www.yardbarker.com/nba/teams/phoenix_suns/90

History Of Phoenix Suns

1968–1976: Team Creation and Early Years

Team Creation and Early Years

The Suns were one of two franchises to join the NBA at the start of the 1968-1969 season, alongside the Milwaukee Bucks from Milwaukee. With no major professional sports team in metropolitan Phoenix at the time, the Suns were seen as a godsend by the city and state.

Despite many critics who said that the Phoenix market was not large or hot enough to support an NBA team, the Suns managed to stay afloat for their first 24 seasons playing at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

In 1988, the Arizona Cardinals relocated to St. Louis, and the Suns moved into their new home, the United States Air Force Base in Tempe. The Suns have been a consistent playoff team since moving to Tempe and have made it to the Conference Finals twice.

1975–1976: Trip to the NBA Finals

In 1975, the Phoenix Suns made a major trade sending former All-Star guard Charlie Scott to the Boston Celtics in exchange for guard Paul Westphal. They also drafted center and eventual fan favorite Alvan Adams from the University of Oklahoma and guarded Ricky Sobers of UNLV.

The Suns and Buffalo Braves made a midseason trade, with Phoenix sending forward/center John Shumate to Buffalo in exchange for forwarding Garfield Heard.

The Suns had an inconsistent regular season, starting out at 14-9 (then the best start in team history), then went 4-18 during a stretch where the team sustained several injuries (including Dick Van Arsdale breaking his right arm in a February game).

The Suns then went 24-13 in the final 37 games to finish 42-40, clinching their first playoff spot since 1970.

1976–1988: From success to scandals

Phoenix Suns 1976–1988

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Suns enjoyed several successful seasons. However, problems arose on and off the court in the mid-1980s, culminating in a scandal that tarnished the reputation of the franchise both nationally and within the community.

In 1987,13 people were indicted on drug-related charges, three of whom were active Suns players James Edwards, Jay Humphries, and Grant Gondrezick. These indictments were partially based on testimony from star player Walter Davis, who was given immunity.

No defendants ever went to trial, but the scandal, although now perceived in many respects to be a witch hunt, did provide an opening for general manager Jerry Colangelo to lead a group that bought the team from its owners for $44 million at the start of the 1987-88 season, a record at that time.

1988–1992: The Kevin Johnson/Tom Chambers/Dan Majerle era

Kevin Johnson-Tom Chambers-Dan Majerle era

In 1988, the Suns acquired All-Star power forward Larry Nance and guarded Mike Sanders against the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Kevin Johnson, Mark West, and Tyrone Corbin. This began a 13-successive playoff appearances streak for the Suns.

In 1986, second-round draft pick Jeff Hornacek was drafted and developed by the Suns. In 1989, Kurt Rambis was acquired from the Charlotte Hornets. The team upset the Los Angeles Lakers in five games during the playoffs that season. 

However, they were then defeated by the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Semifinals. In 1990-91, the Suns went 55-27 but lost in the first round to the Utah Jazz, 3-1. In 1991-92, the Suns went 53-29.

1992–1996: The Charles Barkley era

Charles Barkley era

In 1992, the Phoenix Suns moved into their new arena, the America West Arena. Former Philadelphia 76ers power forward Charles Barkley was traded to the Suns for Jeff Hornacek, Andrew Lang, and Tim Perry.

The Suns went on to win 62 games that season and advanced to the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Chicago Bulls. In 1995, the Suns traded Barkley to Houston for Sam Cassell, Robert Horry, Mark Bryant, and Chucky Brown. All four players were not with the franchise one year later.

1996–2004: Average times

Two years after Steve Nash was drafted by the Suns, he was traded to the Dallas Mavericks for Jason Kidd. Nash would go on to win three MVPs and two NBA Championships with the Mavericks.

However, Nash’s time in Dallas was not without controversy, as he was involved in a domestic violence incident with his wife. Nash was later traded to the New Jersey Nets, where he would win an additional championship.

In the off-season prior to the 2004-05 season, the Suns made a blockbuster trade sending Nash and Antonio McDyess to the Knicks for Stephon Marbury and Bubba Wells. Nash would lead the Suns to the playoffs that season but they were defeated in the first round by the San Antonio Spurs.

The following year, Nash led the Suns to their fourth consecutive playoff appearance, but they were again defeated in the first round by the Spurs. Nash retired after the 2006-07 season.

2004–2012: The Steve Nash era

2004–2006: Nash wins back-to-back MVPs

Nash wins back-to-back MVPsNash wins back-to-back MVPs

Robert Sarver, an investment banker who also owns the Phoenix Suns, is selling the team to a group of local businessmen. The team had been struggling financially, and Sarver’s sale was necessary in order to keep the team from folding.

The 2004-05 season was the Suns’ return to the NBA’s elite, as they finished with the best record at 62-20, tying a franchise record set by the 1992-93 team. Steve Nash was signed as an unrestricted free agent during the off-season and won the MVP award.

In the playoffs, the Suns swept the Memphis Grizzlies, 4-0, and defeated the fourth-seeded Dallas Mavericks, 4-2, as Nash forced game six into overtime with a three-pointer in the closing seconds.

However, they lost the Western Conference Finals to the San Antonio Spurs, 4-1. The underdog Mavericks take on the veteran Suns in the Western Conference Finals, but they don’t back down. With their hard work and determination, the Mavericks come back from a two-game deficit to win the series.

2006–2008: “Seven seconds or less”

In 2006, under coach D’Antoni, the Suns popularized the fast break offense known as “7 seconds or less.” This offense was later published in a Sports Illustrated book and was criticized for its lack of defense.

However, the Suns specialized in an efficient offense designed to quickly get off shots which made regrouping on defense difficult for the opposing team. The Suns entered the 2006-07 season with high expectations and met those expectations by winning 15 games in a row from November 20 to December 22.

This streak was followed almost immediately by a 17-game win streak from December 29 to January 28. On March 14, the 49-14 Suns met the 52-10 Mavericks in a match-up where both teams were fighting for the top seed in the Western Conference.

2008–2010: Ups and downs

Slow decline without Amar'e

In 2008, Terry Porter was let go from his position as assistant coach of the Detroit Pistons after they were eliminated by the Boston Celtics in the 2008 Eastern Conference Finals. The Phoenix Suns made efforts to sign free agents, but their attempts were hindered by the team being over the luxury tax limit.

On February 16, 2009, they fired Porter, and he was succeeded by Alvin Gentry. In the 2009-10 season, the Suns played a more balanced style of basketball and made it to the Western Conference Finals, where they were eliminated by the Portland Trail Blazers and the San Antonio Spurs.

2010–2012: Slow decline without Amar’e

Lance Blanks, newly hired general manager of the Suns, signs Amar’e Stoudemire to a 5-year contract worth $95 million, with $71 million guaranteed. However, during the 2010 offseason, Stoudemire was traded to the Knicks for a higher salary, and the Suns were left with Hedo Turkoglu, Josh Childress, and Hakim Warrick as their starting frontcourt.

In the 2011 NBA draft, the Suns used their 13th pick on power forward Markieff Morris from Kansas, who joined his twin brother Marcus on the roster. Later that year, in the 2012 NBA draft, the Suns used their 13th pick on point guard Kendall Marshall from North Carolina.

2012–2015: Pre–Booker and Struggle Years

2012–2015 Pre–Booker and Struggle Years

2012: The departure of Steve Nash

The Suns traded Steve Nash to the Lakers in exchange for first-round picks in 2013 and 2015, as well as second-round picks in 2013 and 2014.

After the trade, the Suns re-acquired point guard Goran Dragic from Houston, signed Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley and claimed Houston forward Luis Scola off amnesty waivers while also using the same amnesty clause (as codified in the 2011 collective bargaining agreement) to waive Josh Childress.

They also made a three-way trade with the New Orleans Hornets and the Timberwolves by trading Robin Lopez and Hakim Warrick to the Hornets and a 2014 second-rounder to the Timberwolves in exchange for Wesley Johnson, a top 14-protected future first-rounder and the rights to Brad Miller and Jerome Dyson.

2013: The arrival of Ryan McDonough

Ryan McDonough

As the 2013-14 NBA season started, the Phoenix Suns were coming off of a disastrous season where they finished at the bottom of the league. With new general manager Ryan McDonough, they made a lot of changes to the team, most notably the hiring of new head coach Jeff Hornacek.

Although they started off the season well, injuries to key players (most notably Eric Bledsoe) led to them falling out of playoff contention. In the end, they ended up losing in the first round to the Dallas Mavericks.

2015–present: The Devin Booker era

_Devin Booker era

2015–2020: The arrival of Devin Booker and further struggle years

In the 2015 NBA draft, the Suns drafted Kentucky shooting guard Devin Booker with the 13th pick. Booker made his debut two days before his 19th birthday against the Dallas Mavericks and quickly became a fan favorite. Booker led the Suns in scoring and helped the team make the playoffs for the first time in six seasons.

However, after injuries to key players Brandon Knight and Eric Bledsoe, Booker took on more of a leadership role and helped the Suns reach the postseason. In the 2017 NBA draft, the Suns dropped to the 4th pick and selected Josh Jackson. Jackson would help lead the Suns to their best season yet, making it to the playoffs as the no. 6 seeds.

The Suns ended the season with the second-worst record in franchise history and fired head coach Earl Watson after a 0-3 start.

The text follows the story of the 2019 Phoenix Suns season, which was their worst in franchise history. The season began with the firing of Ryan McDonough, who was replaced by James Jones and Trevor Bukstein as the team’s interim general managers.

A highlight of the season was when a planned three-way trade with the Washington Wizards and Memphis Grizzlies fell apart through miscommunication of the players involved. At the end of the season, the coaching staff, including head coach Igor Kokoskov, were fired.

Monty Williams was hired as the team’s new head coach and completed the rest of the new coaching staff. Phoenix finished with a 19-63 record, the worst in the Western Conference. Ayton made the All-Rookie First Team.

2020–present: The Booker and Paul duo

Booker and Paul duo

In 2021, the Suns traded Kelly Oubre Jr., Ricky Rubio, Jalen Lecque, Ty Jerome and a future first-round draft pick for 10-time All-Star, 10-time All-NBA, and 9-time All-Defensive point guard Chris Paul from the Oklahoma City Thunder. This gave the Suns a 51-21 record (2nd best in the entire NBA), and clinched the second seed in the Western Conference. 

The Suns made the playoffs for the first time since 2010, facing the defending champions Los Angeles Lakers in the first round. They defeated them in six games to win their first playoff series since 2010.

Chris Paul entered into the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols and missed the first two games of the series, but the Suns won the series anyway.

Home arenas

From 1968 until 1992, the Suns played their home games at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum. In 1992, they relocated to the Footprint Center, also known as “The Purple Palace” and known at the time as the America West Arena. 

The Phoenix City Council and the Sun’s Organization eventually finished renovating the arena in 2021, despite some opposition.

Uniform history

Phoenix Suns uniforms

1968–1973: Original uniforms

The Phoenix Suns’ primary colors for their uniforms were purple, and orange after the NBA awarded the Phoenix metropolitan area a franchise in 1968. A futuristic “Phoenix” wordmark, block numbers, and letters with purple and white accents were all part of the initial uniforms. The shorts also had an orange sunburst emblem on the sides.

1973–1992: Western look

For the 1973–74 season, the Suns made some changes to their attire. Only the text and numbers from the original jerseys were modified, leaving the fundamental template alone. A Western-style font was used for the “Phoenix” wordmark and numbers, with a few adjustments made to how the player’s name was shown on the back.

1992–2000: Streaking Sun look

1992–2000 Streaking Sun look

The Suns updated their appearance in time for the 1992–1993 season when they relocated to the America West Arena. The “Streaking Sun” logo with “Suns” on top and the number at the bottom is currently on the home white and away purple shirts.

On the left leg of the shorts, the word “Phoenix” is inscribed diagonally in orange letters. The Suns unveiled a black alternate uniform with the same template before the 1994–95 season.

2000–2013: Seven Seconds or Less look

2000–2013 Seven Seconds or Less look

The Suns’ uniforms underwent a redesign to a more straightforward design before the 2000–01 season. The name “Suns” and the numbers are in purple with orange trim on the white home uniform, and there are purple side stripes as well.

The word “Phoenix” and the numbers are in white with orange trim on the purple road uniform, which also features grey side stripes. Prior to the 2003–04 season, an orange alternate uniform with the letters “PHX” and the numbers in white with purple trim and grey side stripes emerged.

Up to the 2005–06 season, all three kits had the players’ numbers on the left leg and the redesigned “Streaking Sun” alternate emblem on the stripes.

2013–2017: Updated Streaking Sun look

The Suns revamped their uniforms for the 2013-14 season, looking to revive their former “Western” Uniforms. The home whites featured orange with black trim, while the purple road uniforms featured “Phoenix” In white with orange trim, both with orange numbers.

There was also a gray-sleeved alternate uniform, and a black alternate uniform was added prior to the 2015-16 season.

2017–present: Switch to Nike

Phoenix Suns uniforms Switch to Nike

The Phoenix Suns have undergone a drastic uniform change for the 2017-2018 season, returning to their classic “Streaking Sun” Logo and purple color scheme. The home and away uniforms were eliminated in favor of 3 different uniforms – the white “Association” Uniform, the primary color “Icon” Uniform, and the secondary color “Statement” Uniform.

Los Suns special uniforms

The Suns have been wearing “Los Suns” Uniforms in honor of their Latin American fans since 2007. This commemorative uniform features the flags of Latin American countries on the orange stripes in place of the original orange stripes.

The “Los Suns” Uniforms were first used during the 2010 NBA playoffs and were widely reported to be a protest of Arizona’s illegal immigration law. After the 2013 rebrand, the Suns introduced a modified version of their purple uniforms with “Los Suns” In place of “Phoenix”.

This version lasted until 2017. For 2018, Nike added a fourth uniform option, the “City” Uniform. The Suns used the occasion to unveil a new version of the “Los Suns” Uniform, albeit using only purple, grey and white.

2020–21 NBA City Edition

The Phoenix valley region is celebrated in the 2020-21 Nike NBA Suns City Edition uniform. The pixelated landscape of Camelback Mountain inspired the design, which is based on a geographical identifier of the Valley region.

Mascot

The Suns Gorilla

The Suns Gorilla

The Sun’s Gorilla has been a fixture at Phoenix Suns games since the late 1970s. A messenger for Eastern Onion, a singing telegram service, during a game at the Coliseum dressed as a gorilla became an unofficial mascot for the team. Nicknamed “Go”, he has since become well-known for his on-court antics and celebrity appearances.

He was inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame in 2005 and still makes appearances with charities, schools, hospitals and local businesses.

Phoenix Suns stats

Season 2021-22

  • Record: 64-18, Finished 1st in NBA Western Conference
  • Coach: Monty Williams (64-18)
  • Executive: James Jones
  • PTS/G: 114.8 (5th of 30) Opp PTS/G: 107.3 (8th of 30)
  • SRS: 6.94 (2nd of 30) Pace: 99.8 (9th of 30)
  • Off Rtg: 114.8 (4th of 30) Def Rtg: 107.3 (3rd of 30) Net Rtg: +7.5 (1st of 30)
  • Expected W-L: 59-23 (1st of 30)
  • Preseason Odds: Championship +1400, Over-Under 51.5
  • Arena: Phoenix Suns Arena Attendance: 663,171 (19th of 30)

NBA 2022 Playoffs:

  • Won NBA Western Conference First Round (4-2) versus New Orleans Pelicans  (Series Stats)
  • Lost NBA Western Conference Semifinals (3-4) versus Dallas Mavericks  (Series Stats)

Season 2022-23

  • Record: 0-0, 1st in NBA Western Conference
  • Coach: Monty Williams (0-0)
  • Preseason Odds: Championship +900

Phoenix Suns Roster 2022

Number Name Position
0 Torrey Craig Forward
1 Devin Booker Guard
1 Damion Lee Guard-Forward
2 Elfrid Payton Guard
3 Chris Paul Guard
4 Duane Washington Jr. Guard
12 Ish Wainright Forward
14 Landry Shamet Guard
15 Cameron Payne Guard
18 Bismack Biyombo Center
19 Gabriel Lundberg Guard
20 Dario Saric Forward-Center
20 Josh Okogie Guard
22 Deandre Ayton Center
23 Cameron Johnson Forward
25 Mikal Bridges Forward
34 Jock Landale Center
99 Jae Crowder Forward

Phoenix Suns Coach 2022

Name Position
Monty Williams Head Coach
Kevin Young Assistant Head Coach
Randy Ayers Assistant Coach
Michael Ruffin Assistant Coach
Jarrett Jack Assistant Coach
Mark Bryant Assistant Coach
Bryan Gates Assistant Coach
Steve Scalzi Assistant Coach
Brian Randle Assistant Coach
David Crewe Trainer

FAQs

FAQs about Phoenix Suns Overview

Have The Suns Won A Championship?

The Suns have the second-highest winning percentage of any team that has never claimed an NBA championship, ranking them seventh all-time in the NBA. Phoenix has had 11 Hall of Famers on the roster, and Barkley and Nash have both earned NBA Most Valuable Player awards while playing for the team.

Where Do Phoenix Suns Play Basketball?

Talking Stick Resort Arena is a sports and entertainment arena in downtown Phoenix, Arizona and is the home of the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

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