2012–13 Phoenix Suns season

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2012–13 Phoenix Suns season
Head coach Alvin Gentry
Lindsey Hunter
General manager Lance Blanks
Owner(s) Robert Sarver
Arena US Airways Center
Results
Record 25–57 (.305)
Place Division: 5th (Pacific)
Conference: 15th (Western)
Playoff finish Did not qualify

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Fox Sports Arizona
Radio KTAR
< 2011–12 2013–14 >

The 2012-13 NBA season was the Suns' 45th season in the NBA.[1] This season will be the first season since the 2003–04 season that the Suns will be without star point guard and former two-time MVP Steve Nash. Ironically enough, Nash was sign-and-traded to the rival Los Angeles Lakers despite Nash making earlier statements that he couldn't really envision himself being an L.A. Laker. Another fan favorite, Grant Hill, would also leave for Los Angeles in this season, but he would sign with the L.A. Clippers instead. By technicality, the player who holds the most experience with the Suns this season is Jermaine O'Neal.

Key dates[edit]

Offseason[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Main article: 2012 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 13 Kendall Marshall Point Guard  United States North Carolina

The Suns will once again only have pick 13 as their only first-round draft pick. The Suns used their only pick to select point guard Kendall Marshall from North Carolina. Marshall was a prolific passer, averaging 8.1 points and 9.8 assists in his last season with the Tar Heels. He also set the ACC[3] & North Carolina University[4] season assist records, as well as winning the Bob Cousy Award for his performance in his sophomore year. Their second-round pick was traded to the Atlanta Hawks for Josh Childress via sign and trade.[5]

Free agency[edit]

Veteran players Grant Hill and Steve Nash, as well as the newly signed Shannon Brown, Michael Redd, and Ronnie Price have all become unrestricted free agents as of the end of the 2011-12 NBA season. Center Robin Lopez has become a restricted free agent as of the end of the season as well. In a unique situation, former CBA player Aaron Brooks is still a restricted free agent, but due to him signing with the Guangdong Southern Tigers and the Suns not re-signing Brooks to a new contract during the 2011-12 NBA season, he'll be a restricted free agent with restricted benefits. For example, the Suns can match any offer that they see fit, but they cannot do any sign-and-trades whatsoever with him. However, Phoenix was unlikely to bring back Aaron Brooks to an restricted free agent offer, so they made him unrestricted after trying to get Eric Gordon. In addition, the Suns may also use their amnesty clause to get rid of a player that they see is holding them back. However, they have to use it a week after the July moratorium (July 11); otherwise, the amnesty clause stays with the team until at least next season.

On July 3, 2012, Eric Gordon agreed to a tentative deal with the Suns for 4 years and $58 million. However, despite Gordon saying that "Phoenix is where my heart is now",[6] since Gordon's a restricted free agent, his offer was matched by the New Orleans Hornets a full three days after signing free agents officially took place. Phoenix has, however, gained both former back-up point guard Goran Dragić and forward Michael Beasley as of July 4, 2012. As for Steve Nash, he was officially traded to the rival Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for first and second round draft picks in the 2013 draft, as well as a first round pick in the 2015 draft and a second round pick in the 2014 draft on July 4 as well. Grant Hill also went to Los Angeles, but he went to play for the Los Angeles Clippers on July 18, 2012. Ronnie Price would sign with the Portland Trail Blazers on July 18 as well; however, unlike Grant Hill, Ronnie Price would be waived by Portland on February 21, 2013. Aaron Brooks would go to the Sacramento Kings on July 16, 2012, but he would play for them until March 1, 2013. Four days later, Brooks decided to officially sign with his former team, the Houston Rockets, which tended to reverse Phoenix and Houston's trade in 2011 that had Goran Dragić going to Houston and Brooks going to Phoenix. The last player that became a free agent, Michael Redd, ended up retiring on November 2013.

On July 15, 2012, a day after Eric Gordon's contract was matched by the Hornets, the Suns ended up placing a winning bid on former Houston Rockets power forward Luis Scola, as well as used their amnesty clause on Josh Childress, who would eventually sign with the Brooklyn Nets until December 29, 2012. On July 25, 2012, the Suns agreed to re-sign Shannon Brown, as well as sign former Texas University standout P.J. Tucker and produce a three-way trade with the New Orleans Hornets and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Two days later, the Suns exchanged Robin Lopez and Hakim Warrick to the Hornets and the Lakers' 2014 second round pick to the Timberwolves for Brad Miller's expiring contract and Jerome Dyson's non-guaranteed contract from the Hornets, as well as Wesley Johnson and a lottery protected 2013 first round draft pick that will stay in the first round until 2016 from the Timberwolves, which would then turn into two second round picks in 2016 and 2017. On August 15, 2012, the Suns decided to waive Jerome Dyson and Brad Miller's contracts and sign a one-year deal for Jermaine O'Neal. Former Suns player Leandro Barbosa considered playing for the Suns again, as well as the Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets, before officially signing with the Boston Celtics on October 17, 2012. Luke Zeller and Diante Garrett were initially announced as training camp invitees on October 1. However, due to the heart condition involving Channing Frye, both players ended up making the team. Other players announced as possible candidates that day include Othyus Jeffers, Solomon Jones, and Ike Diogu.

Coaching changes[edit]

Before the 2011-12 NBA season officially ended, Bill Cartwright had announced that he will not be returning as an assistant head coach to the Phoenix Suns. On July 2012, Elston Turner had competed for the head coach spot for the Portland Trail Blazers.[7] Ultimately, he was not hired,[8] and he stayed as an assistant coach. On August 28, 2012, the Suns hired Lindsey Hunter as an assistant head coach for player development.[9] On October 4, 2012, the Suns also added Sean Rooks and Basketball Hall of Famer Ralph Sampson as assistants for player development as well.[citation needed] Phoenix Mercury head coach Corey Gaines has also gained an assistant head coach role for player development as well.[10]

On January 18, 2013, head coach Alvin Gentry was fired from head coaching duties. Gentry's firing came right after the Suns' worst opening stint in 28 years. Two days later, the Suns had announced that Lindsey Hunter will take on the role of interim head coach for the Suns throughout the remainder of the season. It was also announced that Sean Rooks would resign from his developmental coaching duties. A day later, Suns fan favorite Dan Majerle announced that he would resign from his assistant head coaching duties as well. Two more days later, defensive assistant head coach Elston Turner announced his resignation from his duties as well. Because of their resignations, Phoenix Mercury head coach Corey Gaines has now gained a more permanent assistant coaching role for at least the rest of the season. In addition, former Suns scout and Shanghai Sharks head coach Dan Panaggio from the Chinese Basketball Association ended up becoming a new assistant head coach.

Roster[edit]

2012–13 Phoenix Suns roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
F 0 Beasley, Michael 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1989–01–09 Kansas State
G 26 Brown, Shannon 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1985–11–29 Michigan State
G 1 Dragić, Goran 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1986–05–06 Slovenia
G/F 3 Dudley, Jared (C) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1985–07–10 Boston College
F/C 8 Frye, Channing 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1983–05–17 Arizona
G 10 Garrett, Diante (DL) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1988–11–03 Iowa State
C 4 Gortat, Marcin 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1984–02–17 Poland
C 98 Haddadi, Hamed 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 265 lb (120 kg) 1985–05–19 Iran
G/F 2 Johnson, Wesley 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1987–07–11 Syracuse
G 12 Marshall, Kendall 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1991–08–19 North Carolina
F 15 Morris, Marcus 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1989–09–02 Kansas
F 11 Morris, Markieff 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1989–09–02 Kansas
C 20 O'Neal, Jermaine (C) 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 255 lb (116 kg) 1978–10–13 Eau Claire HS (SC)
F/C 14 Scola, Luis 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1980–04–30 Argentina
F 17 Tucker, P.J. 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 224 lb (102 kg) 1985–05–05 Texas
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Athletic trainer(s)
  • Aaron Nelson

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (DL) On assignment to D-League affiliate
  • Injured Injured

Salaries[edit]

Player 2012–13 Salary
Goran Dragić $7,500,000
Marcin Gortat $7,258,960
Channing Frye $6,000,000
Michael Beasley $5,750,000
Luis Scola $4,500,000
Wesley Johnson $4,285,560
Jared Dudley $4,250,000
Shannon Brown $3,500,000
Markieff Morris $2,063,040
Marcus Morris $1,959,960
Kendall Marshall $1,919,160
Jermaine O'Neal $1,352,181
Hamed Haddadi $1,300,000
P.J. Tucker $762,195
Diante Garrett $473,604
TOTAL $51,655,804

Because the Suns decided to amnesty Josh Childress' contract, he still gets paid the $6,500,000 that he would have been owed had he played for the Suns this season. While he still gets paid money out of being amnestied from the team for two more seasons, his salary does not actually affect the Suns' actual salary cap.[11] In addition, since Brad Miller's contract guaranteed him around $850,000 this season, he was paid that salary despite being waived by the team and retiring in the process. Also, because Luke Zeller was waived from the team after January 10, 2013 came to fruition, his rookie salary of $473,604 ended up being counted by the Suns' salary cap as well since his contract was guaranteed by that point of the season.

Pre-season[edit]

Game log[edit]

2012 pre-season game log
2012–13 season schedule

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
y-Los Angeles Clippers 56 26 .683 32–9 24–17 11–5 82
x-Golden State Warriors 47 35 .573 9 28–13 19–22 9–7 82
x-Los Angeles Lakers 45 37 .549 11 29–12 16–25 8–8 82
Sacramento Kings 28 54 .341 28 20–21 8–33 7–9 82
Phoenix Suns 25 57 .305 31 17–24 8–33 5–11 82


# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB GP
1 c-Oklahoma City Thunder 60 22 .732 82
2 y-San Antonio Spurs 58 24 .707 2 82
3 x-Denver Nuggets 57 25 .695 3 82
4 y-Los Angeles Clippers 56 26 .683 4 82
5 x-Memphis Grizzlies 56 26 .683 4 82
6 x-Golden State Warriors 47 35 .573 13 82
7 x-Los Angeles Lakers 45 37 .549 15 82
8 x-Houston Rockets 45 37 .549 15 82
9 Utah Jazz 43 39 .524 17 82
10 Dallas Mavericks 41 41 .500 19 82
11 Portland Trail Blazers 33 49 .402 27 82
12 Minnesota Timberwolves 31 51 .378 29 82
13 Sacramento Kings 28 54 .341 32 82
14 New Orleans Hornets 27 55 .329 33 82
15 Phoenix Suns 25 57 .305 35 82

Game log[edit]

2012–13 game log
Total: 25–57 (Home: 17–24; Road: 8–33)
2012–13 season 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
Michael Beasley 75 20 20.7 .405 .313 .746 3.8 1.5 0.4 0.5 10.1
Shannon Brown 59 22 23.8 .420 .277 .784 2.5 1.8 1.0 0.3 10.5
Goran Dragić 77 77 33.5 .443 .319 .748 3.1 7.4 1.6 0.3 14.7
Jared Dudley 79 50 27.5 .468 .391 .796 3.1 2.6 0.9 0.1 10.9
Diante Garrett 19 0 7.9 .327 .200 .500 0.8 1.6 0.5 0.0 2.1
Marcin Gortat 61 61 30.8 .521 .000 .652 8.5 1.2 0.7 1.6 11.1
Hamed Haddadi* 17 0 13.8 .459 . .520 5.1 0.5 0.3 1.2 4.1
Wesley Johnson 50 21 19.0 .407 .323 .771 2.5 0.7 0.4 0.4 8.0
Kendall Marshall 48 3 14.6 .371 .315 .571 0.9 3.0 0.5 0.1 3.0
Marcus Morris* 23 6 16.0 .405 .308 .405 2.5 0.7 0.8 0.2 5.7
Markieff Morris 82 32 22.4 .407 .336 .732 4.8 1.3 0.9 0.8 8.2
Jermaine O'Neal 55 4 18.7 .482 . .835 5.3 0.8 0.3 1.4 8.3
Luis Scola 82 67 26.6 .473 .188 .787 6.6 2.2 0.8 0.4 12.8
Sebastian Telfair* 46 2 17.3 .381 .381 .772 1.5 2.5 0.6 0.2 6.0
P.J. Tucker 79 45 24.2 .473 .314 .744 4.4 1.4 0.8 0.2 6.4
Luke Zeller 16 0 3.6 .346 .200 . 0.6 0.2 0.0 0.0 1.2

* – Stats with the Suns.

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Week/Month[edit]

All-Star[edit]

Records[edit]

Team Records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Team Milestones[edit]

Injuries/Personal Missed Games[edit]

  • September 20, 2012: Channing Frye was confirmed to miss the entirety of this season due to an enlargened heart via dilated cardiomyopathy. He would return to playing for the Suns the following season.
  • November 5, 2012: Jermaine O'Neal would miss 6 games due to the death of one of his aunts.[13] He would return to play against the L.A. Lakers on November 16.
  • November 29, 2012: Kendall Marshall was assigned to the Suns' NBA D-League team: the Bakersfield Jam for 9 games. He returned to the roster on December 22, 2012 against the Portland Trail Blazers.
  • January 10, 2013: Diante Garrett was assigned to the Suns' NBA D-League team: the Bakersfield Jam for 7 games. He returned to the roster on January 28, 2013.
  • January 23, 2013: Jermaine O'Neal was confirmed to miss 7 games due to an irregular heartbeat.[14] He ended up returning on February 5, 2013 against the Memphis Grizzlies.
  • March 5, 2013: Jermaine O'Neal would miss 4 games due to his daughter Asjia having surgery to repair a leaky heart valve.[15] He ended up returning on March 13, 2013 against the Houston Rockets.
  • March 6, 2013: Marcin Gortat would be out for the Suns for the rest of the season by having a Lisfranc sprain occur in his right foot during a home game against the Toronto Raptors.
  • April 6, 2013: Diante Garrett was once again assigned to the Bakersfield Jam. He returned to the Suns a day later.
  • April 11, 2013: Diante Garrett was once more assigned to the Bakersfield Jam.

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

July 4, 2012
To Phoenix Suns
2013 first round pick (from Miami via L.A. Lakers)
2015 first round pick (Top–5 protection)
2013 second round pick (from Denver via L.A. Lakers)
2014 second round pick
Cash considerations
To Los Angeles Lakers

Canada Steve Nash

July 27, 2012 Three–team trade
To New Orleans Hornets
United States Robin Lopez (from Phoenix)
United States Hakim Warrick (from Phoenix)
Cash considerations (from Phoenix)
To Minnesota Timberwolves
2013 second round pick (from Brooklyn via Minnesota & New Orleans)
2014 second round pick (from L.A. Lakers via Phoenix)
2016 second round pick (from New Orleans)
To Phoenix Suns
United States Jerome Dyson (from New Orleans)
United States Brad Miller (from New Orleans)
United States Wesley Johnson (from Minnesota)
Lottery protected future first round pick (from Minnesota)I[›]
February 20, 2013
To Phoenix Suns
United States Marcus Morris
To Houston Rockets
2013 second round pick (from Phoenix)
February 21, 2013
To Phoenix Suns
Iran Hamed Haddadi
2014 second round pick (from Toronto)II[›]
To Toronto Raptors
United States Sebastian Telfair

^ I: The Minnesota Timberwolves will send their own first round pick (top-13 protected from 2014; top-12 protected from 2015–2016) to Phoenix. If a first round pick isn't conveyed to Phoenix by 2016, then Minnesota shall convey their 2016 & 2017 second round draft picks to Phoenix instead.[16]
^ II: The Toronto Raptors will send the least favorable of their own 2014 second round pick (top-36 protected) and the Sacramento Kings' 2014 second round pick (top-55 protected). If both picks fall outside of their protection level, then Toronto's obligation for a second round pick in that year is extinguished and the pick then goes to the New York Knicks instead due to an earlier trade that not only involved the Raptors and the Knicks, but also the Boston Celtics.[17]

Free agents[edit]

Additions[edit]

Player Signed Former Team
Luis Scola Signed 3 year deal worth $13.5 Million as an amnestied player Houston Rockets
Goran Dragić Signed 4 year deal worth $34 Million Houston Rockets
Michael Beasley Signed 3 year deal worth $18 Million Minnesota Timberwolves
Shannon Brown Signed 2 year deal worth $7 Million Phoenix Suns
P.J. Tucker Signed 2 year deal worth $1.5 Million Germany Brose Baskets Bamberg / Russia Spartak St. Petersburg a[›]
Jermaine O'Neal Signed 1 year deal worth $1.35 Million Boston Celtics
Luke Zeller Signed 1 year deal worth $473,604 b[›] Austin Toros
Diante Garrett Signed 1 year deal worth $473,604 b[›] France JSF Nanterre

^ a: P.J. originally signed a contract to play for Spartak St. Petersburg in Russia. However, due to his performance in the Phoenix Suns' Summer League team, P.J. had earned the right to opt out of his contract with Spartak St. Petersburg and sign with the Suns. The last team P.J. officially played for, however, was with the Brose Baskets Bamberg in Germany. P.J. was also using his birth name of Anthony Tucker at that time as well.
^ b: Both Diante and Luke had initial rookie scale minimum deals due to being undrafted and spending their first seasons with the NBA. However, their deals weren't officially guaranteed until they continued to stay with the team on January 10, 2013. After the January 10 deadline, while both Garrett and Zeller ended up getting their money guaranteed, Zeller would end up being waived after the Suns traded for Marcus Morris, while Garrett was the only player to have stayed with the team at the end of the season.

Subtractions[edit]

Player Reason Left New Team
Steve Nash Sign-and-traded as an unrestricted free agent Los Angeles Lakers
Josh Childress Amnestied c[›] Brooklyn Nets d[›]
Aaron Brooks Free Agent e[›] Sacramento Kings / Houston Rockets f[›]
Grant Hill Free Agent Los Angeles Clippers
Ronnie Price Free Agent Portland Trail Blazers g[›]
Robin Lopez Sign-and-traded as a restricted free agent New Orleans Hornets
Hakim Warrick Traded New Orleans Hornets / Charlotte Bobcats / Orlando Magic h[›]
Jerome Dyson Waived Israel Hapoel Holon
Brad Miller Waived N/A (Retired) i[›]
Michael Redd Free Agent / Waived N/A (Retired) i[›]
Luke Zeller Waived Austin Toros j[›]
Sebastian Telfair Traded Canada Toronto Raptors

^ c: Because Josh Childress was amnestied from the Suns, he still gets paid the remainder of his contract with the Suns (3 Years, $21 Million), but his salary away from the team does not affect their overall salary cap.
^ d: Childress would get waived by the Brooklyn Nets on December 29, 2012.
^ e: Aaron Brooks originally left due to the 2011 NBA lockout in concerns of playing for the 2011–12 NBA season. He signed with the Guangdong Southern Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association. However, due to the CBA's newest policy during the lockout, he could not return to the Suns once the lockout ended. After his season with Guangdong officially ended, the Suns decided not to re-sign him for a new contract that year. He was initially given a qualifying offer as a restricted free agent with restricted benefits, but he was eventually rescinded of his restricted rights and became an unrestricted free agent.
^ f: Brooks originally signed with the Sacramento Kings after the Suns decided to not use his restricted free agent rights that they initially had. Brooks continued to play for the Kings until March 1, 2013, when the Kings decided to waive his contract. Four days later, Brooks decided to return to his original team, the Houston Rockets, for the rest of the season. As a result, the 2011 trade of having Goran Dragić being sent to the Houston Rockets and Aaron Brooks being sent to the Suns more or less ended up being reversed around two years later.
^ g: Ronnie Price would be waived by the Portland Trail Blazers on February 21, 2013.
^ h: Hakim Warrick was first traded to the New Orleans Hornets along with Robin Lopez. However, later on in the month of November, the Hornets decided to trade Warrick to the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for Matt Carroll, who would never play a single game for the Hornets. In contrast, Warrick only played one game for the Hornets before the trade happened. However, Warrick would be traded once again before the trade deadline; this time, he was sent to the Orlando Magic in exchange for power forward Josh McRoberts. Warrick would then be waived from the Orlando Magic two days after the trade deadline; he would never play a single game for the Magic.
^ i: Even though Brad Miller announced that after last season he would retire from playing basketball, he still had obligations in his contract that allowed him to come over with the Suns. Once the Suns decided to let him go (alongside Jerome Dyson), Miller would officially announce his retirement from playing basketball. In addition, even though Michael Redd was considered a free agent after his season with the Suns was over with, he never did find a new team for him to sign up with. As a result, Redd would announce his retirement from the NBA on November 6, 2013, well over a year after being an unrestricted free agent.
^ j: Luke Zeller first tried out for the Georgia national basketball team during the 2013 EuroBasket Tournament's tryouts at the end of the 2012-13 season before signing with the D-League's Austin Toros (which was also the last team Zeller played for before signing up with the Suns) nearly an entire year after being waived by the Suns on December 27, 2013.

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