1982–83 Phoenix Suns season

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1982–83 Phoenix Suns season
Head coach John MacLeod
General manager Jerry Colangelo
Owner(s) Richard Bloch
Arena Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Results
Record 53–29 (.646)
Place Division: 2nd (Pacific)
Conference: 3rd (Western)
Playoff finish Lost in first round to Denver (1–2)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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The 1982–83 Phoenix Suns season was the 15th season for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association. The Suns were in the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season, extending a then-franchise record. The Suns were eliminated in the first round two games to one by the Denver Nuggets, a team they had beaten by the same margin a year earlier. The Suns were led by head coach John MacLeod and played all home games in Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Walter Davis led the Suns in scoring with 19 points per game. Second-year player Larry Nance, who finished the season fourth in the NBA in blocks per game, was second in team scoring at 16.7, while fellow big man Maurice Lucas averaged a double-double with 16.5 points and 10.4 rebounds a contest. Lucas, a 30-year-old veteran who had played for four NBA teams and one ABA team before reaching the Suns, returned to his first All-Star Game after two seasons when he suited up with Phoenix. Point guard Dennis Johnson earned another spot on the All-Defensive First Team.

Offseason[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Main article: 1982 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 15 David Thirdkill Forward  United States Bradley
2 39 Kevin Magee Forward  United States UC Irvine
3 61 Charles Pittman Forward  United States Maryland
4 86 Rory White Forward  United States South Alabama
5 108 Marvin McCrary Guard  United States Missouri
6 130 Jake Bethany Center  United States Hardin–Simmons
7 155 Phil Ward Guard  United States North Carolina Charlotte
8 177 Rick Elrod Guard  United States Georgetown (KY)
9 199 Ken Lyles Forward  United States Washington
10 221 Dale Wilkinson Center  United States Idaho State

Roster[edit]

Phoenix Suns roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB (Y-M-D) From
C 33 United States Adams, Alvan 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1954-07-19 Oklahoma
G 6 United States Davis, Walter 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 193 lb (88 kg) 1954-09-09 North Carolina
C 53 United States Edwards, James 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1955-11-22 Washington
G 11 United States High, Johnny 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1957-04-25 Nevada
G 24 United States Johnson, Dennis 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1954-09-18 Pepperdine
F/C 50 United States Kramer, Joel 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 203 lb (92 kg) 1955-11-30 San Diego State
F 20 United States Lucas, Maurice 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1952-02-18 Marquette
G 4 United States Macy, Kyle 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1957-04-09 Kentucky
F 22 United States Nance, Larry 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1959-02-12 Clemson
F 32 United States Pittman, Charles 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1958-03-23 Maryland
F 14 United States Scott, Alvin 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1955-09-14 Oral Roberts
F 40 United States Thirdkill, David 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1960-04-12 Bradley
F 7 United States White, Rory 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1959-08-16 South Alabama
Head coach
Assistant 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 Alvan Adams James Edwards Joel Kramer
PF Maurice Lucas Rory White Charles Pittman
SF Larry Nance Alvin Scott David Thirdkill
SG Walter Davis Johnny High
PG Dennis Johnson Kyle Macy

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Los Angeles Lakers 58 24 .707 33–8 25–16 21–9
x-Phoenix Suns 53 29 .646 5 32–9 21–20 21–9
x-Seattle SuperSonics 48 34 .585 10 29–12 19–22 14–16
x-Portland Trail Blazers 46 36 .561 12 31–10 15–26 16–14
Golden State Warriors 30 52 .366 28 21–20 9–32 11–19
San Diego Clippers 25 57 .305 33 18–23 7–34 7–23
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Los Angeles Lakers 58 24 .707
2 y-San Antonio Spurs 53 29 .646 5
3 x-Phoenix Suns 53 29 .646 5
4 x-Seattle SuperSonics 48 34 .585 10
5 x-Portland Trail Blazers 46 36 .561 12
6 x-Denver Nuggets 45 37 .549 13
7 Kansas City Kings 45 37 .549 13
8 Dallas Mavericks 38 44 .463 20
9 Utah Jazz 30 52 .366 28
9 Golden State Warriors 30 52 .366 28
11 San Diego Clippers 25 57 .305 33
12 Houston Rockets 14 68 .171 44



Playoffs[edit]

Game log[edit]

1983 playoff game log
1983 playoff schedule

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Star[edit]

  • Maurice Lucas was voted as a starter for the Western Conference in the All-Star Game. Lucas finished first in voting among Western Conference forwards with 431,288 votes. It was his fifth All-Star selection.
  • The other Suns player receiving All-Star votes was Dennis Johnson (306,470).

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
Alvan Adams 80 75 30.6 .486 .333 .829 6.9 4.7 1.4 .9 14.2
Jeff Cook* 45 2 12.2 .430 .000 .759 2.9 1.3 .3 .3 3.6
Walter Davis 80 79 31.1 .516 .304 .818 2.5 5.0 1.5 .2 19.0
James Edwards* 16 1 17.8 .487 . .660 3.7 1.7 .3 .3 8.8
Johnny High 82 2 14.1 .461 .200 .463 1.8 1.9 1.0 .4 3.2
Dennis Johnson 77 74 33.1 .462 .161 .791 4.4 5.0 1.3 .5 14.2
Joel Kramer 54 4 8.5 .423 .000 .875^ 1.6 0.7 .3 .1 1.9
Maurice Lucas 77 71 33.6 .474 .333 .781 10.4 2.8 .7 .6 16.5
Kyle Macy 82 9 22.4 .517 .303 .872^ 2.0 3.4 .8 .1 9.9
Larry Nance 82 82 35.5 .550 .333 .672 8.7 2.4 1.2 2.6 16.7
Charles Pittman 28 0 6.1 .475 .000 .676 1.1 0.3 .1 .3 2.3
Alvin Scott 81 9 14.1 .479 .000 .736 2.8 1.2 .6 .4 4.1
David Thirdkill 49 2 10.6 .435 .143 .577 1.5 0.7 .4 .1 4.0
Rory White 65 0 9.6 .543 .000 .642 1.6 0.5 .2 .0 5.0

* - Stats with the Suns.
^ - Minimum 125 free throws made.

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Alvan Adams 3 3 28.0 .469 . .714 6.0 4.7 .7 1.7 11.7
Walter Davis 3 3 37.7 .435 .500 .810 5.0 4.3 2.0 1.7 26.0
James Edwards 3 0 18.0 .423 . 1.000 6.0 1.3 .3 .3 9.3
Johnny High 3 0 15.0 .455 .000 .000 3.3 2.0 1.0 .3 3.3
Dennis Johnson 3 3 36.0 .458 .000 .833 7.7 5.7 1.7 .7 18.0
Joel Kramer 2 0 3.0 .000 . . 0.0 0.0 .0 .0 0.0
Maurice Lucas 2 2 28.5 .571 . .500 6.0 4.0 1.5 .0 13.0
Kyle Macy 3 0 24.0 .429 .000 .714 2.7 3.0 .3 .0 11.7
Larry Nance 3 3 34.3 .400 . .800 8.3 1.0 1.0 2.0 12.0
Charles Pittman 1 0 1.0 . . . 0.0 0.0 .0 .0 0.0
Alvin Scott 3 1 20.7 .462 . 1.000 4.0 1.7 .7 1.7 4.7
Rory White 3 0 13.3 .500 .000 .500 3.3 0.0 .0 .0 5.3

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

June 21, 1982
To Denver Nuggets---- To Phoenix Suns----
July 7, 1982
To New York Knicks---- To Phoenix Suns----
February 7, 1983---- To Cleveland Cavaliers---- To Phoenix Suns----

Free agents[edit]

Additions[edit]

Date Player Contract Old Team
May 17, 1982 Art Housey Undisclosed
July 7, 1982 Johnny High Undisclosed Phoenix Suns
February 7, 1983 Charles Pittman Undisclosed Phoenix Suns

Subtractions[edit]

Date Player Reason Left New Team
July 1, 1982 Dudley Bradley Waived Chicago Bulls
October 21, 1982 Art Housey Waived
October 28, 1982 Charles Pittman Waived Phoenix Suns
December 21, 1982 Craig Dykema Waived

References[edit]