2003–04 Phoenix Suns season

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2003–04 Phoenix Suns season
Head coach Frank Johnson,
Mike D'Antoni
General manager Bryan Colangelo
Owner(s) Jerry Colangelo
Arena America West Arena
Results
Record 29–53 (.354)
Place Division: 6th (Pacific)
Conference: 13th (Western)
Playoff finish Did not qualify

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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The 2003–04 Phoenix Suns season was the 36th for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association. After advancing to the playoffs the previous season, the Suns started off to a disappointing start under head coach Frank Johnson. With the team at 8–13, team management elected to turn to assistant coach Mike D'Antoni to take over for Johnson. Under D'Antoni, the Suns would lose 40 of their next 61 games and miss the playoffs, finishing sixth in the Pacific division with a 29–53 regular season record, the first time since the 1987–88 season the Suns recorded 50 losses or more. The Suns played their home games at America West Arena.

Before the halfway mark of the season, the Suns sent starting point guard Stephon Marbury to the New York Knicks and a lack of offense was felt the rest of the season. The Suns found the injury bug, with reigning Rookie of the Year Amar'e Stoudemire missing nearly 30 games (and the Suns his 20 points and nine rebounds per game), and oft-injured Anfernee Hardaway and Tom Gugliotta sidelined once again with injuries that had plagued the careers of both while playing for the Suns. Power forward Shawn Marion did not repeat as an All-Star, despite ending the season averaging 19 points and 9.3 rebounds per game and finishing second in the league in steals per game. Joe Johnson had a breakthrough year in his third season NBA season, leading the league in minutes played and providing the Suns nearly 17 points a game. The Suns also got younger, at quicker, at the point guard position when Leandro Barbosa was drafted. "The Brazilian Blur" averaged eight points per contest his rookie season.[1]

By trading Marbury, the Suns were without a point guard to lead an improving young core of Stoudemire, Marion, Johnson and Barbosa, all 25 years of age or younger. By shedding the injury-riddled Hardaway and Gugliotta, as well as Marbury, the Suns ended the season with a need for a club leader and money at their disposal.

Offseason[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Main article: 2003 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 17 Žarko Čabarkapa Forward  Serbia and Montenegro

Roster[edit]

Phoenix Suns roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB (Y-M-D) From
G 10 Brazil Barbosa, Leandro 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 176 lb (80 kg) 1982–11–28 Brazil
F 11 Serbia and Montenegro Čabarkapa, Žarko 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1981–05–21 Montenegro
G 12 United States Eisley, Howard Injured 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 177 lb (80 kg) 1972–12–04 Boston College
F 4 United States Harvey, Donnell 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1980–08–26 Florida
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
C 30 Poland Lampe, Maciej 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 275 lb (125 kg) 1985–02–05 Poland
F 31 United States Marion, Shawn (C) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1978–05–07 UNLV
F/C 14 United States McDyess, Antonio 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1974–09–07 Alabama
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 43 United States Voskuhl, Jake Injured 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1977–11–01 Connecticut
F 55 United States White, Jahidi Injured 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 290 lb (132 kg) 1976–02–19 Georgetown
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 Amar'e Stoudemire Maciej Lampe Jake Voskuhl Injured
PF Antonio McDyess Žarko Čabarkapa Jahidi White Injured
SF Shawn Marion Donnell Harvey
SG Joe Johnson Casey Jacobsen
PG Leandro Barbosa Howard Eisley Injured

Standings[edit]

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Los Angeles Lakers 56 26 .683 34–7 22–19 15–9
x-Sacramento Kings 55 27 .671 1 34–7 21–20 16–8
Portland Trail Blazers 41 41 .500 15 25–16 16–25 13–11
Seattle SuperSonics 37 45 .451 19 21–20 16–25 11–13
Golden State Warriors 37 45 .451 19 27–14 10–31 12–12
Phoenix Suns 29 53 .354 27 18–23 11–30 9–15
Los Angeles Clippers 28 54 .341 28 18–23 10–31 8–16


# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Minnesota Timberwolves 58 24 .707
2 y-Los Angeles Lakers 56 26 .683 2
3 x-San Antonio Spurs 57 25 .695 1
4 x-Sacramento Kings 55 27 .671 3
5 x-Dallas Mavericks 52 30 .634 6
6 x-Memphis Grizzlies 50 32 .610 8
7 x-Houston Rockets 45 37 .549 13
8 x-Denver Nuggets 43 39 .524 15
9 Utah Jazz 42 40 .512 16
10 Portland Trail Blazers 41 41 .500 17
11 Seattle SuperSonics 37 45 .451 21
12 Golden State Warriors 37 45 .451 21
13 Phoenix Suns 29 53 .354 29
14 Los Angeles Clippers 28 54 .341 30


Awards and honors[edit]

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
Robert Archibald* 1 0 6.0 .000 . .500 1.0 1.0 .0 .0 1.0
Leandro Barbosa 70 46 21.4 .447 .395 .770 1.8 2.4 1.3 .1 7.9
Žarko Čabarkapa 49 4 11.6 .411 .188 .660 2.0 0.8 .2 .3 4.1
Howard Eisley* 34 0 21.4 .345 .308 .830 1.9 3.4 .8 .1 7.l
Tom Gugliotta* 30 3 10.1 .313 .000 .750 1.9 0.7 .5 .1 2.3
Penny Hardaway* 34 10 25.8 .443 .400 .857# 2.9 2.9 .8 .2 8.7
Donnell Harvey* 36 7 12.2 .473 . .795 2.6 0.4 .4 .4 3.9
Casey Jacobsen 78 13 23.4 .417 .417^ .820 2.6 1.3 .6 .1 6.0
Joe Johnson 82 77 40.6 .430 .305 .750 4.7 4.4+ 1.1 .3 16.7
Brevin Knight* 3 0 6.3 .333 . . 1.0 1.3 1.0 .3 0.7
Maciej Lampe 21 0 10.7 .489 .000 .769 2.4 0.4 .1 .1 4.6
Stephon Marbury* 34 34 41.6+ .432 .314 .795 3.4 8.3+ 1.9 .1 20.8+
Shawn Marion 79 79 40.7+ .440 .340 .851# 9.3 2.7 2.1 1.3+ 19.0+
Antonio McDyess* 24 14 21.1 .484 . .516 5.8 0.7 1.0 .5 5.8
Amar'e Stoudemire 55 53 36.8 .475 .200 .713 9.0 1.4 1.2 1.6+ 20.6+
Cezary Trybański* 4 0 2.5 .000 . . 0.3 0.0 .0 .3 0.0
Jake Voskuhl 66 43 24.3 .507 . .740 5.2 0.9 .6 .4 6.6
Jahidi White* 61 17 14.1 .524 . .500 4.3 0.1 .4 .8 4.3
Scott Williams* 16 10 16.7 .525 1.000^ .692 4.5 0.4 .9 .4 7.3

* - Stats with the Suns.
+ - Minimum 70 games played or 2000 minutes, 400 assists, 100 blocks, 1400 points.
† - Minimum 300 field goals made.
^ - Minimum 55 three-pointers made.
# - Minimum 125 free throws made.

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

June 26, 2003
To San Antonio Spurs---- To Phoenix Suns----
September 30, 2003
To Memphis Grizzlies---- To Phoenix Suns----
November 5, 2003
To Washington Wizards---- To Phoenix Suns----
December 23, 2003
To Orlando Magic---- To Phoenix Suns----
December 26, 2003
To Orlando Magic---- To Phoenix Suns----
January 5, 2004
To New York Knicks---- To Phoenix Suns----
February 19, 2004
To Utah Jazz---- To Phoenix Suns----

Free agents[edit]

Additions[edit]

Date Player Contract Former Team
July 16, 2003 Scott Williams Re-signed to 1-year contract for $1.07 million Phoenix Suns
July 22, 2003 Jake Voskuhl Re-signed to 3-year contract for $5.1 million Phoenix Suns
September 23, 2003 Trevor Huffman Undisclosed Brandt Hagen (Germany)
September 23, 2003 William Pippen Undisclosed
September 26, 2003 Nick Sheppard Undisclosed Gary Steelheads (CBA)
September 26, 2003 Ray Weathers Undisclosed Shanghai Sharks (China)
October 1, 2003 DerMarr Johnson Undisclosed Atlanta Hawks
October 8, 2003 Dejan Koturović Undisclosed Virtus Bologna (Italy)

Subtractions[edit]

Date Player Reason Left New Team
September 29, 2003 Alton Ford Free agent Orlando Magic
October 8, 2003 Trevor Huffman Waived Stal Ostrów Wielkopolski (Poland)
October 8, 2003 William Pippen Waived Tokyo Apache (Japan)
October 16, 2003 DerMarr Johnson Waived Long Beach Jam (ABA)
October 23, 2003 Dejan Koturović Waived Tau Cerámica (Spain)
October 23, 2003 Nick Sheppard Waived Beijing Ducks (China)
October 23, 2003 Ray Weathers Waived Dakota Wizards (CBA)
January 6, 2004 Charlie Ward Waived San Antonio Spurs
January 28, 2004 Scott Williams Waived Dallas Mavericks
February 20, 2004 Ben Handlogten Waived Utah Jazz

References[edit]

  1. ^ Frank Zicarelli. "NBA's global games have Brazilian Blur abuzz". TheWhig.com. Retrieved December 14, 2010.