2007–08 Phoenix Suns season

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2007–08 Phoenix Suns season
Head coach Mike D'Antoni
General manager Steve Kerr
Owner(s) Robert Sarver
Arena US Airways Center
Results
Record 55–27 (.671)
Place Division: 2nd (Pacific)
Conference: 5th (Western)
Playoff finish Lost in first round to San Antonio (1–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television FSN Arizona, KUTP
Radio KTAR
< 2006–07 2008–09 >

The 2007–08 Phoenix Suns season was their 40th season in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The season was seen as the end of the "Seven Seconds or Less" era, after four-time All-Star Shawn Marion was traded midseason to the Miami Heat for big man Shaquille O'Neal.[1] The Suns failed to advance past the first round of the playoffs for the first time since re-signing Steve Nash in 2004, leading to the departure of head coach Mike D'Antoni.

Offseason[edit]

Forward Shawn Marion was set to earn $36 million over the next two seasons, putting the Suns over the salary cap next season and fueling speculations that he, one of the key Suns, may be traded during the offseason.

PG Steve Nash will turn 34 years of age next year and there are concerns that health issues may catch up with him and limit his tremendous impact on the team and on the league. Fans on some blogs[who?] wanted the team to trade up from the 24th and 29th picks in the 2007 NBA Draft to potentially get a young point guard to be Nash's backup and possibly a future replacement. Several top prospects worked out with the Suns (as well as with other NBA teams) leading up to the draft, including Mustafa Shakur from the University of Arizona, PG Gabe Pruitt from USC, as well as Joakim Noah and Chris Richard from the 2007 NCAA Final Four championship team of the University of Florida (Noah and teammate Corey Brewer were in attendance at some of the Suns' playoff games).[1]

Few changes in the core of the team—Leandro Barbosa, Raja Bell, Boris Diaw, Amar'e Stoudemire, Marion and Nash—are expected, but some changes may be made in the supporting cast around them, some of whom (Marcus Banks, Jumaine Jones, Pat Burke, Jalen Rose) either performed below expectations or were underutilized under D'Antoni's system. Fans on some blogs[who?] have been calling for the Suns to make a trade for that one impact player (Kobe Bryant one notable name being mentioned) who will get them over the top, similar to the 1992 trade that brought Charles Barkley to the team and brought the Suns within one three-point shot of Game 7 of the 1993 NBA Finals.

On June 6, former TNT analyst and NBA three-point specialist Steve Kerr was appointed Suns' General Manager and President of Basketball Operations. Kerr is close to team owner Robert Sarver and University of Arizona head men's basketball coach Lute Olson (Kerr's college coach); Kerr is also a part of the Sarver-led investment group that purchased the franchise from Jerry Colangelo.

On June 28, 2007, Spanish guard Rudy Fernández was taken 24th overall in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Suns, who subsequently traded the rights to the pick to the Portland Trail Blazers for cash. SF Alando Tucker of Wisconsin was taken with the 29th pick.

On July 5, 2007, the Suns came to an agreement with former Orlando Magic SF Grant Hill on a one-year $1.8 million deal with a player option for a second season at $2 million. In August 2007, Hill and his wife, R&B vocalist Tamia, purchased a home worth $3.78 million in the exclusive upscale community of Paradise Valley, adjacent to Scottsdale and home to several prominent local residents, including many star players for the Suns, Diamondbacks and the other local sports franchises.

On August 27, Maryland guard D. J. Strawberry (son of former Major League Baseball star Darryl Strawberry) signed a two-year contract with the Suns that included a guaranteed first year and a team option for the second season. Strawberry was drafted with the 59th selection in the second round of the 2007 NBA Draft; in the 2007 NBA Summer League he averaged a league-best 6.4 assists.

NBA Draft[edit]

Main article: 2006 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 24 Rudy Fernández Guard  Spain
1 29 Alando Tucker Forward  United States Wisconsin
2 59 D. J. Strawberry Guard  United States Maryland

Season[edit]

The Suns won at least 50 games for the fourth straight season and faced the defending champion San Antonio Spurs in the playoffs for the third time in four years. Even with the presence of Shaquille O'Neal who was traded to the team just before the All-Star break for Shawn Marion, the Suns were yet again eliminated, this time in five games.[2] Just days after the loss Steve Kerr allowed Mike D'Antoni to pursue coaching positions elsewhere and he was subsequently signed as the head coach of the New York Knicks less than two weeks later.[3]

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) 202 lb (92 kg) 1982-11-28 Brazil
G 19 United States Virgin Islands Bell, Raja 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1976-09-19 Florida International
F 3 France Diaw, Boris 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1982-04-16 France
G/F 2 Croatia Giriček, Gordan 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1977-06-20 Croatia
F 33 United States Hill, Grant 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1972-10-05 Duke
F 43 United States Johnson, Linton 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1980-06-13 Tulane
F/C 4 New Zealand Marks, Sean 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1975-08-23 California
G 13 Canada Nash, Steve (C) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 178 lb (81 kg) 1974-02-07 Santa Clara
C 32 United States O'Neal, Shaquille 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 325 lb (147 kg) 1972-03-16 LSU
G/F 52 United States Piatkowski, Eric 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1970-09-30 Nebraska
F/C 54 United States Skinner, Brian 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 255 lb (116 kg) 1976-05-19 Baylor
F/C 1 United States Stoudemire, Amar'e 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 249 lb (113 kg) 1982-11-16 Cypress Creek HS
G 8 United States Strawberry, D. J. 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 201 lb (91 kg) 1985-06-15 Maryland
F 29 United States Tucker, Alando 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1984-02-11 Wisconsin
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 Shaquille O'Neal Brian Skinner Sean Marks
PF Amar'e Stoudemire Boris Diaw
SF Grant Hill Gordan Giriček Linton Johnson
Alando Tucker
SG Raja Bell Leandro Barbosa Eric Piatkowski
PG Steve Nash D. J. Strawberry

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 12–4
x-Phoenix Suns 55 27 .671 2 30–11 25–16 10–6
Golden State Warriors 48 34 .585 9 27–14 21–20 10–6
Sacramento Kings 38 44 .463 19 26–15 12–29 3–13
Los Angeles Clippers 23 59 .284 34 13–28 10–31 5–11


2007–08 game log

Playoffs[edit]

2008 playoff game log
2008 playoff schedule

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
Marcus Banks* 24 1 12.9 .404 .385 .750 0.8 1.0 .3 .3 5.2
Leandro Barbosa 82 12 29.5 .462 .389 .822 2.8 2.6 .9 .2 15.6
Raja Bell 75 75 35.3+ .421 .401 .868 3.7 2.2 .7 .4 11.9
Boris Diaw 82 19 28.1 .477 .317 .744 4.6 3.9 .7 .5 8.8
Gordan Giriček* 22 0 20.1 .497 .380 .941# 2.3 1.6 .4 .1 8.8
Grant Hill 70 68 31.7 .503 .317 .867 5.0 2.9 .9+ .8 13.1
Linton Johnson* 6 0 8.8 .500 .500^ . 2.2 0.5 .0 .2 2.5
Shawn Marion* 47 47 36.4+ .526 .347 .713 9.9+ 2.1 2.0+ 1.5 15.8
Sean Marks 19 0 6.8 .535 .250 .632 1.9 0.2 .2 .5 3.1
Steve Nash 81 81 34.3 .504 .470^ .906# 3.5 11.1 .7 .1 16.9
Shaquille O'Neal* 28 28 28.7 .611 . .513 10.6+ 1.7 .5 1.2 12.9
Eric Piatkowski 16 0 7.1 .364 .423 1.000# 0.8 0.6 .0 .1 2.4
Brian Skinner 66 0 12.8 .465 .667^ .524 3.6 0.2 .3 1.2 3.3
Amar'e Stoudemire 79 79 33.9 .590 .161 .805 9.1 1.5 .8 2.1 25.2
D. J. Strawberry 33 0 8.2 .315 .240 .474 0.8 0.9 .4 .2 2.2
Alando Tucker 6 0 8.0 .364 .250 .833 1.3 0.0 .0 .2 3.7

* - Stats with the Suns.
+ - Minimum 70 games played or 2000 minutes, 800 rebounds, 125 steals.
† - Minimum 300 field goals made.
^ - Minimum 55 three-pointers made.
# - Minimum 125 free throws made.

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Leandro Barbosa 5 1 28.6 .345 .222 .909 4.0 1.8 .6 .0 10.4
Raja Bell 5 5 43.0 .568 .650 .813 5.6 2.2 .4 .2 13.6
Boris Diaw 5 2 35.6 .547 .000 .500 5.6 4.6 .6 .8 14.6
Gordan Giriček 5 0 16.0 .333 .250 1.000# 1.4 0.4 .4 .0 16.0
Grant Hill 3 2 22.7 .455 . 1.000# 5.3 1.0 .7 .3 3.7
Sean Marks 1 0 3.0 . . . 0.0 0.0 .0 .0 0.0
Steve Nash 5 5 36.6 .457 .300 .917# 2.8 7.8 .4 .2 16.2
Shaquille O'Neal 5 5 30.0 .440 . .500 9.2 1.0 1.0 2.6 15.2
Eric Piatkowski 1 0 2.0 . . . 0.0 0.0 .0 .0 0.0
Brian Skinner 4 0 5.3 .500 . .500 0.8 0.0 .0 .8 2.0
Amar'e Stoudemire 5 5 40.8 .485 .250 .633 9.0 0.4 1.4 2.4 23.2
D. J. Strawberry 1 0 5.0 .000 .000 . 1.0 0.0 .0 .0 0.0

# - Minimum 10 free throws made.

Awards and records[edit]

Records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Transactions[edit]

The Suns have been involved in the following transactions during the 2007-08 season.

Trades[edit]

July 11, 2007 To Phoenix Suns----Cash considerations To Portland Trail Blazers----James Jones and draft rights to Rudy Fernández
July 20, 2007 To Phoenix Suns----Second round draft pick (2008) To Seattle SuperSonics----Kurt Thomas and 2 first round picks (2008, 2010)
February 6, 2008
To Phoenix Suns ----Shaquille O'Neal To Miami Heat ----Shawn Marion & Marcus Banks

Free Agents[edit]

Player Former team
Grant Hill Orlando Magic
Gordan Giricek Philadelphia 76ers
Player New team
Pat Burke Golden State Warriors (was released and sent to Khimki BC)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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