2005–06 Phoenix Suns season

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2005–06 Phoenix Suns season
Division Champions
Head coach Mike D'Antoni
General manager Bryan Colangelo,
Mike D'Antoni
Owner(s) Robert Sarver
Arena America West Arena,
US Airways Center
Results
Record 54–28 (.659)
Place Division: 1st
Conference: 3rd
Playoff finish Lost in Conference Finals to Dallas (2–4)
Local media
Television FSN Arizona, KUTP
Radio KTAR
< 2004–05 2006–07 >

The 2005–06 Phoenix Suns season was the 38th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Suns were led by head coach Mike D'Antoni, posting a 54–28 record, second best in the Western Conference. All home games were played at the former America West Arena, which changed its name to US Airways Center in January 2006.

The Suns looked to improve on their league-best 62–20 record and a trip to the Western Conference Finals in the 2004–05 season. The Suns suffered a major setback before the season, when All-Star Amar'e Stoudemire underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee. Stoudemire returned for three games, before undergoing another surgery on his right knee. The team was led by defending MVP Steve Nash and All-Star Shawn Marion. Marion led the team in points (21.8), rebounds (11.8), steals (2.0) and blocks (1.7) per game. Nash led the league in assists with 10.5 a game, while posting a career- high 18.8 points a game, earning his second consecutive MVP award.

With injuries to Stoudemire and backup forward-center Kurt Thomas, the Suns looked to second-year forward Boris Diaw to fill in the middle. Listed in the Suns' media guide as a guard before the season, the 6-foot 8-inch Diaw started at small forward, power forward and center throughout the season, posting 13 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and a block a game, earning Most Improved Player honors.

In the first round of the playoffs, the Suns fell into a 1–3 hole against their longtime rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers. They became the (at the time) eighth team in NBA history to recover from a 3–1 deficit, winning the final three games of the series to advance to the semifinals. They defeated the Lakers' Staples Center co-tenants, the Los Angeles Clippers, in another seven-game series. The Suns fell in the Conference Finals to the Dallas Mavericks in six games.[1]

Offseason[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Main article: 2005 NBA draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 21 Nate Robinson Guard  United States Washington
2 57 Marcin Gortat Center  Poland

Roster[edit]

Phoenix Suns roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB (Y-M-D) From
G 10 Brazil Barbosa, Leandro 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 176 lb (80 kg) 1982-11-28 Brazil
G 19 United States Virgin Islands Bell, Raja 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 204 lb (93 kg) 1976-09-19 Florida International
C 11 Republic of Ireland Burke, Pat 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1973-12-14 Auburn
F/C 3 France Diaw, Boris 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1982-04-16 France
F 55 United States Grant, Brian 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 254 lb (115 kg) 1972-03-05 Xavier
G 50 United States House, Eddie 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1978-05-14 Arizona State
F 22 United States Jones, James 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1980-10-04 Miami
F 31 United States Marion, Shawn 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1978-05-07 UNLV
G 13 Canada Nash, Steve (C) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1974-02-07 Santa Clara
F/C 32 United States Stoudemire, Amar'e Injured 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1982-11-16 Cypress Creek HS
F/C 40 United States Thomas, Kurt Injured 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1972-10-04 Texas Christian
F 2 United States Thomas, Tim 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1977-02-26 Villanova
G/F 1 United States Thompson, Dijon Injured 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1982-02-23 UCLA
F 15 Georgia (country) Tskitishvili, Nikoloz 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1983-04-14 Georgia (country)
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 Boris Diaw Pat Burke Kurt Thomas Injured Amar'e Stoudemire Injured
PF Shawn Marion Brian Grant Nikoloz Tskitishvili
SF Tim Thomas James Jones
SG Raja Bell Leandro Barbosa Dijon Thompson Injured
PG Steve Nash Eddie House

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Phoenix Suns 54 28 .659 - 31–10 23–18 10–6
x-Los Angeles Clippers 47 35 .573 7 27–14 20–21 7–9
x-Los Angeles Lakers 45 37 .549 9 27–14 18–23 9–7
x-Sacramento Kings 44 38 .537 10 27–14 17–24 10–6
Golden State Warriors 34 48 .415 20 21–20 13–28 4–12


Record vs. opponents[edit]

2005-06 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MEM MIA MIL MIN NJN NOK NYK ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA TOR UTA WAS
Atlanta 2–1 1–3 0–3 1–2 0–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 4–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–3 1–1 1–3 1–1 2–2 2–2 1–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 0–2 1–3
Boston 1–2 2–1 0–4 0–4 0–2 1–1 0–3 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 0–3 1–1 1–3 2–0 3–1 1–3 3–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 0–2 3–1 2–0 1–3
Charlotte 3–1 1–2 2–2 0–3 0–2 0–2 0–4 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–4 0–3 1–1 1–3 0–2 3–0 1–3 3–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–3
Chicago 3–0 4–0 2–2 0–4 0–2 1–1 0–4 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 2–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–1 3–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 4–0 1–1 3–1
Cleveland 2–1 4–0 3–0 4–0 1–1 1–1 1–3 0–2 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 3–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–2 3–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–0 2–0 1–3
Dallas 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–3 4–0 2–0 3–1 1–2 3–1 2–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 4–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 4–0 2–1 2–2 3–0 2–0 3–1 2–0
Denver 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 2–1 2–2 2–0 1–3 1–2 2–1 2–0 1–1 3–1 0–2 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–3 4–0 1–3 2–2 2–2 2–0 1–3 1–1
Detroit 3–1 3–0 4–0 4–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 3–1 3–1 2–0 2–2 2–0 3–1 2–1 3–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 0–2 0–3
Golden State 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 1–2 0–2 1–3 0–2 1–3 0–4 0–3 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–3 4–0 2–2 0–4 2–1 2–0 1–3 0–2
Houston 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–4 2–2 0–2 3–1 1–1 2–2 1–2 0–4 0–2 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–3 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–3 2–1 2–2 0–4 3–1 0–2 1–2 2–0
Indiana 0–4 1–3 2–2 2–2 1–3 0–2 0–2 1–3 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–2 1–1 2–1 2–0 2–2 3–0 2–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–2
L.A. Clippers 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–3 3–1 0–2 3–1 2–2 0–2 2–2 1–3 1–1 2–0 3–1 1–1 1–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–2 3–0 0–4 1–2 3–1 2–0 2–1 2–0
L.A. Lakers 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 4–0 2–1 1–1 2–2 1–3 1–1 2–0 1–3 0–2 3–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–3 2–2 2–2 1–3 2–1 2–0 2–2 1–1
Memphis 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–2 0–2 3–0 4–0 1–1 3–1 3–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–3 2–0 2–0 0–2 2–1 2–1 2–2 0–4 3–1 2–0 3–1 2–0
Miami 3–1 3–1 4–0 2–1 2–2 0–2 0–2 1–3 1–1 2–0 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 3–0 2–2 3–0 0–2 2–0 2–0 0–2 2–0 3–1 2–0 4–0
Milwaukee 3–1 3–0 3–0 2–2 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 0–2 2–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–3 1–1 3–1 2–2 3–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–1 0–2 2–1
Minnesota 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–3 0–2 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–3 3–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–2 2–2 2–1 0–4 2–2 0–2 1–3 1–1
New Jersey 3–1 3–1 3–1 1–2 2–2 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 3–0 1–3 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 3–1 1–1 2–1
New Orleans/Oklahoma City 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 0–4 1–2 0–2 2–1 3–1 0–2 2–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–3 3–1 2–2 1–3 3–1 2–0 1–3 1–1
New York 2–2 1–3 0–3 1–2 2–1 1–1 0–2 1–3 0–2 0–2 2–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–3 1–3 0–2 1–3 0–2 1–3 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–3 2–0 1–3
Orlando 2–2 3–1 3–1 1–3 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 0–3 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–2 2–2 1–1 0–3 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 2–2
Philadelphia 2–1 1–3 1–3 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–3 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–3 1–3 2–0 3–1 1–1 3–1 1–3 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 0–2 2–2
Phoenix 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–2 3–1 0–2 3–1 3–0 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–2 2–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–2 1–3 2–2 2–0 2–1 1–1
Portland 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–4 0–4 0–2 0–4 1–2 0–2 0–3 2–2 1–2 0–2 0–2 2–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–2 0–4 1–3 1–1 0–4 1–1
Sacramento 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–2 3–1 0–2 2–2 2–2 0–2 4–0 2–2 2–2 0–2 2–0 1–2 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–2 2–1 1–2 3–1 1–1 3–1 0–2
San Antonio 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 4–0 4–0 2–0 2–1 3–1 4–0 2–0 1–1 4–0 2–0 3–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 4–0 2–1 2–1 2–0 3–0 1–1
Seattle 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–3 2–2 0–2 1–2 1–3 1–1 1–3 1–2 1–3 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 3–1 1–3 1–2 1–1 3–1 1–1
Toronto 3–1 1–3 3–1 0–4 0–3 0–2 0–2 1–3 0–2 2–0 2–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–3 1–2 2–0 1–3 0–2 3–1 2–1 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–2
Utah 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–3 3–1 2–0 3–1 2–1 0–2 1–2 2–2 1–3 0–2 2–0 3–1 1–1 3–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–2 4–0 1–3 0–3 1–3 2–0 1–1
Washington 3–1 3–1 3–1 1–3 3–1 0–2 1–1 3–0 2–0 0–2 2–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–4 1–2 1–1 1–2 1–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–1

Playoffs[edit]

Game log[edit]

2006 playoff game log
2006 playoff schedule

Awards and honors[edit]

Week/Month[edit]

  • Shawn Marion was named Western Conference Player of the Month for February.
  • Steve Nash was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played November 21 through November 27.
  • Shawn Marion was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played December 26 through January 1.
  • Steve Nash was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played January 2 through January 8.

All-Star[edit]

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
Leandro Barbosa 57 11 27.9 .481 .444 .755 2.6 2.8 .8 .1 13.1
Andre Barrett* 2 0 10.5 .429 .000 1.000^ 1.5 1.0 .0 .0 4.5
Raja Bell 79 79 37.5 .457 .442 .788 3.2 2.6 1.0 .3 14.7
Pat Burke 42 0 8.2 .496 .286 .619 1.7 0.4 .1 .3 3.4
Josh Davis* 1 0 5.0 .333 .000 .667 1.0 0.0 1.0 .0 4.0
Boris Diaw 81 70 35.5 .526 .267 .731 6.9 6.2 .7 1.0 13.3
Sharrod Ford 3 0 4.3 .667 . . 1.0 0.0 .0 .3 1.3
Brian Grant 21 2 11.8 .415 . .875 2.7 0.3 .2 .1 2.9
Eddie House 81 0 17.5 .422 .389 .805 1.6 1.8 .5 .1 9.8
Jim Jackson* 27 1 15.6 .295 .222 .692 2.4 1.1 .4 .2 3.7
James Jones 75 24 23.6 .418 .386 .851 3.4 0.8 .5 .7 9.3
Shawn Marion 81 81 40.3 .525 .331 .809 11.8 1.8 2.0 1.7 21.8
Steve Nash 79 79 35.4 .512 .439 .921^ 4.2 10.5 .8 .2 18.8
Amar'e Stoudemire 3 3 16.7 .333 .000 .889 5.3 0.7 .3 1.0 8.7
Kurt Thomas 53 50 26.6 .486 . .815 7.8 1.1 .4 1.0 8.6
Tim Thomas* 26 10 24.4 .435 .429 .667 4.9 0.7 .6 .2 11.0
Dijon Thompson 10 0 4.3 .440 .364 1.000^ 1.1 0.1 .3 .1 2.8
Nikoloz Tskitishvili* 12 0 7.2 .364 .333 .667 1.7 0.3 .1 .2 2.8

* – Stats with the Suns.
† – Minimum 300 field goals made.
^ – Minimum 125 free throws made.

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Leandro Barbosa 20 3 31.6 .470 .391 .862 1.6 2.7 .8 .2 14.2
Raja Bell 17 17 39.6 .479 .465^ .829 2.8 2.2 .6 .2 13.6
Pat Burke 3 0 2.3 .500 .500^ .000 1.0 0.0 .0 .3 1.7
Boris Diaw 20 20 39.8 .526 .429 .761 6.7 5.2 .9 1.1 18.7
Brian Grant 5 0 2.4 .333 . .000 0.4 0.0 .0 .0 0.4
Eddie House 14 0 9.3 .365 .214 .750 0.6 0.4 .1 .1 3.1
James Jones 20 6 17.7 .341 .308 .846 3.6 0.3 .3 .9 4.3
Shawn Marion 20 20 42.5 .489 .314 .881 11.7 1.6 1.9 1.2 20.4
Steve Nash 20 20 39.9 .502 .368 .912 3.7 10.2 .4 .3 20.4
Kurt Thomas 1 0 6.0 . . .500 1.0 0.0 .0 .0 1.0
Tim Thomas 20 14 31.8 .491 .444 .776 6.3 1.3 .9 .4 15.1
Nikoloz Tskitishvili 4 0 2.0 .000 .000 .500 0.3 0.5 .0 .0 0.3

^ – Minimum 5 three-pointers made.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2005-06 Phoenix Suns Roster and Stats - Basketball-Reference.com". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 11, 2017.