1981–82 Phoenix Suns season

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
1981–82 Phoenix Suns season
Head coach John MacLeod
General manager Jerry Colangelo
Owner(s) Richard Bloch
Arena Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Results
Record 46–36 (.561)
Place Division: 3rd (Pacific)
Conference: 4th (Western)
Playoff finish Lost in Semifinals to Los Angeles (0–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Radio KTAR
< 1980–81 1982–83 >

The 1981–82 Phoenix Suns season was the 14th season for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association. The Suns were in the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season, extending a then-franchise record. In the first round, Denver was taken down by the Suns, two games to one. Phoenix would find a tougher opponent, however, in the Western Conference Semifinals, getting swept four games to zero by the eventual league champions, Los Angeles Lakers. The Suns were led by head coach John MacLeod and played all home games in Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Dennis Johnson again earned All-Defensive First Team honors and was the lone All-Star Game participant from the Suns. Additionally, he led the Suns in scoring with his 19.5 points average, a personal career-high. Truck Robinson was not far behind with his 19.1 average, and paired that with rebounding average of 9.7 a game. Fellow big man Alvan Adams brought in 7 rebounds and 15 points a contest.

Offseason[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Main article: 1981 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 20 Larry Nance Forward  United States Clemson
3 62 Sam Clancy Forward  United States Pittsburgh
3 66 Craig Dykema Forward  United States Long Beach State
5 112 Paul Heuerman Center  United States Michigan
6 135 Pete Harris Guard  United States Northeastern
7 158 David Williams Forward  United States Southern
8 180 Steve Risley Forward  United States Indiana
9 200 Brian Johnson Forward  United States Colorado
10 220 Felton Sealey Forward  United States Oregon

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
G/F 7 United States Bradley, Dudley 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1957-03-19 North Carolina
F/C 45 United States Cook, Jeff 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1956-10-21 Idaho State
G/F 6 United States Davis, Walter 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 193 lb (88 kg) 1954-09-09 North Carolina
F 35 United States Dykema, Craig 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1959-06-11 Long Beach State
G 24 United States Johnson, Dennis 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1954-09-18 Pepperdine
C 53 United States Kelley, Rich 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1953-03-23 Stanford
F 50 United States Kramer, Joel 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 203 lb (92 kg) 1955-11-30 San Diego State
G 4 United States Macy, Kyle 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1957-04-09 Kentucky
F/C 22 United States Nance, Larry 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1959-02-12 Clemson
F 21 United States Robinson, Leonard 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1951-10-04 Tennessee State
F 14 United States Scott, Alvin 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1955-09-14 Oral Roberts
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 Rich Kelley Jeff Cook
PF Alvan Adams Larry Nance Joel Kramer
SF Truck Robinson Alvin Scott Craig Dykema
SG Dennis Johnson Walter Davis Dudley Bradley
PG Kyle Macy

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Los Angeles Lakers 57 25 .695 30–11 27–14 21–9
x-Seattle SuperSonics 52 30 .634 5.0 31–10 21–20 18–12
x-Phoenix Suns 46 36 .561 11.0 31–10 15–26 14–16
Golden State Warriors 45 37 .549 12.0 28–13 17–24 15–15
Portland Trail Blazers 42 40 .512 15.0 27–14 15–26 15–15
San Diego Clippers 17 65 .207 40.0 11–30 6–35 7–23
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Los Angeles Lakers 57 25 .695
2 y-San Antonio Spurs 48 34 .585 9
3 x-Seattle SuperSonics 52 30 .634 5
4 x-Denver Nuggets 46 36 .561 11
5 x-Phoenix Suns 46 36 .561 11
6 x-Houston Rockets 46 36 .561 11
7 Golden State Warriors 45 37 .549 12
8 Portland Trail Blazers 42 40 .512 15
9 Kansas City Kings 30 52 .366 27
10 Dallas Mavericks 28 54 .341 29
11 Utah Jazz 25 57 .305 32
12 San Diego Clippers 17 65 .207 40



Playoffs[edit]

Game log[edit]

1982 playoff game log
1982 playoff schedule

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Star[edit]

  • Dennis Johnson was selected as a reserve for the Western Conference in the All-Star Game. Johnson finished fourth in voting among Western Conference guards with 220,914 votes. It was his fourth consecutive All-Star selection.
  • The other Suns player who received All-Star votes was Alvan Adams (134,441).

Season[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point 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% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Alvan Adams 79 75 30.3 .494 .000 .781 7.4 4.5 1.4 1.0 15.1
Dudley Bradley 64 3 14.6 .445 .250 .740 1.4 1.3 1.2 .2 5.1
Jeff Cook 76 22 17.1 .422 .000 .664 4.0 1.3 .5 .3 5.1
Walter Davis 55 12 21.5 .523 .188 .820 1.9 2.9 .8 .1 14.4
Craig Dykema 32 0 3.2 .459 .500^ .778 0.4 0.5 .1 .0 1.3
Dennis Johnson 80 77 36.7 .470 .190 .806 5.1 4.6 1.3 .7 19.5
Rich Kelley 81 39 23.4 .467 .000 .749 6.1 3.6 .8 .9 7.9
Joel Kramer 56 0 9.8 .414 . .786 1.9 0.9 .3 .2 2.6
Kyle Macy 82 72 34.7 .514 .390^ .899 3.2 4.7 1.7 .1 14.2
John McCullough 8 0 2.9 .692 . .600 0.5 0.4 .3 .0 2.6
Larry Nance 80 0 14.8 .521 .000 .641 3.2 1.0 .5 .9 6.6
Truck Robinson 74 72 37.1 .513 1.000^ .687 9.7 2.4 .6 .4 19.1
Alvin Scott 81 38 21.5 .497 .000 .730 3.6 1.8 .7 .9 6.0

† - Minimum 300 field goals made.
^ - Minimum 25 three-pointers made.

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Alvan Adams 7 7 33.3 .522 . .786 7.3 3.7 2.0 1.4 16.9
Dudley Bradley 7 0 3.4 .250 . 1.000^ 0.1 0.7 .1 .1 0.7
Jeff Cook 7 0 6.4 .500 . . 1.3 1.0 .3 .3 1.1
Walter Davis 7 0 24.7 .448 .333 .917 3.1 4.3 .7 .1 18.1
Craig Dykema 6 0 2.0 .167 . . 0.7 0.3 .0 .0 0.3
Dennis Johnson 7 7 38.7 .477 .000 .769 4.4 4.6 2.1 .6 22.3
Rich Kelley 7 7 27.3 .500 . .700 6.9 4.3 .9 .4 9.7
Joel Kramer 4 0 5.0 .714 . .667 1.3 0.3 .3 .0 3.0
Kyle Macy 7 7 34.7 .427 .364 .938^ 3.1 4.0 1.0 .1 13.6
Larry Nance 7 0 18.3 .610 . .500 4.6 1.0 1.4 1.6 7.7
Truck Robinson 7 7 30.4 .563 . .300 7.6 2.7 .7 .1 13.3
Alvin Scott 7 0 18.1 .438 .000 .500 2.3 2.0 1.1 1.9 4.6

† - Minimum 20 field goals made.
^ - Minimum 10 free throws made.

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

June 8, 1981
To Indiana Pacers---- To Phoenix Suns----
October 1, 1981
To Chicago Bulls---- To Phoenix Suns----

Free agents[edit]

Additions[edit]

Date Player Contract Old Team
June 19, 1981 Alvin Scott Re-signed to four-year contract Phoenix Suns
October 26, 1981 John McCullough Undisclosed

Subtractions[edit]

Date Player Reason Left New Team
June 18, 1981 Mike Niles Waived
December 18, 1981 John McCullough Waived Billings Volcanos (CBA)

References[edit]