List of Phoenix Suns seasons

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A home game against the Sacramento Kings in the 2006–07 NBA season

The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team based in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Suns began playing in the NBA as an expansion team in the 1968–69 NBA season. In their inaugural season, the Suns posted a win–loss record of 16–66.[1] They participated in the playoffs only once in their first seven years.[2]

In the 1975–76 season, a rookie Alvan Adams helped the team reach its first NBA Finals, which they lost to the Boston Celtics 4–2.[3] Charles Barkley and Steve Nash won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award while playing for the Suns.[4] Barkley led the Suns to the 1993 NBA Finals, where they lost to the Chicago Bulls.[2] After signing with the Suns in 2004,[5] Nash led the team to three straight division titles.[2]

The Suns franchise has the NBA's fourth-best all-time winning percentage,[6] winning 56% of its games, as of the end of the 2010–11 season.[2] In forty-three years, they have made the playoffs twenty-nine times, posted nineteen seasons of fifty or more wins, appeared nine times in the Western Conference Finals, and advanced to the NBA Finals in 1976 and 1993.[2] As a result, based on their all-time win–loss percentage, the Suns are the franchise with the most wins to have never won an NBA championship.[7]

Table key[edit]

Steve Nash won two MVP awards as a member of the Suns.[4]
AMVP All-Star Game Most Valuable Player
COY Coach of the Year
Finish Final position in league or division standings
GB Games behind first-place team in division[a]
Losses Number of regular season losses
EOY Executive of the Year
JWKC J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship
MVP Most Valuable Player
ROY Rookie of the Year
SMOY Sixth Man of the Year
SPOR Sportmanship Award
Wins Number of regular season wins
Win% Winning percentage

Seasons[edit]

Note: Statistics are correct as of the 2012–13 season.

Conference champions * Division champions ^ Playoff berth ¤
Season Conference Division Finish Wins Losses Win% GB Playoffs Awards[4] Head coach
1968–69 Western 7th 16 66 .195 39 Johnny "Red" Kerr
1969–70 Western 3rd ¤ 39 43 .476 9 Lost Division Semifinals to Los Angeles Lakers, 4–3[8] Johnny "Red" Kerr
Jerry Colangelo
1970–71 Western Midwest 3rd 48 34 .585 18 Cotton Fitzsimmons
1971–72 Western Midwest 3rd 49 33 .598 14 Cotton Fitzsimmons
1972–73 Western Pacific 3rd 38 44 .463 22 Butch Van Breda Kolff
Jerry Colangelo
1973–74 Western Pacific 4th 30 52 .366 17 John MacLeod
1974–75 Western Pacific 4th 32 50 .390 16 John MacLeod
1975–76 Western * Pacific 3rd ¤ 42 40 .512 17 Won Conference Semifinals vs. Seattle SuperSonics, 4–2
Won Conference Finals vs. Golden State Warriors, 4–3
Lost Finals to Boston Celtics, 4–2[9] *
Alvan Adams (ROY)
Jerry Colangelo (EOY)
John MacLeod
1976–77 Western Pacific 5th 34 48 .415 19 John MacLeod
1977–78 Western Pacific 2nd ¤ 49 33 .598 9 Lost First Round to Milwaukee Bucks, 2–0[10] Walter Davis (ROY) John MacLeod
1978–79 Western Pacific 2nd ¤ 50 32 .610 2 Won First Round vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 2–1
Won Conference Semifinals vs. Kansas City Kings, 4–1
Lost Conference Finals to Seattle SuperSonics, 4–3[11]
John MacLeod
1979–80 Western Pacific 3rd ¤ 55 27 .671 5 Won First Round vs. Kansas City Kings, 2–1
Lost Conference Semifinals to Los Angeles Lakers, 4–1[12]
John MacLeod
1980–81 Western Pacific ^ 1st ¤ 57 25 .695 Lost Conference Semifinals to Kansas City Kings, 4–3[13] Jerry Colangelo (EOY) John MacLeod
1981–82 Western Pacific 3rd ¤ 46 36 .561 11 Won First Round vs. Denver Nuggets, 2–1
Lost Conference Semifinals to Los Angeles Lakers, 4–0[14]
John MacLeod
1982–83 Western Pacific 2nd ¤ 53 29 .646 5 Lost First Round to Denver Nuggets, 2–1[15] John MacLeod
1983–84 Western Pacific 4th ¤ 41 41 .500 13 Won First Round vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 3–2
Won Conference Semifinals vs. Utah Jazz, 4–2
Lost Conference Finals to Los Angeles Lakers, 4–2[16]
John MacLeod
1984–85 Western Pacific 3rd ¤ 36 46 .439 26 Lost First Round to Los Angeles Lakers, 3–0[17] John MacLeod
1985–86 Western Pacific 3rd 32 50 .390 30 John MacLeod
1986–87 Western Pacific 5th 36 46 .439 29 John MacLeod
Dick Van Arsdale
1987–88 Western Pacific 4th 28 54 .341 34 John Wetzel
1988–89 Western Pacific 2nd ¤ 55 27 .671 2 Won First Round vs. Denver Nuggets, 3–0
Won Conference Semifinals vs. Golden State Warriors, 4–1
Lost Conference Finals to Los Angeles Lakers, 4–0[18]
Kevin Johnson (MIP)
Cotton Fitzsimmons (COY)
Eddie Johnson (SMOY)
Jerry Colangelo (EOY)
Cotton Fitzsimmons
1989–90 Western Pacific 3rd ¤ 54 28 .659 9 Won First Round vs. Utah Jazz, 3–2
Won Conference Semifinals vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 4–1
Lost Conference Finals to Portland Trail Blazers, 4–2[19]
Cotton Fitzsimmons
1990–91 Western Pacific 3rd ¤ 55 27 .671 8 Lost First Round to Utah Jazz, 3–1[20] Kevin Johnson (JWKC) Cotton Fitzsimmons
1991–92 Western Pacific 3rd ¤ 53 29 .646 4 Won First Round vs. San Antonio Spurs, 3–0
Lost Conference Semifinals to Portland Trail Blazers, 4–1[21]
Cotton Fitzsimmons
1992–93 Western * Pacific ^ 1st ¤ 62 20 .756 Won First Round vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 3–2
Won Conference Semifinals vs. San Antonio Spurs, 4–2
Won Conference Finals vs. Seattle SuperSonics, 4–3
Lost Finals to Chicago Bulls, 4–2[22] *
Charles Barkley (MVP)
Jerry Colangelo (EOY)
Paul Westphal
1993–94 Western Pacific 2nd ¤ 56 26 .683 7 Won First Round vs. Golden State Warriors, 3–0
Lost Conference Semifinals to Houston Rockets, 4–3[23]
Paul Westphal
1994–95 Western Pacific ^ 1st ¤ 59 23 .720 Won First Round vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 3–0
Lost Conference Semifinals to Houston Rockets, 4–3[24]
Paul Westphal
1995–96 Western Pacific 4th ¤ 41 41 .500 23 Lost First Round to San Antonio Spurs, 3–1[25] Paul Westphal
Cotton Fitzsimmons
1996–97 Western Pacific 4th ¤ 40 42 .488 17 Lost First Round to Seattle SuperSonics, 3–2[26] Cotton Fitzsimmons
Danny Ainge
1997–98 Western Pacific 3rd ¤ 56 26 .683 5 Lost First Round to San Antonio Spurs, 3–1[27] Danny Manning (SMOY) Danny Ainge
1998–99[b] Western Pacific 3rd ¤ 27 23 .540 8 Lost First Round to Portland Trail Blazers, 3–0[28] Danny Ainge
1999–00 Western Pacific 3rd ¤ 53 29 .646 14 Won First Round vs. San Antonio Spurs, 3–1
Lost Conference Semifinals to Los Angeles Lakers, 4–1[29]
Rodney Rogers (SMOY) Danny Ainge
Scott Skiles
2000–01 Western Pacific 3rd ¤ 51 31 .623 5 Lost First Round to Sacramento Kings, 3–1[30] Scott Skiles
2001–02 Western Pacific 6th 36 46 .439 25 Scott Skiles
Frank Johnson
2002–03 Western Pacific 4th ¤ 44 38 .537 15 Lost First Round to San Antonio Spurs, 4–2[31] Amar'e Stoudemire (ROY) Frank Johnson
2003–04 Western Pacific 6th 29 53 .354 27 Frank Johnson
Mike D'Antoni
2004–05 Western Pacific ^ 1st ¤ 62 20 .756 Won First Round vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 4–0
Won Conference Semifinals vs. Dallas Mavericks, 4–2
Lost Conference Finals to San Antonio Spurs, 4–1[32]
Steve Nash (MVP)
Mike D'Antoni (COY)
Bryan Colangelo (EOY)
Mike D'Antoni
2005–06 Western Pacific ^ 1st ¤ 54 28 .659 Won First Round vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 4–3
Won Conference Semifinals vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 4–3
Lost Conference Finals to Dallas Mavericks, 4–2[33]
Steve Nash (MVP)
Boris Diaw (MIP)
Mike D'Antoni
2006–07 Western Pacific ^ 1st ¤ 61 21 .744 Won First Round vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 4–1
Lost Conference Semifinals to San Antonio Spurs, 4–2[34]
Leandro Barbosa (SMOY)
Steve Nash (JWKC)
Mike D'Antoni
2007–08 Western Pacific 2nd ¤ 55 27 .671 2 Lost First Round to San Antonio Spurs, 4–1[35] Grant Hill (SPOR) Mike D'Antoni
2008–09 Western Pacific 2nd 46 36 .561 19 Shaquille O'Neal (AMVP) Terry Porter
Alvin Gentry
2009–10 Western Pacific 2nd ¤ 54 28 .659 3 Won First Round vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 4–2
Won Conference Semifinals vs. San Antonio Spurs, 4–0
Lost Conference Finals to Los Angeles Lakers, 4–2[36]
Grant Hill (SPOR) Alvin Gentry
2010–11 Western Pacific 2nd 40 42 .488 17 Alvin Gentry
2011–12 Western Pacific 3rd 33 33 .500 17 Alvin Gentry
2012–13 Western Pacific 5th 25 57 .305 35 Alvin Gentry
Lindsey Hunter
2013–14 Western Pacific 3rd 48 34 .585 9 Goran Dragić (MIP) Jeff Hornacek

All-time records[edit]

Statistic Wins Losses Win%
Regular season record (1968–2013) 2,012 1,630 .552
Postseason record (1968–2013) 133 141 .485
All-time regular and post-season record (1968–2013) 2,145 1,771 .548

Notes[edit]

  • a This is determined by adding the absolute difference in wins between the leading team and the team of interest to the absolute difference in losses between the two teams, and dividing by two.
  • b Because of a lockout, the season did not start until February 5, 1999, and all 29 teams played a shortened 50-game regular season schedule.[37]

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