2009–10 Phoenix Suns season

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2009–10 Phoenix Suns season
Head coach Alvin Gentry
General manager Steve Kerr
Owner(s) Robert Sarver
Arena US Airways Center
Results
Record 54–28 (.659)
Place Division: 2nd (Pacific)
Conference: 3rd (Western)
Playoff finish Lost in Conference Finals to L.A. Lakers (2–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Fox Sports Arizona, KUTP
Radio KTAR
< 2008–09 2010–11 >

The 2009–10 Phoenix Suns season was the 42nd season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Head coach Alvin Gentry, who coached the Suns the final 31 games during the previous season, was looking to reinstill the offensive tendencies the Suns had developed in seasons past, using the strengths of Steve Nash and Amar'e Stoudemire. A season and a half experiment with Shaquille O'Neal ended in the summer before the season, coupled with the retention of Jason Richardson, and the Suns were primed for a return to the playoffs after a one-season absence. Phoenix would be the only team in the league to hit 40% or more of their three-point field goal percentage while leading the NBA in scoring at 110 points per contest. They would return to the playoffs, defeating the Portland Trail Blazers in six games and sweeping the rivaled San Antonio Spurs in four. Returning to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in four seasons, the Suns met the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers but lost the series in six games to the eventual league champions.

Following the season, Stoudemire signed as a free agent with the New York Knicks and General Manager Steve Kerr left to return as a commentator for TNT.

Key dates[edit]

Offseason[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College / Club
1 14 Clark, EarlEarl Clark Forward  United States Louisville
2 48 Griffin, TaylorTaylor Griffin Forward  United States Oklahoma
2 57 Preldžič, EmirEmir Preldžič Forward  Slovenia /
 Turkey
Turkey Fenerbahçe Ülker

Roster[edit]

Phoenix Suns roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
F/C 17 United States Amundson, Louis 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 238 lb (108 kg) UNLV
G 10 Brazil Barbosa, Leandro 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 202 lb (92 kg) Brazil
F 55 United States Clark, Earl 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Louisville
C 20 United States Collins, Jarron 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 249 lb (113 kg) Stanford
G 2 Slovenia Dragić, Goran 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Slovenia
F 3 United States Dudley, Jared 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Boston College
C 8 United States Frye, Channing 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Arizona
F 32 United States Griffin, Taylor (IN) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 238 lb (108 kg) Oklahoma
G/F 33 United States Hill, Grant (C) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Duke
F/C 21 United States Jones, Dwayne 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 251 lb (114 kg) Saint Joseph's
C 15 United States Lopez, Robin 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Stanford
G 13 Canada Nash, Steve (C) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 178 lb (81 kg) Santa Clara
G/F 23 United States Richardson, Jason 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Michigan State
F/C 1 United States Stoudemire, Amar'e (C) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 249 lb (113 kg) Cypress Creek HS (FL)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

RosterTransactions
Last transaction: September 15, 2009

Pre-season[edit]

2009 Pre-season Game Log: 4–4–0 (Home: 1–2–0 ; Road: 3–2–0)
# Date Visitor Score Home OT Attendance Record Recap
1 October 6 Partizan Belgrade (Serbia) 111–80 Phoenix Suns
2 October 10 (in Indian Wells, California) Phoenix Suns 101–104 Golden State Warriors
3 October 12 Phoenix Suns 105–110 Oklahoma City Thunder
4 October 14 Phoenix Suns 110–104 Portland Trail Blazers
5 October 16 Philadelphia 76ers 115–113 Phoenix Suns
6 October 18 (in Monterrey, Mexico) Philadelphia 76ers 94–116 Phoenix Suns
7 October 20 Sacramento Kings 143–127 Phoenix Suns
8 October 22 (in Vancouver, BC) Portland Trail Blazers 93–113 Phoenix Suns

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
c-Los Angeles Lakers 57 25 .695 34–7 23–18 13–3
x-Phoenix Suns 54 28 .659 3 32–9 22–19 12–4
Los Angeles Clippers 29 53 .354 28 21–20 8–33 5–11
Golden State Warriors 26 56 .317 31 18–23 8–33 5–11
Sacramento Kings 25 57 .305 32 18–23 7–34 5–11
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Los Angeles Lakers 57 25 .695
2 y-Dallas Mavericks 55 27 .671 2
3 x-Phoenix Suns 54 28 .659 3
4 y-Denver Nuggets 53 29 .646 4
5 x-Utah Jazz 53 29 .646 4
6 x-Portland Trail Blazers 50 32 .610 7
7 x-San Antonio Spurs 50 32 .610 7
8 x-Oklahoma City Thunder 50 32 .610 7
9 Houston Rockets 42 40 .512 15
10 Memphis Grizzlies 40 42 .488 17
11 New Orleans Hornets 37 45 .451 20
12 Los Angeles Clippers 29 53 .354 28
13 Golden State Warriors 26 56 .317 31
14 Sacramento Kings 25 57 .305 32
15 Minnesota Timberwolves 15 67 .183 42


Game log[edit]

2009–10 game log
2009–10 season schedule

Playoffs[edit]

The Suns defeated the Portland Trail Blazers in six games in the first round. They swept the San Antonio Spurs in four games in the Western Conference Semifinals, defeating them for the second time in 10 years, after having been eliminated by them in recent seasons four times in five playoff series. The Suns would face the Pacific division-winners Los Angeles Lakers, also the West's top seed, in the Western Conference Finals, but lose the series in six games.

Game log[edit]

2010 playoff game log
2010 playoff schedule

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
Louis Amundson 79 0 14.8 .551 .000 .545 4.4 0.4 .3 .9 4.7
Leandro Barbosa 44 5 17.9 .425 .324 .877 1.6 1.5 .5 .3 9.5
Earl Clark 51 0 7.5 .371 .400 .722 1.2 0.4 .1 .3 2.7
Jarron Collins 34 10 7.7 .387 . .400 1.8 0.2 .1 .1 1.0
Jared Dudley 82 1 24.3 .459 .458 .754 3.4 1.4 1.0 .2 8.2
Goran Dragić 80 2 18.0 .452 .394 .736 2.1 3.0 .6 .1 7.9
Channing Frye 81 41 27.0 .451 .439 .810 5.3 1.4 .8 .9 11.2
Taylor Griffin 8 0 4.0 .400 .000 .500 0.3 0.1 .0 .3 1.3
Grant Hill 81 81 30.0 .478 .438 .817 5.5 2.4 .7 .4 11.3
Dwayne Jones 2 0 3.5 . . . 1.0 0.0 .0 .0 0.0
Robin Lopez 51 31 19.3 .588 . .704 4.9 0.1 .2 1.0+ 8.4
Steve Nash 81 81 32.8 .507 .426 .938 3.3 11.0 .5 .1 16.5
Jason Richardson 79 76 31.5 .474 .393 .739 5.1 1.8 .8 .4 15.7
Amar'e Stoudemire 82 82 34.6 .557 .167 .771 8.9 1.0 0.6 1.0+ 23.1
Alando Tucker* 11 0 6.5 .433 .143 .762 0.6 0.3 .0 .0 3.9

* – Stats with the Suns.
† – Minimum 300 field goals made.
+ – Minimum 70 games played or 100 blocks.

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Louis Amundson 16 0 12.1 .528 . .429 3.5 0.1 .4 .4 2.9
Leandro Barbosa 16 0 15.6 .417 .343 .708 1.3 1.3 .3 .1 7.2
Earl Clark 3 0 4.3 .333 . 1.000^ 0.7 0.3 .3 .0 1.3
Jarron Collins 11 10 10.5 .333 . 1.000^ 1.5 0.0 .1 .1 1.1
Goran Dragić 16 0 14.8 .430 .325 .742 1.8 2.3 .3 .1 7.6
Jared Dudley 16 0 23.6 .465 .424 .607 3.8 1.8 1.1 .4 7.6
Channing Frye 16 0 27.2 .364 .349 .938^ 5.6 0.9 .8 .6 8.2
Grant Hill 16 16 28.3 .480 .188 .868 5.8 2.3 .8 .6 9.6
Dwayne Jones 2 0 5.0 .500 . .750 2.5 .0 .0 .0 2.5
Robin Lopez 6 6 17.3 .543 . 1.000^ 4.0 .0 .3 .2 7.8
Steve Nash 16 16 33.7 .518 .380 .893 3.3 10.1 .3 .1 17.8
Jason Richardson 16 16 33.3 .502 .475 .759 5.4 1.1 1.1 .3 19.8
Amar'e Stoudemire 16 16 36.5 .519 .000 .754 6.6 1.1 .7 1.5 22.2

† – Minimum 20 field goals made.
^ – Minimum 10 free throws made.

Awards, records and milestones[edit]

Awards[edit]

Week/Month[edit]

  • Alvin Gentry (West Coach of the Month – November 2009)
  • Alvin Gentry (West Coach of the Month – March 2010)
  • Amar'e Stoudemire (West Player of the Month – March 2010)

All-Star[edit]

Season[edit]

  • Nash and Stoudemire were named to the All-NBA Second Team.[1]
  • Nash led the league in two statistical categories: assists per game (11.0) and free throw percentage (93.8%).

Records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

  • On January 16, 2010, Stoudemire scored his 10,000th career point in a loss to the Charlotte Bobcats.[2]
  • On January 26, 2010, Nash became the eighth player in NBA history to surpass 8,000 assists in the Suns' loss to the Utah Jazz.[3]

Injuries and surgeries[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

June
June 25, 2009

To Cleveland Cavaliers---- To Phoenix Suns----
June 26, 2009
To Phoenix Suns----
  • Cash considerations
To Cleveland Cavaliers----

Free agents[edit]

Additions[edit]

On July 11, the Suns re-signed Grant Hill and Louis Amundson. On July 13, the Suns signed a two-year contract with former University of Arizona center Channing Frye.[4]

Subtractions[edit]

Depth chart[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]