List of Phoenix Suns seasons

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A home game against the Sacramento Kings in the 2006–07 NBA season

The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team based in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Suns began playing in the NBA as an expansion team in the 1968–69 NBA season. In their inaugural season, the Suns posted a win–loss record of 16—66.[1] They participated in the playoffs only once in their first seven seasons.[2]

In the 1975–76 season, a rookie Alvan Adams helped the team reach its first NBA Finals, which they lost to the Boston Celtics 4—2.[3] Charles Barkley and Steve Nash won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award while playing for the Suns.[4] Barkley led the Suns to the 1993 NBA Finals, where they lost to the Chicago Bulls.[2] After signing with the Suns in 2004,[5] Nash led the team to three straight division titles,[2] but after reaching the Conference Finals in 2009–10 the Suns have subsequently experienced their worst period of on-court failure, missing the playoffs for 7 straight seasons (the franchise's previous record playoff drought was 5 seasons, which happened after the team made the postseason in only their second year of existence during the 1969-70 campaign).

Despite their 2010s failures, the Suns franchise has the NBA’s fourth-best all-time winning percentage,[6] winning 54 percent of its games, as of the end of the 2015–16 season.[2] In their first forty-three seasons, the Suns made the playoffs 29 times, posted nineteen seasons with fifty or more wins, appeared nine times in the Western Conference Finals, and advanced to the NBA Finals in 1976 and 1993.[2] As a result, based on their all-time winning percentage, the Suns are the most successful franchise to never win an NBA championship.[7]

Table key

Steve Nash won two MVP awards as a member of the Suns.[4]
AMVP All-Star Game Most Valuable Player
COY Coach of the Year
Finish Final position in league or division standings
GB Games behind first-place team in division[a]
Losses Number of regular season losses
EOY Executive of the Year
JWKC J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship
MVP Most Valuable Player
ROY Rookie of the Year
SMOY Sixth Man of the Year
SPOR Sportmanship Award
Wins Number of regular season wins
Win% Winning percentage

Seasons

Note: Statistics are correct as of the 2016–17 season.

NBA Champions Conference champions Division champions Playoff berth
Season League Conference Finish Division Finish Wins Losses Win% GB Playoffs Awards[4]
1968–69 NBA Western 7th 16 66 .195 39
1969–70 NBA Western 3rd 39 43 .476 9 Lost Division Semifinals (Lakers) 4–3[8]
1970–71 NBA Western 5th Midwest 3rd 48 34 .585 18
1971–72 NBA Western 5th Midwest 3rd 49 33 .598 14
1972–73 NBA Western 6th Pacific 3rd 38 44 .463 22
1973–74 NBA Western 8th Pacific 4th 30 52 .366 17
1974–75 NBA Western 8th Pacific 4th 32 50 .390 16
1975–76 NBA Western 3rd Pacific 3rd 42 40 .512 17 Won Conference Semifinals (SuperSonics) 4–2
Won Conference Finals (Warriors) 4–3
Lost NBA Finals (Celtics) 4–2[9]
Alvan Adams (ROY)
1976–77 NBA Western 10th Pacific 5th 34 48 .415 19
1977–78 NBA Western 3rd Pacific 2nd 49 33 .598 9 Lost First Round (Bucks) 2–0[10] Walter Davis (ROY)
1978–79 NBA Western 3rd Pacific 2nd 50 32 .610 2 Won First Round (Trail Blazers) 2–1
Won Conference Semifinals (Kings) 4–1
Lost Conference Finals (SuperSonics) 4–3[11]
1979–80 NBA Western 4th Pacific 3rd 55 27 .671 5 Won First Round (Kings) 2–1
Lost Conference Semifinals (Lakers) 4–1[12]
1980–81 NBA Western 1st Pacific 1st 57 25 .695 Lost Conference Semifinals (Kings) 4–3[13]
1981–82 NBA Western 5th Pacific 3rd 46 36 .561 11 Won First Round (Nuggets) 2–1
Lost Conference Semifinals (Lakers) 4–0[14]
1982–83 NBA Western 3rd Pacific 2nd 53 29 .646 5 Lost First Round (Nuggets) 2–1[15]
1983–84 NBA Western 6th Pacific 4th 41 41 .500 13 Won First Round (Trail Blazers) 3–2
Won Conference Semifinals (Jazz) 4–2
Lost Conference Finals (Lakers) 4–2[16]
1984–85 NBA Western 8th Pacific 3rd 36 46 .439 26 Lost First Round (Lakers) 3–0[17]
1985–86 NBA Western 9th Pacific 3rd 32 50 .390 30
1986–87 NBA Western 9th Pacific 5th 36 46 .439 29
1987–88 NBA Western 9th Pacific 4th 28 54 .341 34
1988–89 NBA Western 3rd Pacific 2nd 55 27 .671 2 Won First Round (Nuggets) 3–0
Won Conference Semifinals (Warriors) 4–1
Lost Conference Finals (Lakers) 4–0[18]
Kevin Johnson (MIP)
Cotton Fitzsimmons (COY)
Eddie Johnson (SMOY)
1989–90 NBA Western 5th Pacific 3rd 54 28 .659 9 Won First Round (Jazz) 3–2
Won Conference Semifinals (Lakers) 4–1
Lost Conference Finals (Trail Blazers) 4–2[19]
1990–91 NBA Western 4th Pacific 3rd 55 27 .671 8 Lost First Round (Jazz) 3–1[20] Kevin Johnson (JWKC)
1991–92 NBA Western 4th Pacific 3rd 53 29 .646 4 Won First Round (Spurs) 3–0
Lost Conference Semifinals (Trail Blazers) 4–1[21]
1992–93 NBA Western 1st Pacific 1st 62 20 .756 Won First Round (Lakers) 3–2
Won Conference Semifinals (Spurs) 4–2
Won Conference Finals (SuperSonics) 4–3
Lost NBA Finals (Bulls) 4–2[22]
Charles Barkley (MVP)
1993–94 NBA Western 3rd Pacific 2nd 56 26 .683 7 Won First Round (Warriors) 3–0
Lost Conference Semifinals (Rockets) 4–3[23]
1994–95 NBA Western 2nd Pacific 1st 59 23 .720 Won First Round (Trail Blazers) 3–0
Lost Conference Semifinals (Rockets) 4–3[24]
1995–96 NBA Western 7th Pacific 4th 41 41 .500 23 Lost First Round (Spurs) 3–1[25]
1996–97 NBA Western 7th Pacific 4th 40 42 .488 17 Lost First Round (SuperSonics) 3–2[26]
1997–98 NBA Western 4th Pacific 3rd 56 26 .683 5 Lost First Round (Spurs) 3–1[27] Danny Manning (SMOY)
1998–99[b] NBA Western 7th Pacific 3rd 27 23 .540 8 Lost First Round (Trail Blazers) 3–0[28]
1999–00 NBA Western 5th Pacific 3rd 53 29 .646 14 Won First Round (Spurs) 3–1
Lost Conference Semifinals (Lakers) 4–1[29]
Rodney Rogers (SMOY)
2000–01 NBA Western 6th Pacific 3rd 51 31 .623 5 Lost First Round (Kings) 3–1[30]
2001–02 NBA Western 10th Pacific 6th 36 46 .439 25
2002–03 NBA Western 8th Pacific 4th 44 38 .537 15 Lost First Round (Spurs) 4–2[31] Amar'e Stoudemire (ROY)
2003–04 NBA Western 13th Pacific 6th 29 53 .354 27
2004–05 NBA Western 1st Pacific 1st 62 20 .756 Won First Round (Grizzlies) 4–0
Won Conference Semifinals (Mavericks) 4–2
Lost Conference Finals (Spurs) 4–1[32]
Steve Nash (MVP)
Mike D'Antoni (COY)
2005–06 NBA Western 2nd Pacific 1st 54 28 .659 Won First Round (Lakers) 4–3
Won Conference Semifinals (Clippers) 4–3
Lost Conference Finals (Mavericks) 4–2[33]
Steve Nash (MVP)
Boris Diaw (MIP)
2006–07 NBA Western 2nd Pacific 1st 61 21 .744 Won First Round (Lakers) 4–1
Lost Conference Semifinals (Spurs) 4–2[34]
Leandro Barbosa (SMOY)
Steve Nash (JWKC)
2007–08 NBA Western 6th Pacific 2nd 55 27 .671 2 Lost First Round (Spurs) 4–1[35] Grant Hill (SPOR)
2008–09 NBA Western 9th Pacific 2nd 46 36 .561 19 Shaquille O'Neal (AMVP)
2009–10 NBA Western 3rd Pacific 2nd 54 28 .659 3 Won First Round (Trail Blazers) 4–2
Won Conference Semifinals (Spurs) 4–0
Lost Conference Finals (Lakers) 4–2[36]
Grant Hill (SPOR)
2010–11 NBA Western 10th Pacific 2nd 40 42 .488 17
2011–12 [c] NBA Western 10th Pacific 3rd 33 33 .500 17
2012–13 NBA Western 15th Pacific 5th 25 57 .305 32
2013–14 NBA Western 9th Pacific 3rd 48 34 .585 9 Goran Dragić (MIP)
2014–15 NBA Western 10th Pacific 3rd 39 43 .476 28
2015–16 NBA Western 14th Pacific 4th 23 59 .280 50
2016–17 NBA Western 15th Pacific 5th 24 58 .293 43

All-time records

Statistic Wins Losses Win%
Regular season record (1968–2017) 2,146 1,824 .541
Postseason record (1968–2017) 133 141 .485
All-time regular and post-season record (1968–2017) 2,279 1,965 .537

Notes

  • a This is determined by adding the absolute difference in wins between the leading team and the team of interest to the absolute difference in losses between the two teams, and dividing by two.
  • b Because of a lockout, the season did not start until February 5, 1999, and all 29 teams played a shortened 50-game regular season schedule.[37]
  • c Because of a lockout, the season did not start until December 25, 2011, and all thirty teams played a shortened 66-game regular season schedule.

References

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  10. ^ "1977–78 Phoenix Suns". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 27, 2011. 
  11. ^ "1978–79 Phoenix Suns". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 27, 2011. 
  12. ^ "1979–80 Phoenix Suns". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 27, 2011. 
  13. ^ "1980–81 Phoenix Suns". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 27, 2011. 
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  20. ^ "1990–91 Phoenix Suns". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 27, 2011. 
  21. ^ "1991–92 Phoenix Suns". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 28, 2011. 
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  35. ^ "2007–08 Phoenix Suns". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 28, 2011. 
  36. ^ "2009–10 Phoenix Suns". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 28, 2011. 
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