2002–03 Phoenix Suns season

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2002–03 Phoenix Suns season
Head coach Frank Johnson
General manager Bryan Colangelo
Owner(s) Jerry Colangelo
Arena America West Arena
Results
Record 44–38 (.537)
Place Division: 4th (Pacific)
Conference: 8th (Western)
Playoff finish Lost in first round to San Antonio (2–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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The 2002–03 Phoenix Suns season was the 35th for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association. Frank Johnson returned as head coach, posting eight additional wins from the previous season to finish at 44–38. The Suns returned to the playoffs after snapping a streak of 13 seasons in a row the year before, a franchise record, and were supplanted by the play of rookie high school draft pick Amar'e Stoudemire. America West Arena hosted Suns home games.

Point guard Stephon Marbury and forward Shawn Marion provided a pair of 20–20 scorers, with Marbury leading the team at 22.3 points per game. The versatile Marion finished the season third in the league in minutes played, behind Allen Iverson and Kobe Bryant, and third in steals per game while Marbury finished fourth in the NBA in assists per game. The 20-year-old Stoudemire was drafted to balance out a team that had been deep at the guard position in years past, averaging 13.5 points as a power forward per game and grabbing nearly nine rebounds per game (although Marion again was tops with 9.5). Marion would earn a trip to the All-Star Game and Marbury ended the season a member of the All-NBA Third Team.

The Suns earned the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot and were matched against the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs. The Suns won Game 1 on the road, 96–95, but lost the series to the eventual league champions, four games to two.

In Stoudemire, who earned All-Rookie First Team honors and became the first high school draft pick to become NBA Rookie of the Year, the Suns had drafted an athletic big man to join the equally athletic Marion for the coming seasons.

Offseason[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Main article: 2002 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 9 Amar'e Stoudemire Forward  United States
1 22 Casey Jacobsen Guard  United States Stanford

Roster[edit]

Phoenix Suns roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB (Y-M-D) From
G 0 United States Brown, Randy Injured 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1968–05–22 New Mexico State
F 4 United States Ford, Alton Injured 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 275 lb (125 kg) 1981–05–29 Houston
F 24 United States Gugliotta, Tom 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/F 23 United States Jacobsen, Casey 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1981–03–19 Stanford
G 2 United States Johnson, Joe 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1981–06–29 Arkansas
F 14 United States Langhi, Dan 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1977–11–28 Vanderbilt
G 3 United States Marbury, Stephon (C) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1977–02–20 Georgia Tech
F 31 United States Marion, Shawn (C) 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
F/C 32 United States Stoudemire, Amar'e (C) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1982–11–16 Cypress Creek HS
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
C 47 United States Williams, Scott 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1968–03–21 North Carolina
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 Scott Williams Jake Voskuhl Jake Tsakalidis
PF Amar'e Stoudemire Bo Outlaw Tom Gugliotta
Dan Langhi
Alton Ford Injured
SF Shawn Marion Casey Jacobsen
SG Penny Hardaway Joe Johnson
PG Stephon Marbury Randy Brown Injured

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Sacramento Kings 59 23 .720 35–6 24–17 17–7
x-Los Angeles Lakers 50 32 .610 9 31–10 19–22 15–9
x-Portland Trail Blazers 50 32 .610 9 27–14 23–18 15–9
x-Phoenix Suns 44 38 .537 15 30–11 14–27 12–12
Seattle SuperSonics 40 42 .488 19 25–16 15–26 11–13
Golden State Warriors 38 44 .463 21 24–17 14–27 8–16
Los Angeles Clippers 27 55 .329 32 16–25 11–30 6–18


# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-San Antonio Spurs 60 22 .732
2 y-Sacramento Kings 59 23 .720 1
3 x-Dallas Mavericks 60 22 .732
4 x-Minnesota Timberwolves 51 31 .622 9
5 x-Los Angeles Lakers 50 32 .610 10
6 x-Portland Trail Blazers 50 32 .610 10
7 x-Utah Jazz 47 35 .573 13
8 x-Phoenix Suns 44 38 .537 16
9 Houston Rockets 43 39 .524 17
10 Seattle SuperSonics 40 42 .488 20
11 Golden State Warriors 38 44 .463 22
12 Memphis Grizzlies 28 54 .341 32
13 Los Angeles Clippers 27 55 .329 33
14 Denver Nuggets 17 65 .207 43


Playoffs[edit]

Game log[edit]

2003 playoff game log
2003 playoff schedule

Awards and honors[edit]

Week/Month[edit]

  • Amar'e Stoudemire was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month for January.
  • Amar'e Stoudemire was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month for April.
  • Frank Johnson was named Western Conference Coach of the Month for December.
  • Stephon Marbury was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played November 24 through November 30.
  • Stephon Marbury was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played January 5 through January 11.
  • Shawn Marion was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played April 7 through April 13.

All-Star[edit]

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
Randy Brown 32 0 8.2 .372 . .750 0.8 1.1 .5 .1 1.3
Alton Ford 11 0 2.8 .333 . .333 0.5 0.1 .0 .0 0.6
Tom Gugliotta 27 11 16.6 .455 .000 1.000^ 3.7 1.1 .5 .2 4.8
Penny Hardaway 58 51 30.6 .447 .356 .794 4.4 4.1 1.1 .4 10.6
Casey Jacobsen 72 0 15.9 .373 .315 .686 1.2 1.0 .5 .1 5.1
Joe Johnson 82 34 27.5 .397 .366 .774 3.2 2.6 .8 .2 9.8
Dan Langhi 60 0 9.0 .401 .290 .600 1.5 0.4 .3 .1 3.1
Stephon Marbury 81 81 40.0 .439 .301 .803 3.2 8.1 1.3 .2 22.3
Shawn Marion 81 81 41.6 .452 .387 .851^ 9.5 2.4 2.3 1.2 21.2
Bo Outlaw 80 20 22.5 .550 .000 .621 4.6 1.4 .6 .9 4.7
Amar'e Stoudemire 82 71 31.3 .472 .200 .661 8.8 1.0 .8 1.1 13.5
Jake Tsakalidis 33 27 16.5 .452 . .672 3.7 0.4 .2 .5 4.9
Jake Voskuhl 65 1 14.6 .564 . .667 3.5 0.6 .3 .4 3.8
Scott Williams 69 33 12.6 .411 .000 .786 2.8 0.3 .4 .3 4.0

† - Minimum 300 field goals made.
^ - Minimum 125 free throws made.

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Tom Gugliotta 2 0 5.0 .500 . .500 1.0 0.0 .0 .0 2.5
Penny Hardaway 6 6 40.7 .386 .360^ .722 6.0 4.3 2.2 .8 12.7
Casey Jacobsen 6 0 6.5 .200 .400^ .000 0.5 0.3 .5 .0 1.0
Joe Johnson 6 0 27.3 .275 .154 .400 4.3 1.3 .7 .3 5.3
Stephon Marbury 6 6 45.2 .375 .227 .758 4.0 5.7 1.2 .0 22.0
Shawn Marion 6 6 47.2 .374 .321 .846 11.7 2.0 1.8 1.8 18.5
Bo Outlaw 6 0 11.7 .100 . .500 2.2 0.8 .2 .2 0.7
Amar'e Stoudemire 6 6 33.8 .523 1.000^ .571 7.8 1.2 1.7 1.5 14.2
Jake Voskuhl 6 0 16.3 .706 . .923# 3.7 0.3 .7 .7 6.0
Scott Williams 6 6 13.8 .344 . 1.000# 2.5 0.2 .7 .5 4.0

† - Minimum 20 field goals made.
^ - Minimum 5 three-pointers made.
# - Minimum 10 free throws made.

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