1972–73 Phoenix Suns season

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1972–73 Phoenix Suns season
Head coach Butch Van Breda Kolff,
Jerry Colangelo
General manager Jerry Colangelo
Owner(s) Richard Bloch
Arena Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Results
Record 38–44 (.463)
Place Division: 3rd (Pacific)
Conference: 6th (Western)
Playoff finish Did not qualify

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Radio KTAR
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The 1972–73 Phoenix Suns season was the fifth for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association. The season began under head coach Butch Van Breda Kolff for the first seven games, before Jerry Colangelo finished coaching duties for the team. All home games were played at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Charlie Scott had played in six games for the Suns one season ago, after a late-season switch to the NBA from the ABA, and his first full season with the Suns was arguably his best. Scott was named to his first NBA All-Star Team, joining teammate Connie Hawkins, who was selected to his fourth and final All-Star Game of his NBA career. In addition to Scott leading the Suns with his 6.1 assist per game average, his 2,048-season-point total was fifth in the league (and the only 2,000+-point season of his career). His average of 25.3 points per contest was sixth-best in the NBA. Center Neal Walk averaged career-bests in both points and rebounds, averaging 20.2 and 12.5 on the season. Walk's rebounding average was just shy of Paul Silas's franchise record of 12.5. Dick Van Arsdale averaged 18.4 points on the season, while Connie Hawkins contributed 16.1 per contest.

Offseason[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Main article: 1972 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 4 David "Corky" Calhoun Forward  United States Pennsylvania
3 33 Scott English Forward  United States Texas El-Paso
3 34 Don Buse Guard  United States Evansville
3 42 Claude Terry Guard  United States Stanford
4 59 Matt Gantt Forward  United States St. Bonaventure
5 75 Wardell Dyson Center  United States Shaw
6 92 Charles Edge Forward  United States LeMoyne-Owen
7 109 Bernie Fryer Guard  United States Brigham Young
8 125 Russell Golden Forward  United States Jackson State
9 140 Bill Kennedy Guard  United States Arizona State
10 153 Al Vilcheck Center  United States Louisville
11 164 John Belcher Center  United States Arkansas State
12 172 Mark Soderberg Center  United States Utah
13 179 Kelly Utley Guard  United States Shaw
14 186 Ray Golson Forward  United States West Texas State

Roster[edit]

Phoenix Suns roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB (Y-M-D) From
F 20 United States Calhoun, Corky 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1950-11-01 Pennsylvania
F 14 United States English, Scott 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1947-01-13 Stanford
F 16 United States Green, Lamar 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1947-03-22 Morehead State
G 11 United States Haskins, Clem 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1943-07-11 Western Kentucky
F/C 42 United States Hawkins, Connie 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1942-07-17 Iowa
G 1 United States Layton, Dennis 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1948-12-24 Southern California
G 33 United States Scott, Charlie 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1948-12-15 North Carolina
G/F 23 United States Stovall, Paul 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1948-08-16 Arizona State
G/F 5 United States Van Arsdale, Dick 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1943-02-22 Indiana
C 41 United States Walk, Neal 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1948-07-29 Florida
C 31 United States Wesley, Walt 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1945-01-25 Kansas
Head coach


Athletic trainer(s)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Neal Walk Walt Wesley
PF Connie Hawkins
SF Lamar Green Corky Calhoun Scott English
SG Dick Van Arsdale Clem Haskins Paul Stovall
PG Charlie Scott Mo Layton

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
y-Los Angeles Lakers 60 22 .732 30–11 28–11 2–0 22–4
x-Golden State Warriors 47 35 .573 13 27–14 18–20 2–1 14–12
Phoenix Suns 38 44 .463 22 22–19 15–25 1–0 14–12
Seattle SuperSonics 26 56 .317 34 16–25 10–29 0–2 9–17
Portland Trail Blazers 21 61 .256 39 13–28 8–32 0–1 6–20
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT
1 z-Milwaukee Bucks 60 22 .732
2 y-Los Angeles Lakers 60 22 .732
3 x-Chicago Bulls 51 31 .622
4 x-Golden State Warriors 47 35 .573
5 Detroit Pistons 40 42 .488
6 Phoenix Suns 38 44 .463
7 Kansas City–Omaha Kings 36 46 .439
8 Seattle SuperSonics 26 56 .317
9 Portland Trail Blazers 21 61 .256


Game log[edit]

1972–73 game log
Total: 38–44 (Home: 22–19; Road: 16–25)
1972–73 season schedule

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Star[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game
 PPG  Points per game

Season[edit]

Player GP MPG FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
Corky Calhoun 82 24.7 .469 .740 4.1 0.9 6.0
Scott English 29 6.8 .387 .724 1.5 0.5 3.2
Lamar Green 80 25.6 .431 .754 9.3 1.1 6.7
Clem Haskins 77 20.5 .464 .833 2.2 2.6 10.5
Connie Hawkins 75 36.9 .479 .797 8.5 4.1 16.1
Gus Johnson* 21 19.9 .381 .694 6.5 1.5 7.8
Mo Layton 65 15.2 .431 .756 1.2 2.1 7.1
Charlie Scott 81 37.8 .446 .784 4.2 6.1 25.3
Paul Stovall 25 8.4 .342 .632 2.4 0.5 3.0
Dick Van Arsdale 81 36.8 .476 .859 4.0 3.3 18.4
Neal Walk 81 38.4 .466 .786 12.4 3.5 20.2
Walt Wesley* 45 8.1 .406 .529 2.5 0.5 3.2

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

April 7, 1972
To Houston Rockets---- To Phoenix Suns----
April 10, 1972
To Baltimore Bullets---- To Phoenix Suns----
September 19, 1972
To Los Angeles Lakers---- To Phoenix Suns----
October 10, 1972
To Philadelphia 76ers---- To Phoenix Suns----
November 22, 1972
To Cleveland Cavaliers---- To Phoenix Suns----

Free agents[edit]