1983–84 Phoenix Suns season

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1983–84 Phoenix Suns season
Head coach John MacLeod
General manager Jerry Colangelo
Owner(s) Richard Bloch
Arena Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Results
Record 41–41 (.500)
Place Division: 4th (Pacific)
Conference: 6th (Western)
Playoff finish Lost in Conference Finals to Los Angeles (2–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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The 1983–84 Phoenix Suns season was the 16th season for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association. The Suns were in the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season, extending a then-franchise record. The Suns eliminated their first round opponent, Portland, three games to two before defeating the Utah Jazz and NBA leading scorer, Adrian Dantley, four games to two. In the Western Conference Finals, the Suns would lose to the Los Angeles Lakers in six games. The team was led by head coach John MacLeod, in his 11th year with the Suns, and played all home games in Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Walter Davis led the Suns in scoring with 20 points per game. Larry Nance, who finished the season fourth in the NBA in blocks per game for the second straight year, was second in team scoring at 17.7. Davis returned to the All-Star Game, the only Sun from the season to be selected to do so. Maurice Lucas again averaged a double-double again for the Suns with 16 points and 10 rebounds per game.

Although Nance would not earn his first All-Star selection until the next season, he did participate in the NBA's first Slam Dunk Contest on All-Star Weekend. While Julius Erving ("Dr. J") provided a memorable dunk from the foul line, it was Nance who was crowned the league's first Slam Dunk champion.[1]

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 1983 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
2 28 Rod Foster Guard  United States UCLA
2 45 Paul Williams Guard  United States Arizona State
3 51 Dereck Whittenburg Guard  United States North Carolina State
4 89 Sam Mosley Forward  United States Nevada
5 113 Rick Lamb Forward  United States Illinois State
6 135 Edward Bona Forward  United States Fordham
7 159 Fred Brown Guard  United States Virginia Commonwealth
8 181 Mike Mulquin Forward  United States Villanova
9 204 Joe Dykstra Guard  United States Western Illinois
10 224 Bo Overton Guard  United States Oklahoma

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 10 United States Foster, Rod 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 160 lb (73 kg) 1960-10-10 UCLA
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
C 8 United States Robey, Rick 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1956-01-30 Kentucky
F 7 United States Sanders, Mike 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1960-05-07 UCLA
F 14 United States Scott, Alvin 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1955-09-14 Oral Roberts
G 44 United States Westphal, Paul 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1950-11-30 Southern California
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 James Edwards Alvan Adams Rick Robey
PF Maurice Lucas Charles Pittman
SF Larry Nance Mike Sanders Alvin Scott
SG Walter Davis Paul Westphal
PG Kyle Macy Rod Foster

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Los Angeles Lakers 54 28 .659 28–13 26–15 18–12
x-Portland Trail Blazers 48 34 .585 6 33–8 15–26 17–13
x-Seattle SuperSonics 42 40 .512 12 32–9 10–31 14–16
x-Phoenix Suns 41 41 .500 13 31–10 10–31 16–14
Golden State Warriors 37 45 .451 17 27–14 10–31 13–17
San Diego Clippers 30 52 .366 24 25–16 5–36 12–18
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Los Angeles Lakers 54 28 .659
2 y-Utah Jazz 45 37 .549 9
3 x-Portland Trail Blazers 48 34 .585 6
4 x-Dallas Mavericks 43 39 .524 11
5 x-Seattle SuperSonics 42 40 .512 12
6 x-Phoenix Suns 41 41 .500 13
7 x-Denver Nuggets 38 44 .463 16
8 x-Kansas City Kings 38 44 .463 16
9 San Antonio Spurs 37 45 .451 17
9 Golden State Warriors 37 45 .451 17
11 San Diego Clippers 30 52 .366 24
12 Houston Rockets 29 53 .354 25



Record vs. opponents[edit]

1983-84 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND KCK LAL MIL NJN NYK PHI PHO POR SAS SDC SEA UTA WAS
Atlanta 0–5 4–2 3–3 1–1 0–2 2–4 1–1 1–1 4–2 0–2 0–2 3–3 3–3 4–1 5–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–2
Boston 5–0 5–0 6–0 2–0 2–0 4–2 2–0 1–1 5–1 2–0 0–2 5–1 4–2 3–3 2–4 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 4–2
Chicago 2–4 0–5 2–4 1–1 0–2 1–5 2–0 0–2 3–3 1–1 0–2 2–4 2–4 2–4 2–3 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–4
Cleveland 3–3 0–6 4–2 1–1 0–2 1–5 1–1 1–1 2–4 0–2 0–2 1–5 2–3 1–5 2–4 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 4–1
Dallas 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 4–2 0–2 4–1 4–2 2–0 3–3 3–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–2 2–3 4–2 4–1 1–4 4–2 0–2
Denver 2–0 0–2 2–0 2–0 2–4 1–1 2–3 4–2 0–2 4–2 1–4 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–3 1–4 3–3 3–2 2–3 3–3 0–2
Detroit 4–2 2–4 5–1 5–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–2 1–1 1–1 3–2 1–4 4–2 3–3 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–3
Golden State 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–4 3–2 1–1 2–3 2–0 4–1 3–3 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–5 2–4 3–2 3–3 4–2 1–4 2–0
Houston 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–4 2–4 1–1 3–2 1–1 2–4 1–4 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–3 1–4 2–4 2–3 3–2 1–5 0–2
Indiana 2–4 1–5 3–3 4–2 0–2 2–0 2–4 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–5 1–5 2–4 0–5 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–4
Kansas City 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 3–3 2–4 1–1 1–4 4–2 2–0 0–5 0–2 2–0 0–2 0–2 2–3 2–3 5–1 3–2 1–4 3–3 2–0
Los Angeles 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–3 4–1 1–1 3–3 4–1 1–1 5–0 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–3 5–1 2–3 4–2 3–3 4–1 1–1
Milwaukee 3–3 1–5 4–2 5–1 2–0 1–1 2–3 2–0 1–1 5–1 2–0 0–2 4–2 4–1 2–4 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 5–1
New Jersey 3–3 2–4 4–2 3–2 1–1 1–1 4–1 1–1 2–0 5–1 0–2 1–1 2–4 3–3 3–3 2–0 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 4–2
New York 1–4 3–3 4–1 5–1 2–0 1–1 2–4 1–1 2–0 4–2 2–0 2–0 1–4 3–3 2–4 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 4–2
Philadelphia 1–5 4–2 3–2 4–2 1–1 1–1 3–3 1–1 2–0 5–0 2–0 1–1 4–2 3–3 4–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 4–2
Phoenix 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–3 3–2 0–2 5–1 3–2 1–1 3–2 3–3 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–4 5–0 4–2 2–4 1–4 2–0
Portland 2–0 0–2 0–2 1–1 3–2 4–1 1–1 4–2 4–1 1–1 3–2 1–5 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 4–2 4–1 4–2 4–2 1–4 1–1
San Antonio 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 2–4 3–3 1–1 2–3 4–2 2–0 1–5 3–2 1–1 2–0 0–2 0–2 0–5 1–4 4–1 2–3 4–2 1–1
San Diego 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–4 2–3 0–2 3–3 3–2 1–1 2–3 2–4 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–4 2–4 1–4 3–3 2–3 1–1
Seattle 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 4–1 3–2 1–1 2–4 2–3 1–1 4–1 3–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–2 2–4 3–2 3–3 1–4 1–1
Utah 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–4 3–3 1–1 4–1 5–1 1–1 3–3 1–4 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 4–1 4–1 2–4 3–2 4–1 1–1
Washington 2–4 2–4 4–2 1–4 2–0 2–0 3–3 0–2 2–0 4–1 0–2 1–1 1–5 2–4 2–4 2–4 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1

Playoffs[edit]

Game log[edit]

1984 playoff game log
1984 playoff schedule

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Star[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 70 13 20.7 .462 .000 .825 4.6 3.1 1.0 .4 9.6
Walter Davis 78 70 32.6 .512 .230 .863 2.6 5.5 1.4 .2 20.0
James Edwards 72 67 26.3 .536 .000 .720 4.8 2.6 .3 .4 14.7
Rod Foster 80 34 17.8 .448 .262 .787 1.5 2.2 .7 .1 8.3
Johnny High 29 9 17.7 .346 .000 .345 2.3 1.8 1.4 .4 1.6
Maurice Lucas 75 69 30.8 .497 .000 .765 9.7 2.7 .7 .5 15.9
Kyle Macy 82 45 29.3 .501 .329 .833 2.3 4.3 1.5 .1 10.1
Larry Nance 82 82 35.4 .576 .000 .707 8.3 2.6 1.0 2.1 17.7
Charles Pittman 69 8 14.3 .603 .000 .683 3.1 1.0 .2 .3 4.7
Rick Robey 61 4 14.0 .545 1.000 .693 3.2 1.1 .3 .2 5.6
Mike Sanders 50 0 11.7 .478 . .690 2.1 0.9 .5 .2 4.5
Alvin Scott 65 5 11.3 .444 .500 .778 1.5 0.7 .3 .3 2.6
Paul Westphal 59 2 14.7 .460 .269 .824 0.7 2.5 .7 .1 7.0
Rory White* 22 2 14.0 .479 . .571 2.8 0.6 .6 .1 7.4

* - Stats with the Suns.
† - Minimum 300 field goals made.

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Alvan Adams 17 0 18.4 .421 . .679 5.1 2.5 1.0 .6 8.4
Walter Davis 17 17 36.6 .535 .273 .897 2.7 6.4 1.7 .2 24.9
James Edwards 17 17 27.2 .492 . .706 5.4 1.6 .2 .6 13.8
Rod Foster 16 0 8.0 .256 .000 1.000^ 0.8 1.1 .3 .1 1.8
Maurice Lucas 17 16 33.5 .511 . .808 9.9 3.6 .7 .5 17.4
Kyle Macy 17 15 36.5 .490 .455 .750 3.2 5.8 1.3 .1 10.4
Larry Nance 17 17 37.2 .590 . .671 8.7 2.4 .9 2.0 16.9
Charles Pittman 17 1 14.9 .549 .000 .621 3.8 0.7 .3 .3 4.4
Rick Robey 10 0 4.3 .438 .000 .500 1.0 0.2 .2 .0 1.8
Mike Sanders 15 0 10.1 .478 . .941^ 1.3 0.5 .4 .3 4.0
Alvin Scott 16 0 6.9 .385 1.000 .667 1.5 0.4 .1 .1 1.6
Paul Westphal 17 2 13.1 .375 .222 .875 0.5 2.2 .7 .0 5.3

† - Minimum 5 three-pointers made.
^ - Minimum 10 free throws made.

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

June 27, 1983
To Boston Celtics---- To Phoenix Suns----
October 17, 1983
To Detroit Pistons---- To Phoenix Suns----

Free agents[edit]

Additions[edit]

Date Player Contract Old Team
June 16, 1983 Kevin Magee Undisclosed Pallacanestro Varese (Italy)
September 14, 1983 Paul Westphal Signed 2-year contract New York Knicks
December 10, 1983 Mike Sanders Signed 3-year contract San Antonio Spurs
January 11, 1984 Johnny High Signed two 10-day contracts Phoenix Suns

Subtractions[edit]

Date Player Reason Left New Team
September 12, 1983 Joel Kramer Free agent Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)
October 18, 1983 Kevin Magee Waived Zaragoza (Spain)
December 10, 1983 Johnny High Waived Phoenix Suns
December 20, 1983 Rory White Waived Wyoming Wildcatters (CBA)
January 31, 1984 Johnny High Waived

References[edit]

  1. ^ "At 34, Larry Nances is the oldest of the...". The Baltimore Sun. February 22, 1993. Retrieved December 16, 2010.