1976–77 Phoenix Suns season

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1976–77 Phoenix Suns season
Head coach John MacLeod
General manager Jerry Colangelo
Owner(s) Richard Bloch
Arena Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Results
Record 34–48 (.415)
Place Division: 5th (Pacific)
Conference: 10th (Western)
Playoff finish Did not qualify

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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The 1976–77 Phoenix Suns season was the ninth season for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association. With injuries limiting the team to only six games with a full roster, the Suns plummeted to the bottom of the Pacific division standings, missing the playoffs after appearing in the Finals just one season prior.[1] The Suns were led by head coach John MacLeod and played all home games in Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Offseason[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Main article: 1976 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 10 Ron Lee Guard  United States Oregon
2 30 Al Fleming Forward  United States Arizona
2 33 Raymond "Butch" Feher Guard  United States Vanderbilt
3 45 Ira Terrell Forward  United States Southern Methodist
4 62 Paul Miller Forward  United States Oregon
5 79 Ralph Walker Guard  United States Saint Mary's (CA)
6 97 Carl Brown Guard  United States Eastern Kentucky
7 115 Brad Warble Forward  United States Eastern Illinois
8 133 Tom DeBerry Guard  United States Northern Arizona
9 150 John Irving Center  United States Hofstra
10 166 Gary Jackson Forward  United States Arizona State

Roster[edit]

Phoenix Suns roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB (Y-M-D) From
F/C 33 United States Adams, Alvan 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1954-07-19 Oklahoma
C 21 United States Awtrey, Dennis Injured 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1948-02-22 Santa Clara
G/F 14 United States Erickson, Keith 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1944-04-19 UCLA
G 7 United States Feher, Butch 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1954-05-19 Vanderbilt
F 24 United States Heard, Garfield Injured 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 219 lb (99 kg) 1948-05-03 Oklahoma
G 30 United States Lee, Ron 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 193 lb (88 kg) 1952-11-02 Oregon
F 18 United States Perry, Curtis Injured 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1948-09-13 Missouri State
C 54 United States Schlueter, Dale 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1945-11-12 Colorado State
G 40 United States Sobers, Ricky 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 198 lb (90 kg) 1953-01-15 UNLV
F 32 United States Terrell, Ira 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1954-06-19 Southern Methodist
G/F 5 United States Van Arsdale, Dick 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1943-02-22 Indiana
G/F 4 United States Van Arsdale, Tom 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 202 lb (92 kg) 1943-02-22 Indiana
G 44 United States Westphal, Paul 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1950-11-30 Southern California
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 Alvan Adams Dale Schlueter Dennis Awtrey Injured
PF Ira Terrell Gar Heard Injured
SF Butch Feher Keith Erickson
Tom Van Arsdale
Curtis Perry Injured
SG Ron Lee Dick Van Arsdale
PG Paul Westphal Ricky Sobers

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Los Angeles Lakers 53 29 .646 37–4 16–25 11–5
x-Portland Trail Blazers 49 33 .598 4 35–6 14–27 10–6
x-Golden State Warriors 46 36 .561 7 29–12 17–24 8–8
Seattle SuperSonics 40 42 .488 13 27–14 13–28 6–10
Phoenix Suns 34 48 .415 19 26–15 8–33 5–11
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Los Angeles Lakers 53 29 .646
2 y-Denver Nuggets 50 32 .610 3
3 x-Portland Trail Blazers 49 33 .598 4
4 x-Golden State Warriors 46 36 .561 7
5 x-Detroit Pistons 44 38 .537 9
6 x-Chicago Bulls 44 38 .537 9
7 Kansas City Kings 40 42 .488 13
7 Seattle SuperSonics 40 42 .488 13
9 Indiana Pacers 36 46 .439 17
10 Phoenix Suns 34 48 .415 19
11 Milwaukee Bucks 30 52 .366 23



Game log[edit]

1976–77 game log
Total: 34–48 (Home: 26–15; Road: 8–33)
1976–77 season schedule

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Star[edit]

  • Paul Westphal was voted as a starter for the Western Conference in the All-Star Game. It was his first All-Star selection. Westphal finished first in voting among Western Conference guards with 163,173 votes.

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
Alvan Adams 72 67 31.6 .474 .754 9.1+ 4.5 1.3 1.2 18.0
Dennis Awtrey 72 26 24.4 .429 .722 4.9 2.5 .3 .4 5.7
Keith Erickson 50 3 19.0 .483 .740 2.9 2.1 .6 .1 6.4
Butch Feher 48 9 10.1 .531+ .768 1.5 0.8 .2 .1 5.2
Garfield Heard 46 35 29.6 .379 .725 9.6+ 1.9 1.2 1.2 9.7
Ron Lee 82 34 22.5 .441 .676 3.6 3.2 1.9 .4 10.2
Curtis Perry 44 42 31.6 .432 .789 9.0 1.8 1.1 .6 10.7
Dale Schlueter 39 0 8.6 .361 .581 2.1 1.0 .2 .2 1.8
Ricky Sobers 79 48 25.4 .496 .841 3.0 3.0 1.2 .2 13.6
Ira Terrell 78 36 22.4 .508 .631 5.0 1.3 .5 .6 8.5
Dick Van Arsdale 78 3 19.7 .456 .873 1.5 1.5 .4 .1 7.7
Tom Van Arsdale 77 28 18.5 .433 .703 2.4 0.9 .3 .0 5.8
Paul Westphal 81 79 32.1 .518+ .825 2.3 5.7 1.7 .3 21.3

+ - Minimum 50 games played.

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

August 25, 1976
To Buffalo Braves---- To Phoenix Suns----
March 18, 1977
To Seattle SuperSonics---- To Phoenix Suns----

Free agents[edit]

Additions[edit]

Date Player Contract Old Team
September 23, 1976 Marv Roberts Undisclosed Virginia Squires (ABA)
December 7, 1976 Dale Schlueter Undisclosed Buffalo Braves

Subtractions[edit]

Date Player Reason Left New Team
August 26, 1976 John Wetzel Retired
September 15, 1976 Paul Miller Waived
September 21, 1976 Pat Riley Retired
October 3, 1976 Carl Brown Waived
October 4, 1976 Al Fleming Waived Indiana Pacers
October 15, 1976 Marv Roberts Waived Los Angeles Lakers
October 15, 1976 Nate Hawthorne Waived
October 15, 1976 Phil Lumpkin Waived

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SUNS: 1976-77". nba.com/history.