1973–74 Phoenix Suns season

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1973–74 Phoenix Suns season
Head coach John MacLeod
General manager Jerry Colangelo
Owner(s) Richard Bloch
Arena Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Results
Record 30–52 (.366)
Place Division: 4th (Pacific)
Conference: 8th (Western)
Playoff finish Did not qualify

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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The 1973–74 Phoenix Suns season was the sixth for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association. It was the first of 14 seasons head coach John MacLeod spent with Phoenix. The season would also be the last for former All-Star forward/center Connie Hawkins, traded to the Los Angeles Lakers after appearing in nine games for the Suns. Charlie Scott would repeat as an All-Star, but who missed 30 games due to injury despite his NBA career-high 25.4 points a game. The team went on to finish the season 30–52, a career-worst for MacLeod and the franchise's poorest record since their inaugural season.

Dick Van Arsdale averaged 17.8 points on the season, while Neal Walk averaged 16.8 points and a team-high 10.2 rebounds per contest. Keith Erickson, obtained by the Suns along with a future second round pick in the Hawkins trade, enjoyed a career-high 14.6 points a game in his ninth year in the NBA and first with Phoenix.

Van Arsdale was named to the All-Defensive Second Team, while Mike Bantom, a rookie out of Saint Joseph's, was named to the All-Rookie Team.

Offseason[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Main article: 1973 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 8 Mike Bantom Forward  United States Saint Joseph's
2 33 Gary Melchionni Guard  United States Duke
3 42 Joe Reaves Forward  United States Bethel (Tennessee)
3 43 Steve Mitchell Center  United States Kansas State
4 60 Ron Robinson Forward  United States Memphis State
5 77 Clinton Harris Forward  United States Iowa State
6 94 Gene Doyle Center  United States Holy Cross
7 111 Jerry Bisbano Guard  United States Southwestern Louisiana
8 128 Jim Owens Forward  United States Arizona State
9 144 Sandy Smith Guard  United States Winston-Salem
10 158 Claude White Guard  United States Elmhurst
11 170 Lynn Greer Guard  United States Virginia State
12 179 Lyman Williamson Forward  United States Samford
13 186 Kalevi Sarkalahti Forward  Finland Brigham Young

Roster[edit]

Phoenix Suns roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB (Y-M-D) From
F 40 United States Bantom, Mike 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1951-12-03 Saint Joseph's
F 20 United States Calhoun, Corky 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1950-11-01 Pennsylvania
F 24 United States Chamberlain, Bill 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 188 lb (85 kg) 1949-12-16 North Carolina
C 31 United States Christian, Bob 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 255 lb (116 kg) 1946-05-11 Grambling State
G/F 14 United States Erickson, Keith 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1944-04-19 UCLA
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
G 25 United States Melchionni, Gary 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1951-01-19 Duke
G/F 45 United States Owens, Jim 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1950-05-01 Arizona State
G 33 United States Scott, Charlie Injured 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1948-12-15 North Carolina
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
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
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 Bob Christian
PF Corky Calhoun Mike Bantom
SF Keith Erickson Lamar Green
SG Dick Van Arsdale Bill Chamberlain Jim Owens Charlie Scott Injured
PG Gary Melchionni Clem Haskins

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
y-Los Angeles Lakers 47 35 .573 30–11 17–24 14–12
Golden State Warriors 44 38 .537 3 23–18 20–20 1–0 15–11
Seattle SuperSonics 36 46 .439 11 22–19 14–27 12–14
Phoenix Suns 30 52 .366 17 24–17 6–34 0–1 11–15
Portland Trail Blazers 27 55 .329 20 22–19 5–34 0–2 13–13
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Milwaukee Bucks 59 23 .720
2 y-Los Angeles Lakers 47 35 .573 12
3 x-Chicago Bulls 54 28 .659 5
4 x-Detroit Pistons 52 30 .634 7
5 Golden State Warriors 44 38 .537 15
6 Seattle SuperSonics 36 46 .439 23
7 Kansas City–Omaha Kings 33 49 .402 26
8 Phoenix Suns 30 52 .366 29
9 Portland Trail Blazers 27 55 .329 32

Game log[edit]

1973–74 game log
Total: 30–52 (Home: 24–17; Road: 6–35)
1973–74 season schedule

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Star[edit]

Season[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage  RPG  Rebounds per game
 APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game  BPG  Blocks per game
 PPG  Points per game

Season[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Mike Bantom 76 37 26.1 .399 .662 6.8 2.1 .7 .6 10.1
Corky Calhoun 77 54 28.7 .461 .760 5.3 1.8 .9 .4 8.2
Bill Chamberlain 28 1 13.1 .438 .696 2.9 1.3 .7 .4 5.5
Bob Christian 81 1 15.4 .486 .702 4.2 1.2 .2 .4 4.8
Keith Erickson* 66 48 30.8 .477 .801 6.3 3.1 1.0 .3 14.6
Lamar Green 72 20 15.3 .407 .559 4.9 0.6 .4 .5 4.1
Clem Haskins 81 20 22.5 .460 .842 2.7 3.2 1.0 .2 11.1
Connie Hawkins* 8 7 27.9 .486 .667 5.4 3.5 1.0 .4 11.3
Gary Melchionni 69 15 18.1 .460 .860^ 2.1 2.1 .6 .1 7.2
Jim Owens 17 0 5.9 .538 .786 0.5 0.9 .3 .0 3.1
Joe Reaves* 7 0 5.4 .545 .364 1.1 0.1 .0 .3 2.3
Charlie Scott 52 51 38.5+ .459 .781 4.3 5.2+ 1.9+ .4 25.4+
Dick Van Arsdale 78 76 36.3+ .500 .853^ 2.8 4.2+ 1.2+ .2 17.8+
Neal Walk 82 80 31.1 .460 .791 10.2 4.0 .9 .7 16.8

* - Stats with the Suns.
† - Minimum 560 field goal attempts.
^ - Minimum 160 free throw attempts.
+ - Minimum 70 games played.

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

October 8, 1973
To Atlanta Hawks---- To Phoenix Suns----
October 9, 1973
To Capital Bullets---- To Phoenix Suns----
October 30, 1973
To Los Angeles Lakers---- To Phoenix Suns----
January 24, 1974
To Golden State Warriors---- To Phoenix Suns----

Free agents[edit]