1984–85 Phoenix Suns season

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1984–85 Phoenix Suns season
Head coach John MacLeod
General manager Jerry Colangelo
Owner(s) Richard Bloch
Arena Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Results
Record 36–46 (.439)
Place Division: 3rd (Pacific)
Conference: 8th (Western)
Playoff finish Lost in first round to L.A. Lakers (0–3)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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The 1984–85 Phoenix Suns season was the 17th season for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association. The Suns were without All-Star Walter Davis for much of the season due to injury. They would be without him in the playoffs, extending a then-franchise record to eight consecutive seasons even though the Suns finished the regular season with the team's first losing record since the 1976–77 season. The Suns' playoff run would not lost long, being swept in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs by the eventual league champions, the Los Angeles Lakers. The team was led by head coach John MacLeod, in his 12th year with the Suns, and played all home games in Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Larry Nance would earn his first career All-Star selection, and led the Suns in scoring for the first time, averaging 20 points per game. He also tied with Maurice Lucas for team leader in rebounds, each averaging 8.8 on the season. Walter Davis was hampered by an injury, starting just nine games on the season and averaging only 15.0 points, while 7-footer James Edwards brought in 14.9 points per game.

Offseason[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Main article: 1984 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 13 Jay Humphries Guard  United States Colorado
2 36 Charles Jones Forward  United States Louisville
3 59 Murray Jarman Forward  United States Clemson
4 82 Jeff Collins Guard  United States UNLV
5 105 Bill Flye Center  United States Richmond
6 128 Herman Veal Forward  United States Maryland
7 151 Raymond Crenshaw Forward  United States Oklahoma State
8 174 Mark Fothergill Forward  United States Maryland
9 196 Buddy Cox Forward  United States Bellarmine
10 218 Ezra Hill Guard  United States Liberty Baptist

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 6 United States Davis, Walter Injured 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 193 lb (88 kg) 1954-09-09 North Carolina
C 53 United States Edwards, James Injured 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1955-11-22 Washington
G 10 United States Foster, Rod 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 160 lb (73 kg) 1960-10-10 UCLA
G 15 United States Holton, Michael 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1961-08-04 UCLA
G 24 United States Humphries, Jay 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1962-10-17 Colorado
F 34 United States Jones, Charles 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1962-01-12 Louisville
F/C 20 United States Lucas, Maurice 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1952-02-18 Marquette
G 4 United States Macy, Kyle 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1957-04-09 Kentucky
F 22 United States Nance, Larry Injured 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1959-02-12 Clemson
F 32 United States Pittman, Charles 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1958-03-23 Maryland
C 8 United States Robey, Rick Injured 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1956-01-30 Kentucky
F 11 United States Sanders, Mike 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1960-05-07 UCLA
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 Alvan Adams Maurice Lucas James Edwards Injured
Rick Robey Injured
PF Charles Pittman Charles Jones Larry Nance Injured
SF Mike Sanders Alvin Scott
SG Jay Humphries Michael Holton Walter Davis Injured
PG Kyle Macy Rod Foster

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Los Angeles Lakers 62 20 .756 28–13 26–15 18–12
x-Portland Trail Blazers 42 40 .512 20 33–8 15–26 17–13
x-Phoenix Suns 36 46 .439 26 32–9 10–31 14–16
Seattle SuperSonics 31 51 .378 31 31–10 10–31 16–14
Los Angeles Clippers 31 51 .378 31 27–14 10–31 13–17
Golden State Warriors 22 60 .268 40 25–16 5–36 12–18
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Los Angeles Lakers 62 20 .756
2 y-Denver Nuggets 52 30 .634 10
3 x-Houston Rockets 48 34 .585 14
4 x-Dallas Mavericks 44 38 .537 18
5 x-Portland Trail Blazers 42 40 .512 20
6 x-Utah Jazz 41 41 .500 21
7 x-San Antonio Spurs 41 41 .500 21
8 x-Phoenix Suns 36 46 .439 26
9 Seattle SuperSonics 31 51 .378 31
9 Los Angeles Clippers 31 51 .378 31
9 Kansas City Kings 31 51 .378 31
12 Golden State Warriors 22 60 .268 40



Playoffs[edit]

Game log[edit]

1985 playoff game log
1985 playoff schedule

Awards and honors[edit]

Week/Month[edit]

  • Larry Nance was named Player of the Week for games played October 26 through November 4.

All-Star[edit]

  • Larry Nance was selected as a reserve for the Western Conference in the All-Star Game. Nance finished fifth in voting among Western Conference forwards with 287,665 votes.
  • Larry Nance competed in the Slam Dunk Contest. Nance, the 1984 Dunk champion, was eliminated in the semifinals.

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 82 69 26.0 .520 . .883 6.1 3.8 1.4 .6 14.7
Walter Davis 23 9 24.8 .450 .300 .877 1.5 4.3 .8 .0 15.0
James Edwards 70 58 25.5 .501 .000 .746 5.5 2.2 .4 .7 14.9
Rod Foster 79 1 16.7 .450 .325 .755 1.0 2.4 .8 .0 8.8
Mike Holton 74 59 23.8 .446 .311 .814 1.8 2.7 .8 .1 8.4
Jay Humphries 80 39 25.8 .446 .200 .829 2.1 4.4 1.3 .1 8.8
Charles Jones 78 14 20.1 .520 .000 .648 5.1 1.6 .6 .8 8.4
Maurice Lucas 63 22 26.5 .476 .000 .750 8.8 2.3 .6 .3 13.4
Kyle Macy 65 52 31.0 .485 .271 .907 2.8 5.8 1.3 .0 11.0
Larry Nance 61 55 36.1 .587 .500 .709 8.8 2.6 1.4 1.7 19.9
Charles Pittman 68 3 14.7 .471 .000 .747 3.3 1.0 .3 .3 4.8
Rick Robey 4 0 12.0 .222 . .500 2.0 1.3 .5 .0 1.3
Mike Sanders 21 11 19.9 .486 . .763 4.2 1.4 1.1 .2 10.2
Alvin Scott 77 18 16.1 .429 .200 .716 2.1 1.6 .5 .3 3.6
Michael Young 2 0 5.5 .333 .000 . 1.0 0.0 .0 .0 2.0

† - Minimum 25 three-pointers made.

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Alvan Adams 3 3 26.3 .500 . .833 5.7 3.7 2.3 .3 17.0
Rod Foster 3 0 18.7 .280 .000 .750 1.0 2.3 1.7 .0 6.7
Mike Holton 3 0 18.3 .474 .000 1.000 0.7 3.0 .0 .0 7.3
Jay Humphries 3 3 30.0 .645 . .750 1.7 5.3 .7 .0 16.3
Charles Jones 2 0 17.0 .600 . 1.000 1.5 1.5 .0 1.5 6.0
Maurice Lucas 3 0 28.0 .468 . .789 11.0 3.3 .7 .7 19.7
Kyle Macy 3 3 28.3 .500 .250 .800 2.7 3.0 2.0 .0 10.3
Charles Pittman 3 3 27.3 .609 . .706 6.3 3.0 .0 1.0 13.3
Mike Sanders 3 3 30.3 .595 . .800 5.0 3.3 1.7 .0 17.3
Alvin Scott 3 0 21.3 .250 .000 .833 2.7 3.3 .3 1.3 3.7

Transactions[edit]

Free agents[edit]

Additions[edit]

Date Player Contract Old Team
September 24, 1984 Michael Holton Undisclosed Puerto Rico Coquis (CBA)
November 27, 1984 Michael Young Undisclosed

Subtractions[edit]

Date Player Reason Left New Team
October 12, 1984 Paul Westphal Waived
December 10, 1984 Michael Young Waived Detroit Spirits (CBA)

References[edit]