2001–02 Phoenix Suns season

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2001–02 Phoenix Suns season
Head coach Scott Skiles,
Frank Johnson
General manager Bryan Colangelo
Owner(s) Jerry Colangelo
Arena America West Arena
Results
Record 36–46 (.439)
Place Division: 6th (Pacific)
Conference: 10th (Western)
Playoff finish Did not qualify

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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The 2001–02 Phoenix Suns season was the 34th season for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association. The Suns would gain a new point guard in Stephon Marbury but the success of season's past were never found. Head coach Scott Skiles struggled to a 25–26 record before being replaced by Frank Johnson. The Suns finished the regular season at 36–46, missing the playoffs for the first time since 1988. All home games were played at America West Arena.

Before the season began, the Suns were involved in a trade with the New Jersey Nets, which included trading Jason Kidd and replacing him with Marbury. The new Suns point guard would lead the team in scoring at 20.4 points per game, becoming the first Suns player to average 20 or more a game since Kevin Johnson during the 1996–97 season. Shawn Marion increased his scoring as well, averaging 19.1 per game. Rodney Rogers and Tony Delk continued to provide the team with scoring off the bench and Anfernee Hardaway returned to appear in 80 games, after being sidelined all but four games the season before, and added 12 points a game. Rookie Joe Johnson, who earned All-Rookie Second Team honors, rounded out a team rich in talent at the guard position. Tom Gugliotta was again plagued by knee injury, starting in just half the season's games.

The season was a disappointment for an organization looking to build a new core of talent. For the first time since the 1987–88 season, the All-Star Game did not feature a Suns player. To complete the season on a low note, a franchise-record of 13 straight playoff appearances was snapped when the Suns failed to qualify for postseason play.

Offseason[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Main article: 2001 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
2 51 Alton Ford Forward  United States Houston

Roster[edit]

Phoenix Suns roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB (Y-M-D) From
G 0 United States Brown, Randy (IN) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1968–05–22 New Mexico State
G 11 United States Crispin, Joe 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1979–07–18 Penn State
F 4 United States Ford, Alton 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 275 lb (125 kg) 1981–05–29 Houston
F 24 United States Gugliotta, Tom Injured 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1969–12–19 North Carolina State
G 1 United States Hardaway, Anfernee 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1971–07–18 Memphis
G 2 United States Johnson, Joe 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1981–06–29 Arkansas
G/F 9 United States Majerle, Dan 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1965–09–09 Central Michigan
G 3 United States Marbury, Stephon 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1977–02–20 Georgia Tech
F 31 United States Marion, Shawn 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1978–05–07 UNLV
F 45 United States Outlaw, Charles 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1971–04–13 Houston
G 10 Belize Palacio, Milt 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1978–02–07 Colorado State
C 25 Georgia (country) Tsakalidis, Jake 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 285 lb (129 kg) 1979–06–10 Georgia (country)
C 43 United States Voskuhl, Jake 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1977–11–01 Connecticut
F 22 United States Wallace, John 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1974–02–09 Syracuse
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Athletic trainer(s)
Strength and conditioning coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Jake Tsakalidis Jake Voskuhl
PF Bo Outlaw Alton Ford Tom Gugliotta Injured
SF Shawn Marion Dan Majerle John Wallace
SG Joe Johnson Penny Hardaway
PG Stephon Marbury Milt Palacio Joe Crispin Randy Brown

Standings[edit]

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Sacramento Kings 61 21 .744 36–5 25–16 15–9
x-Los Angeles Lakers 58 24 .707 3 34–7 24–17 16–8
x-Portland Trail Blazers 49 33 .598 12 30–11 19–22 14–10
x-Seattle SuperSonics 45 37 .549 16 26–15 19–22 13–11
Los Angeles Clippers 39 43 .476 22 25–16 14–27 9–15
Phoenix Suns 36 46 .439 25 23–18 13–28 12–12
Golden State Warriors 21 61 .256 40 14–27 7–34 5–19
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Sacramento Kings 61 21 .744
2 y-San Antonio Spurs 58 24 .707 3
3 x-Los Angeles Lakers 58 24 .707 3
4 x-Dallas Mavericks 57 25 .695 4
5 x-Minnesota Timberwolves 50 32 .610 11
6 x-Portland Trail Blazers 49 33 .598 12
7 x-Seattle SuperSonics 45 37 .549 16
8 x-Utah Jazz 44 38 .537 17
9 Los Angeles Clippers 39 43 .476 22
10 Phoenix Suns 36 46 .439 25
11 Houston Rockets 28 54 .341 33
12 Denver Nuggets 27 55 .329 34
13 Memphis Grizzlies 23 59 .280 38
14 Golden State Warriors 21 61 .256 40


Awards and honors[edit]

Week/Month[edit]

  • Shawn Marion was named Western Conference Player of the Month for March.
  • Stephon Marbury was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played November 26 through December 2.
  • Shawn Marion was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played March 25 through March 31.

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
Charlie Bell* 5 0 8.4 .273 .000 1.000# 0.8 0.4 .0 .0 1.6
Jud Buechler* 6 0 9.0 .333 .333 . 1.3 0.5 .2 .0 1.0
Joe Crispin* 15 0 8.6 .411 .429^ 1.000# 0.7 1.6 .3 .0 4.6
Vinny Del Negro 2 0 3.0 .250 . . 0.0 1.0 .0 .0 1.0
Tony Delk* 41 1 21.4 .399 .320 .836 3.0 2.0 .8 .1 10.6
Alton Ford 53 0 8.5 .517 . .737 2.0 0.1 .1 .1 3.1
Tom Gugliotta 44 40 25.7 .422 .333 .757 5.0 1.8 .9 .7 6.5
Penny Hardaway 80 56 30.8 .418 .277 .810 4.4 4.1 1.5 .4 12.0
Joe Johnson* 29 27 31.5 .420 .333 .778 4.1 3.6 .9 .4 9.6
Dan Majerle 65 0 18.2 .343 .336^ .590 2.7 1.4 .7 .2 4.6
Stephon Marbury 82 80 38.9 .442 .286 .781 3.2 8.1 .9 .2 20.4
Shawn Marion 81 81 38.4 .469 .393^ .845# 9.9 2.0 1.8 1.1 19.1
Bo Outlaw* 73 36 24.2 .550 .500^ .417 4.6 1.7 .8 1.1 4.7
Milt Palacio* 28 1 9.7 .380 .143 .783 0.8 1.0 .3 .0 2.8
Rodney Rogers* 50 7 25.1 .466 .350^ .828 4.8 1.4 1.0 .3 12.6
Daniel Santiago 3 0 8.0 .500 . . 2.3 0.7 .0 .3 2.7
Jake Tsakalidis 67 47 23.6 .475 .000 .698 5.6 0.3 .3 1.0 7.3
Jake Voskuhl 59 34 15.3 .554 . .752 4.3 0.3 .2 .4 5.0
John Wallace 46 0 10.7 .435 .385^ .870# 1.8 0.6 .2 .2 5.0

* - Stats with the Suns.
† - Minimum 300 field goals made.
^ - Minimum 55 three-pointers made.
# - Minimum 125 free throws made.

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

July 18, 2001
To Detroit Pistons---- To Phoenix Suns----
July 18, 2001
To New Jersey Nets---- To Phoenix Suns----
October 29, 2001
To Chicago Bulls---- To Phoenix Suns----
November 15, 2001
To Orlando Magic---- To Phoenix Suns----
To Los Angeles Clippers----
February 20, 2002
To Boston Celtics---- To Phoenix Suns----

Free agents[edit]

Additions[edit]

Date Player Contract Former Team
July 6, 2001 Charlie Bell Undisclosed
July 19, 2001 Dan Majerle Signed to 1-year contract for $1 million Miami Heat
August 29, 2001 Daniel Santiago Re-signed to 1-year contract for $465,850 Phoenix Suns
September 27, 2001 Chris Andersen Undisclosed Fayetteville Patriots (NBA DL)
September 27, 2001 Dan McClintock Undisclosed Denver Nuggets
September 27, 2001 Derek Hood Undisclosed Snaidero Udine (Italy)
September 27, 2001 Kendrick Johnson Undisclosed
January 7, 2002 Joe Crispin Signed for rest of season Southern California Surf (ABA)

Subtractions[edit]

Date Player Reason Left New Team
September 28, 2001 Johnny Newman Waived Dallas Mavericks
October 7, 2001 Chris Andersen Waived Denver Nuggets
October 9, 2001 Dan McClintock Waived Skipper Bologna
October 11, 2001 Kendrick Johnson Waived
October 20, 2001 Derek Hood Waived Mobile Revelers (NBA DL)
December 11, 2001 Charlie Bell Waived Phoenix Eclipse (ABA)
January 7, 2002 Daniel Santiago Waived Lottomatica Roma (Italy)

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