1974–75 Phoenix Suns season

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1974–75 Phoenix Suns season
Head coach John MacLeod
General manager Jerry Colangelo
Owner(s) Richard Bloch
Arena Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Results
Record 32–50 (.390)
Place Division: 4th (Pacific)
Conference: 8th (Western)
Playoff finish Did not qualify

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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The 1974–75 Phoenix Suns season was the seventh season for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association. The Suns' roster averaged 2.8 years of professional experience, and included four one-year players in addition to three rookies. Coming off a 30–52 season, the Suns only improved by two games, finishing 32–50 under second-year head coach John MacLeod. All home games were played at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Coming off an All-Star season, guard/forward Charlie Scott led the Suns in both points and assists with averages of 24.3 and 4.5 a game. For Scott, it was the third and final NBA All-Star Game selection of his career. 31-year-old Dick Van Arsdale, the only player remaining from the Suns' inaugural season roster, was second in scoring with a 16.1 average. Fourth-year forward Curtis Perry enjoyed his first season with Phoenix, posting career-highs in both points and rebounds, averaging 13.4 points and a team-high 11.9 rebounds per game.

Offseason[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Main article: 1974 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 4 John Shumate Forward  United States Notre Dame
2 31 Fred Saunders Forward  United States Syracuse
3 40 George Gervin Guard  United States Eastern Michigan
3 49 Earl Williams Center  United States Winston-Salem State
4 58 Randy Allen Guard  United States Indiana (PA)
5 76 Ralph Bobik Guard  United States Creighton
6 94 Collis Temple Forward  United States Louisiana State
7 112 Clyde Dickey Guard  United States Boise State
8 130 Tom Holland Forward  United States Oklahoma
9 148 Ted Evans Forward  United States Oklahoma
10 165 Mark Wasley Forward  United States Arizona State

Roster[edit]

Phoenix Suns roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB (Y-M-D) From
C 21 United States Awtrey, Dennis 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1948-02-22 Santa Clara
F/C 40 United States Bantom, Mike 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1951-12-03 Saint Joseph's
G/F 14 United States Erickson, Keith Injured 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1944-04-19 UCLA
G 32 United States Hawthorne, Nate 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1950-01-15 Southern Illinois
G 24 United States Jackson, Greg 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1952-08-02 Guilford
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
F 18 United States Perry, Curtis 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1948-09-13 Missouri State
F 30 United States Saunders, Fred 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1951-06-13 Syracuse
G 33 United States Scott, Charlie 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1948-12-15 North Carolina
F/C 34 United States Shumate, John Injured (IN) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1952-04-06 Notre Dame
G/F 5 United States Van Arsdale, Dick 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1943-02-22 Indiana
F/C 55 United States Williams, Earl 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1951-03-24 Winston-Salem State
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 Dennis Awtrey Earl Williams
PF Mike Bantom John Shumate Injured
SF Curtis Perry Fred Saunders Keith Erickson Injured
SG Dick Van Arsdale Nate Hawthorne Jim Owens
PG Charlie Scott Gary Melchionni Greg Jackson

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Golden State Warriors 48 34 .585 31–10 17–24 19–11
x-Seattle SuperSonics 43 39 .524 5 24–16 19–23 18–12
Portland Trail Blazers 38 44 .463 10 29–13 9–31 16–14
Phoenix Suns 32 50 .390 16 22–19 10–31 12–18
Los Angeles Lakers 30 52 .366 18 21–20 9–32 10–20
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Golden State Warriors 48 34 .585
2 y-Chicago Bulls 47 35 .573 1
3 x-Kansas City–Omaha Kings 44 38 .537 4
4 x-Seattle SuperSonics 43 39 .524 5
5 x-Detroit Pistons 40 42 .488 8
6 Portland Trail Blazers 38 44 .463 10
6 Milwaukee Bucks 38 44 .463 10
8 Phoenix Suns 32 50 .390 16
9 Los Angeles Lakers 30 52 .366 18


Game log[edit]

1974–75 game log
Total: 32–50 (Home: 22–19; Road: 10–31)
1974–75 season schedule

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Star[edit]

  • Charlie Scott was selected as a reserve for the Western Conference in the All-Star Game, which was played in Phoenix for the first time. Scott finished third in voting among Western Conference guards with 40,736 votes. It was his third consecutive All-Star selection.
  • Other Suns players who received All-Star votes were Keith Erickson (23,171), Curtis Perry (22,574), and Dick Van Arsdale (19,395).

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
Dennis Awtrey 82 73 34.6 .470 .677 8.6 4.2 .7 .6 9.9
Mike Bantom 82 50 27.3 .461 .714 6.7 1.9 .8 .6 12.5
Corky Calhoun* 13 0 8.3 .375 .933^ 2.5 0.3 .5 .2 2.9
Keith Erickson 49 24 30.0 .425 .833^ 5.0 3.5 1.0 .2 12.3
Nate Hawthorne 50 2 12.4 .411 .649 1.8 0.8 .6 .4 5.9
Greg Jackson 44 18 17.6 .416 .581 1.5 2.1 .5 .2 4.0
Gary Melchionni 68 29 22.5 .430 .809 2.8 2.3 .7 .2 8.5
Jim Owens 41 5 10.5 .386 .750 1.0 1.2 .4 .0 3.0
Curtis Perry 79 78 34.0 .477 .719 11.9 2.4 1.4 1.0 13.4
Fred Saunders 69 12 15.3 .433 .695 3.7 1.2 .6 .2 6.1
Charlie Scott 69 60 37.6 .441 .781 4.0 4.5 1.6 .3 24.3
Dick Van Arsdale 70 50 34.6 .470 .832 2.7 2.8 1.2 .2 16.1
Earl Williams 79 9 13.2 .414 .437 5.8 1.2 .4 .4 4.7

* - Stats with the Suns.
^ - Minimum 125 free throws made.

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

September 6, 1974
To Washington Bullets---- To Phoenix Suns----
September 16, 1974
To New Orleans Jazz---- To Phoenix Suns----
November 27, 1974
To Los Angeles Lakers---- To Phoenix Suns----

Free agents[edit]