1993–94 Phoenix Suns season

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1993–94 Phoenix Suns season
Head coach Paul Westphal
General manager Jerry Colangelo
Owner(s) Jerry Colangelo
Arena America West Arena
Results
Record 56–26 (.683)
Place Division: 2nd (Pacific)
Conference: 3rd (Western)
Playoff finish Lost in Semifinals to Houston (3–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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The 1993–94 Phoenix Suns season was the 26th season for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association. The Suns were led by Paul Westphal, in his second year as head coach of the Suns. All home games were played at America West Arena.

All-Star Charles Barkley, coming off a MVP season, led a Phoenix offense that had five players average at least 15 points or more, with Barkley leading at 21.6 per game. Point guard Kevin Johnson was the other 20-point scorer, averaging right at the mark, while Cedric Ceballos averaged 19.1, Dan Majerle 16.5, and A.C. Green 14.7. Barkley led the team in rebounds with an 11.2 average and Johnson in assists with 9.5 a game, the fifth-highest assist average in the league for the season. Majerle connected on 192 three-point field goals, tops in the league.

Barkley and Johnson returned to the All-Star Game, Barkley's eighth and for Johnson, his third and final All-Star selection. At season's end, both had earned All-NBA Second Team honors.

Offseason[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Main article: 1993 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 27 Malcolm Mackey Forward  United States Georgia Tech
2 49 Mark Buford Center  United States Mississippi Valley State
2 54 Byron Wilson Guard  United States Utah

Roster[edit]

Phoenix Suns roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB (Y-M-D) From
SG 22 United States Ainge, Danny 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1959–03–17 Brigham Young
PF 34 United States Barkley, Charles 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 252 lb (114 kg) 1963–02–20 Auburn
SF 23 United States Ceballos, Cedric 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1969–08–02 Cal State Fullerton
PG 10 United States Cooper, Duane 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1969–06–25 Southern California
SF 21 United States Dumas, Richard (S) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1969–05–19 Oklahoma State
PF 45 United States Green, A. C. 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1963–10–04 Oregon State
SG 4 United States Henry, Herman 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1967–12–08 Oklahoma
PG 3 United States Johnson, Frank 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1958–11–23 Wake Forest
PG 7 United States Johnson, Kevin 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1966–03–04 California
C 35 United States Kleine, Joe 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 255 lb (116 kg) 1962–01–04 Arkansas
PF 27 United States Mackey, Malcolm 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 248 lb (112 kg) 1970–07–11 Georgia Tech
SG 9 United States Majerle, Dan 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1965–09–09 Central Michigan
C 25 United States Miller, Oliver 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 280 lb (127 kg) 1970–04–06 Arkansas
C 0 United States Mustaf, Jerrod 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 238 lb (108 kg) 1969–10–28 Maryland
PG 2 United States Perry, Elliot 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 150 lb (68 kg) 1969–03–28 Memphis
C 41 United States West, Mark 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1960–11–05 Old Dominion
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 Mark West Oliver Miller Joe Kleine Jerrod Mustaf
PF Charles Barkley A. C. Green Malcolm Mackey
SF Cedric Ceballos
SG Dan Majerle Danny Ainge Skeeter Henry
PG Kevin Johnson Frank Johnson Elliot Perry Duane Cooper

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Seattle SuperSonics 63 19 .768 37–4 26–15 25–5
x-Phoenix Suns 56 26 .683 7 36–5 20–21 19–11
x-Golden State Warriors 50 32 .610 13 29–12 21–20 19–11
x-Portland Trail Blazers 47 35 .573 16 30–11 17–24 17–13
Los Angeles Lakers 33 49 .402 30 21–20 12–29 7–23
Sacramento Kings 28 54 .341 35 20–21 8–33 9–21
Los Angeles Clippers 27 55 .329 36 17–24 10–31 9–21
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Seattle SuperSonics 63 19 .768
2 y-Houston Rockets 58 24 .707 5
3 x-Phoenix Suns 56 26 .683 7
4 x-San Antonio Spurs 55 27 .671 8
5 x-Utah Jazz 53 29 .646 10
6 x- Golden State Warriors 50 32 .610 13
7 x-Portland Trail Blazers 47 35 .573 16
8 x-Denver Nuggets 42 40 .512 21
9 Los Angeles Lakers 33 49 .402 30
10 Sacramento Kings 28 54 .341 35
11 Los Angeles Clippers 27 55 .329 36
12 Minnesota Timberwolves 20 62 .244 43
13 Dallas Mavericks 13 69 .159 50


Playoffs[edit]

Game log[edit]

1994 playoff game log
1994 playoff schedule

Awards and honors[edit]

Week/Month[edit]

  • Charles Barkley was named Player of the Week for games played November 15 through November 21.
  • Oliver Miller was named Player of the Week for games played December 27 through January 2.

All-Star[edit]

  • Charles Barkley was voted as a starter for the Western Conference in the All-Star Game. It was his eighth consecutive All-Star selection. Barkley led all players in voting with 794,936 votes. Barkley was unable to play due to injury and was replaced by Gary Payton.
  • Kevin Johnson was selected as a reserve for the Western Conference in the All-Star Game. It was his third All-Star selection. Johnson finished third in voting among Western Conference guards with 431,885 votes.
  • Other Suns players receiving All-Star votes were A. C. Green (368,601) and Dan Majerle (329,618).

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
Danny Ainge 68 1 22.9 .417 .328 .830^ 1.9 2.6 .8 .1 8.9
Charles Barkley 65 65 35.4 .495 .270 .704 11.2 4.6 1.6 .6 21.6
Cedric Ceballos 53 43 30.2 .535 .000 .724 6.5 1.7 1.1 .4 19.1
Duane Cooper 23 2 5.9 .439 .143 .733 0.4 1.2 .1 .0 2.1
Joe Courtney* 33 1 5.1 .513 . .719 0.8 0.3 .1 .2 3.1
A. C. Green 82 55 34.5 .502 .229 .735 9.2 1.7 .9 .5 14.7
Skeeter Henry 4 0 3.8 .200 .000 .500 0.5 1.0 .0 .0 1.0
Frank Johnson 70 5 12.5 .448 .167 .783 1.2 2.1 .6 .0 4.6
Kevin Johnson 67 67 36.6 .487 .222 .819^ 2.5 9.5 1.9 .1 20.0
Joe Kleine 74 4 11.5 .488 .455 .769 2.6 0.6 .2 .3 3.9
Negele Knight* 1 0 8.0 .250 . . 0.0 0.0 .0 1.0 2.0
Malcolm Mackey 22 0 3.1 .378 .000 .500 1.1 0.0 .0 .1 1.5
Dan Majerle 80 76 40.1 .418 .382 .739 4.4 3.4 1.6 .5 16.5
Oliver Miller 69 30 25.9 .609 .222 .584 6.9 3.5 1.2 2.3 9.2
Jerrod Mustaf 33 2 5.9 .357 . .591 1.7 0.2 .1 .2 2.2
Elliot Perry 27 9 16.0 .372 .000 .750 1.4 4.6 .9 .0 3.9
Mark West 82 50 15.1 .566 . .500 3.6 0.4 .4 1.3 4.7

* - Stats with the Suns.
† - Minimum 50 three-pointers made.
^ - Minimum 125 free-throws made.

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Danny Ainge 10 0 23.0 .458 .425 .714 2.3 2.1 .6 .1 8.6
Charles Barkley 10 10 42.5 .509 .350 .764 13.0 4.8 2.5 .9 27.6
Cedric Ceballos 10 8 21.2 .462 .000 .833 4.4 0.8 .8 .2 10.1
A. C. Green 10 2 35.0 .482 .412 .613 8.4 1.3 1.0 .2 12.5
Skeeter Henry 3 0 5.3 .167 .000 . 1.0 1.0 .0 .0 0.7
Frank Johnson 7 0 6.6 .083 .000 .500 0.6 0.7 .3 .0 0.4
Kevin Johnson 10 10 42.7 .458 .300 .852 3.5 9.6 1.0 .1 26.6
Joe Kleine 8 0 10.1 .429 . .667 2.1 0.4 .1 .5 3.5
Dan Majerle 10 10 41.0 .362 .339 .688 4.3 2.4 1.1 .4 12.3
Oliver Miller 10 4 14.6 .593 . .429 4.4 1.3 .6 1.2 3.5
Elliot Perry 4 0 3.3 .143 . . 0.0 0.3 .3 .0 0.5
Mark West 7 6 9.9 .333 . .700 2.9 0.0 .0 1.0 2.4

† - Minimum 20 field goals made.

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

November 8, 1993
To San Antonio Spurs---- To Phoenix Suns----

Free agents[edit]

Additions[edit]

Date Player Contract Old Team
July 23, 1993 Richard Dumas Re-signed to multi-year contract Phoenix Suns
July 28, 1993 Frank Johnson Re-signed to 1-year contract for $500,000 Phoenix Suns
August 13, 1993 Joe Kleine Signed to 4-year contract for $3.8 million Boston Celtics
August 26, 1993 Cedric Ceballos Re-signed to 5-year contract for $11 million Phoenix Suns
September 3, 1993 Joe Courtney Signed to 1-year contract for $150,000 Golden State Warriors
September 28, 1993 A. C. Green Signed to 5-year contract for $15.1 million Los Angeles Lakers
October 7, 1993 Rod Higgins Undisclosed Sacramento Kings
November 10, 1993 Duane Cooper Signed to 1-year contract for $150,000 Los Angeles Lakers
January 22, 1994 Elliot Perry Signed to two 10-day contracts Grand Rapids Hoops (CBA)
February 11, 1994 Elliot Perry Signed for rest of season Phoenix Suns
April 15, 1994 Skeeter Henry Signed for rest of season Dijon (France)

Subtractions[edit]

Date Player Reason Left New Team
June 25, 1993 Tom Chambers Free agent Utah Jazz
October 16, 1993 Byron Wilson Waived Oklahoma City Cavalry (CBA)
November 2, 1993 Rod Higgins Waived Cleveland Cavaliers
January 21, 1994 Tim Kempton Waived Charlotte Hornets
February 26, 1994 Joe Courtney Waived Milwaukee Bucks

References[edit]