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Phoenix Suns
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Conference Western Conference NBA Western Conference
Division Pacific Division
Founded 1968
History Phoenix Suns
Arena Footprint Center
City Phoenix, Arizona
Team Colors White, Purple, Orange, Black, Gray, Yellow, Teal
Media Bally Sports Arizona
Owner(s) Matt Ishbia
General Manager James Jones
Head Coach Mike Budenholzer
Uniform Sponsor PayPal
Affiliate Valley Suns
NBA NBA Championship logo 0
Conference Conference Championship logo 3 (1976, 1993, 2021)
Division 8 (1981, 1993, 1995, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2021, 2022)
Retired numbers 12 (5, 6, 6, 7, 9, 13, 24, 31, 33, 34, 42, 44)
Official Website
SunsAssociation SunsIcon Sun’s Statement Edition Jersey
Home court
Phoenix Suns Court (2023)

The Phoenix Suns are an American professional basketball team based in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns are a member of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Suns play their home games at the Footprint Center.

The franchise began play in 1968 as an expansion team, and their early years were shrouded in mediocrity, but their fortunes changed in the 1970s, where, after partnering long-term Guard Dick Van Arsdale and Center Alvan Adams with Paul Westphal, the Suns reached the 1976 NBA Finals. However, they lost to the Boston Celtics in six games. The Suns would rebuild around Walter Davis for a majority of the 1980s, until the acquisition of Kevin Johnson in 1988.

Under Johnson, and after trading for perennial NBA All-Star Charles Barkley, and combined with the output of Tom Chambers and Dan Majerle, the Suns reached the playoffs for a franchise-record thirteen consecutive appearances and remained a regular title contender throughout the 1990s, and reached the 1993 NBA Finals. However, the team would again fail to win a championship, as they fell to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in six games as the Bulls completed their first three–peat, and entered into another period of mediocrity until the early part of the 2000s.

In 2004, the Suns reacquired Steve Nash, and immediately returned into playoff contention. With Nash, Shawn Marion, and Amar'e Stoudemire, and under head coach Mike D'Antoni, the Suns became renowned worldwide for their quick, dynamic offense, which became known as "Seven Seconds or Less", and it led them to tie a franchise record in wins in the 2004–05 season. Two more top two Conference placements followed, but the Suns again failed to attain an NBA championship, and were forced into another rebuild.

After ten consecutive seasons without a playoff berth, the Suns reached the 2021 NBA Finals after acquiring Chris Paul, who formed a quartet with their young core of Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges. In 2023, the Suns acquired 13-time All-Star and two-time NBA champion Kevin Durant and three-time All-Star Bradley Beal.

The Suns own the NBA's seventh-best all-time winning percentage, have the second-highest winning percentage among teams that have never won an NBA championship, and also have the most NBA Finals appearances of teams without an NBA title. Ten Hall of Famers have played for Phoenix, while two Suns—Barkley and Nash—have won the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award while playing for the team.

The Suns are the only one of Arizona's major professional sports franchises which uses "Phoenix" instead of "Arizona" as its geographical identifier. The National Football League's Arizona Cardinals and National Hockey League's Arizona Coyotes used "Phoenix" as their geographical identifier when they moved from other locations, but later changed to "Arizona". Major League Baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks have always used the state as their identifier.

Home arenas[]

Franchise history[]

Team creation[]

The Suns were one of two franchises to join the NBA at the start of the 1968-69 season, alongside the Milwaukee Bucks from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They were the first major professional sports franchise in the Phoenix market and in the entire state of Arizona, and remained the only one for the better part of 20 years (a Phoenix Roadrunners team played in the World Hockey Association from 1974 to 1977) until the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League relocated from St. Louis in 1988. The Suns played its first 24 seasons at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, called the "Madhouse on McDowell", located slightly Northwest of Downtown Phoenix. The franchise was formed by an ownership group led by Karl Eller, owner of a public enterprise, the investor Donald Pitt, Don Diamond, Bhavik Darji, Marvin Meyer, and Richard Bloch. Other owners with a minority stake consisted of entertainers, such as Andy WilliamsBobbie Gentry, and Ed Ames. There were many critics, including then-NBA commissioner J. Walter Kennedy, who said that Phoenix was "too hot", "too small", and "too far away" to be considered a successful NBA market. This was despite the fact that the Phoenix metropolitan area was growing rapidly, and the Suns would have built-in geographical foes in places like in San DiegoLos AngelesSan Francisco, and Seattle.

After continual prodding by Bloch (who became president of the Phoenix Suns), in 1968 the NBA Board of Governors granted franchises to Phoenix and Milwaukee on January 22, 1968 with an entry fee of $2 million. The Suns nickname was among 28,000 entries that were formally chosen in a name-the-team contest sponsored by The Arizona Republic, with the winner awarded $1,000 and season tickets for the inaugural season. Suns was preferred over Scorpions, Rattlers, Thunderbirds, Wranglers, Mavericks, Tumbleweeds, Mustangs, and Cougars. Stan Fabe, who owned a commercial printing plant in Tucson, designed the team's first iconic logo for a mere $200; this was after the team paid $5,000 to a local artist to design the team's logo. However, they were disappointed with the results.

In the 1968 NBA Expansion Draft, notable Suns' pickups were future Hall of Famer Gail Goodrich and Dick Van Arsdale.

1968–1976: Early years[]


Phoenix Suns logo 1968–1992.

Jerry Colangelo, then a player scout, came over from the Chicago Bulls, a franchise formed two years earlier, as the Suns' first general manager at the age of 28, along with Johnny "Red" Kerr as head coach. Unlike the first-year success that Colangelo and Kerr had in Chicago, in which the Bulls finished with a first-year expansion record of 33 wins and a playoff berth (plus a Coach of the Year award for Kerr), Phoenix finished its first year at 16–66, and finished 25 games out of the final playoff spot.

Both Goodrich and Van Arsdale were selected to the All-Star Game in their first season with the Suns. Goodrich returned to his former team, the Lakers, after two seasons with the Suns, but Van Arsdale spent the rest of his playing days as a Sun and a one-time head coach for Phoenix.

The Suns' last-place finish that season led to a coin flip for the number-one overall pick for the 1969 NBA draft with the expansion-mate Milwaukee Bucks. Milwaukee won the flip, and the rights to draft UCLA center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then known as Lew Alcindor), while Phoenix settled on drafting center Neal Walk from Florida. The 1969–70 season posted better results for the Suns, finishing 39–43, but losing to the eventual Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs. The next two seasons (1970–71 and 1971–72), the Suns finished with 48- and 49-win seasons, but did not qualify for the playoffs in either year, and did not reach the playoffs again until 1976.

1975–1976: Trip to the NBA Finals[]

The 1975–76 season proved to be a pivotal year for the Suns as they made several key moves, including the offseason trade of former All-Star guard Charlie Scott to the Boston Celtics in exchange for guard Paul Westphal, a member of Boston's 1974 championship team. They also drafted center and eventual fan favorite Alvan Adams from the University of Oklahoma and guard Ricky Sobers of UNLV. The Suns and Buffalo Braves made a midseason trade, with Phoenix sending forward/center John Shumate to Buffalo in exchange for forward Garfield Heard.

Phoenix had an inconsistent regular season, starting out at 14–9 (then the best start in team history), then went 4–18 during a stretch where the team sustained several injuries (including Dick Van Arsdale breaking his right arm in a February game). The Suns then went 24–13 in the final 37 games to finish 42–40, clinching their first playoff spot since 1970. The Suns faced the Seattle SuperSonics in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs, winning the series four games to two, and beat the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals, four games to three, to advance to their first NBA Finals.

The Suns faced an experienced Boston Celtics team, led by eventual Hall of Famers Dave Cowens and John Havlicek. Game five of the 1976 NBA Finals took place at Boston Garden, where the Suns came back from a 22-point first-half deficit to force overtime. Havlicek made what was supposed to be a game-winning basket, but due to fans rushing the floor before time officially expired, officials put one second back on the clock with Phoenix having possession of the ball, but under their own basket. Instead of attempting a desperation heave, the Suns' Westphal intentionally called a timeout that they did not have, a technical foul, giving the Celtics a free throw, which Jo Jo White converted to put them up 112–110. However, this advanced the ball to half-court, and once the Suns had possession, Gar Heard made a buzzer-beating turnaround jump shot to force a third overtime. The Suns' hard-fought battle was short-lived, as Boston's reserve player Glenn McDonald scored six of his eight points in the third overtime to lead the Celtics to a 128–126 win. Boston eventually won the series in six games, clinching the championship at the Coliseum, defeating Phoenix in game six, 87–80.

1976–1988: From success to scandals[]

In the late '70s and early '80s, the Suns enjoyed several successful seasons, making the playoffs for 8 seasons in a row. Problems arose, however, on and off court, in the mid '80s. In 1987 the Maricopa County Attorney's Office indicted 13 people on drug-related charges, three of whom were active Suns players (James Edwards, Jay Humphries and Grant Gondrezick). These indictments were partially based on testimony from star player Walter Davis, who was given immunity. No defendants ever went to trial: two of the players went into a prosecution diversion program, while another received probation. Nevertheless, the scandal, although now perceived in many respects to be a witch hunt, tarnished the reputation of the franchise both nationally and within the community. The scandal did provide an opening for general manager Colangelo to lead a group that bought the team from its owners for $44 million, a record at that time.

With a drug scandal and the loss of promising young center Nick Vanos, who was killed in the crash of Northwest Airlines Flight 255 after taking off from Detroit Metropolitan Airport, the franchise was in turmoil on and off the court.

1988–1992: The Kevin Johnson era[]

Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson was the Suns' point guard for 11 seasons.

The Suns' luck began to turn around in 1987, however, with the acquisition from the Cleveland Cavaliers of Kevin Johnson, Mark West, and Tyrone Corbin for popular Power Forward Larry Nance.

This was the beginning of a franchise-record 13 consecutive playoff appearances. All-Star Tom Chambers came over from the Seattle SuperSonics (the first unrestricted free agent in NBA history), 1986 second round draft pick Jeff Hornacek continued to develop, and "Thunder" Dan Majerle was drafted with the 14th pick in the 1988 draftKurt Rambis was added from the Charlotte Hornets in 1989, and the team upset the top-seeded and defending two-time Western Conference Champion Los Angeles Lakers in five games during the playoffs that season, before falling to the eventual Western Conference Champion Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals. In 1990–91, the Suns went 55–27 but lost in the first round to the Utah Jazz, 3–1. In 1991–92, the Suns went 53–29. Having sent four players to the All-Star Game in the previous two seasons (Chambers, Johnson, Hornacek, and Majerle), the Suns swept the San Antonio Spurs in three games in the first round of the 1992 NBA Playoffs. The Suns then were defeated in five games to the Portland Trail Blazers in the Conference Semifinals. The series was punctuated by a game four in which the Suns lost in double overtime 153–151 (the highest scoring game in NBA Playoff history to-date). That game was the last Suns game ever played at the Coliseum.

1992–1996: The Charles Barkley era[]

PhoenixSunslogo 1992–2000

Phoenix Suns logo 1992–2000.

In 1992, the Suns moved into their new state-of-the-art arena in downtown Phoenix, the America West Arena. The arena is occasionally referred to as the "Purple Palace" due to its purple seats, one of the Suns' colors. With the added revenue the Suns were now enjoying from their new facility, this allowed them to make some major roster moves. It started with the addition of flamboyant all-star power forward Charles Barkley who was traded from the Philadelphia 76ers for Jeff Hornacek, Andrew Lang, and Tim Perry. The luring of Barkley, one of the major national stars of the NBA, to Phoenix - one of the "small markets" in the minds of the primarily New York-centered sports media - was considered at the time to be huge. Many Suns fans believe that the addition of Barkley, "put Phoenix on the map". Barkley would go on to win his first and only MVP his first year with Phoenix in 1993.

In addition to Barkley, the Suns added some key players to their roster including former Boston Celtic Danny Ainge and drafted two young promising performers in University of Arkansas center Oliver Miller and forward Richard Dumas (who was actually drafted in 1991, but was suspended for his rookie year for violating the NBA drug policy). The Suns had a dynamic team that was hard to stop and captured the attention of fans not only in Phoenix, but across the entire state of Arizona and the nation as well.

Charles Barkley Suns

Charles Barkley was traded from the Philadelphia 76ers to the Suns in 1992, winning the MVP award in the 1992–93 season and led the Suns to the NBA Finals in 1993.

Under rookie head coach Paul Westphal (a former Suns assistant and as a player and member of the 1976 Suns squad that went to the NBA Finals), the Suns squad consisting mostly of Barkey, Majerle, Johnson and Ainge won 62 games that year. After eliminating the Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, and Seattle SuperSonics, the Suns advanced to the Finals for the second time in franchise history. They eventually lost in dramatic fashion to the Bulls, led by Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. This series included a triple-overtime game (Game 3); the Suns have been involved in both of the two longest-ever NBA Finals games. Thousands of fans later flocked the streets of Phoenix in a "victory" celebration of sorts, in appreciation of a memorable season.

The Suns continued to show great regular season success, going 178–68 during the 1992–93, 1993–94, and 1994–95 seasons. They continued to bolster their roster adding players such as A.C. Green, Danny Manning, Elliot Perry, and Wesley Person. Despite a Pacific Division title in 1995, the Suns ended up being eliminated in consecutive Western Conference Semifinal rounds at the hands of the Houston Rockets. In both years, the Suns led the series by two games at one point (2–0 in 1994, 3–1 in 1995) only to see the Rockets come back to win the matchup.

At the end of the 1994–95 season, Phoenix Suns general manager, Bryan Colangelo (son of Jerry) initiated what proved to be a very costly trade, sending all star guard/forward Dan Majerle and a first round draft pick, to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for John "Hot Rod" Williams. Majerle was a favorite amongst the fans in Phoenix as well as the Suns locker room. The trade was made to address the Suns' desperate need of a shot blocking center, but it proved in time to be unbeneficial as Majerle's presence was sorely missed, and Williams's production never met expectations.

The 1995–96 season turned into a very disappointing year for the Suns in which they posted a 41–41 record, and were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs to the San Antonio Spurs. Westphal was fired mid-way through the season and replaced once again by Fitzsimmons. A combination of front office unrest, along with the dwindling possibility of winning a championship lead to turmoil in Barkley's relationship with Jerry Colangelo who both spurned each other publicly. This led to Barkley being traded to the Houston Rockets for Sam Cassell, Robert Horry, Mark Bryant, and Chucky Brown, but the trade turned out be very unproductive for either team, as Barkley's best years were behind him in Houston, as age and physical ability quickly caught up with an already aging Rockets team. As for the Suns, three of the four players were not with the franchise just one year later, and furthermore the two most talented players (being Horry and Cassell) constantly clashed with the coach and seemed to be a negative influence in the locker room. (The feud between Barkley and Colangelo has since been repaired, and Barkley has appeared at a number of Suns home games in the years since. He was also present to see his number retired into the Suns "Ring Of Honor" in 2004.)

1996–2004: Average times[]

In the 1996 NBA Draft, the Suns used their 15th pick for guard Steve Nash from Canada by way of Santa Clara University. Upon hearing the draft announcement, Suns fans booed in disapproval of the relatively unknown player, due to the fact that he played in the West Coast Conference, then as now considered a mid-major conference (notwithstanding the rise of WCC member Gonzaga to national prominence in the 21st century). [3] During his first two seasons in the NBA, he played a supporting role behind NBA star point guards Jason Kidd and Kevin Johnson. On June 25, 1998, Nash was traded from the Suns to the Mavericks in exchange for Martin Muursepp, Bubba Wells, the draft rights to Pat Garrity, and a first-round draft pick which was later used to select Shawn Marion.

After the trade, the Suns began the 1996–97 miserably starting 0–13 which was a franchise record for the worst start. During the 13 game losing streak, Fitzsimmons stepped down as coach and was replaced by former player Danny Ainge.

After an on the court altercation between Ainge and Horry, Horry was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for former Sun and NBA all-star Cedric Ceballos. Cassell was later traded to Dallas for all-star guard Jason Kidd. With a mostly small lineup, the Suns put together an 11 game win streak that put them in the playoffs, in a series that almost upset the highly favored Sonics.

Phoenix Suns logo 2000–2013

Phoenix Suns logo 2000–2013.

In the off-season before the 2000 NBA season, the Suns traded for perennial All-Star Anfernee Hardaway (also known as "Penny" Hardaway) stirring a large amount of hype by creating the tandem of Kidd and Hardaway, which was called "Backcourt 2000". However, the combination of Hardaway and Kidd was never fully realized as Hardaway would miss a number of games during the middle of the 1999–2000 season and Kidd would break his ankle going into the playoffs just as Hardaway began his return to the court. As the Suns, now led by the returned Hardaway entered the 2000 playoffs, they shocked the favored San Antonio Spurs by ousting them from the playoffs 3–1 in the best of five series. However, even with the return of Kidd at Hardaway's side in the next round, the Suns fell to the eventual NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers in a 4–1 series.

The Suns continued to make the playoffs until the 2001–02 campaign, when they fell short for the first time in 14 years. That season marked the trade of Jason Kidd, partly due to a publicized domestic violence episode, to the New Jersey Nets for Stephon Marbury. Lottery-bound, however, the Suns were able to draft Amare Stoudemire.


The Suns drafted Amar'e Stoudemire in 2002, becoming a six-time NBA All-Star.

The 2002–03 campaign saw the emergence of Amar'e Stoudemire, who many have likened to Hall of Fame forward/center Moses Malone. His size and athleticism, along with a strong work ethic, have many anticipating him to join the ranks of Tracy McGrady, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Garnett as the best NBA players to have jumped from high school to the pro ranks. He was named the NBA Rookie of the Year for the 2002-03 season, during which the Suns posted a record of 44-38 and returned to the playoffs. The Suns were eliminated in the first round once again by the San Antonio Spurs, but only after a six game series in which the Suns played the eventual NBA champions surprisingly close.

In the 2003–04 season, the Suns again found themselves out of the playoffs. Following one of the worst pre-seasons in Suns franchise history, the Suns got off to a rocky start in the regular season. Convinced that the team was going nowhere, the Suns made a blockbuster mid-season trade sending Stephon Marbury and Penny Hardaway off to the New York Knicks. After the trade, the Suns continued to struggle, but the trade opened up opportunities for some of the Sun's young rising stars.

2004–2012: The Steve Nash era[]

2004–2006: Nash wins back-to-back MVPs[]


After Nash's return to Phoenix in 2004, they won 33 more games than they did the previous season.

The beginning of 2004 saw the departure of the face of Suns management since the team's inception, when Jerry Colangelo announced that the Phoenix Suns were to be sold to an investment group headed by San Diego-based business executive (and Tucson native) Robert Sarver for $401 million. However, the 2004-05 season marked the Suns' return to the NBA's elite, with the Suns finishing with the best record in the NBA at 62-20, tying their franchise record that was set by the 1992-93 team. This feat was made possible by the offseason re-acquisition of All-Star point guard and former Sun Steve Nash from Dallas. Nash would go on to win the MVP award that season. Amare Stoudemire and Shawn Marion were named All-Stars this year and first year coach, Mike D'Antoni, was named NBA Coach of the Year.

In the 2005 playoffs, Phoenix was the first seed in the Western Conference, and because it owned the NBA's best record, it was guaranteed home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. The Suns swept the Memphis Grizzlies 4-0 and defeated the number fourth-seeded Dallas Mavericks in the second round 4-2, Steve Nash forcing Game 6 into OT with a 3-pointer in the dying seconds. In the Western Conference Finals, the Suns played the San Antonio Spurs who won the series 4-1, ending Phoenix's outstanding season. The Suns narrowly lost the first 2 at home fell behind 3-0 in the series, but won Game 4 in San Antonio 111-106, but were eliminated at home 101-95. Amar'e Stoudemire averaged a staggering 37.0 ppg, the highest ever by a player in their first Conference Finals.

The 2005-06 season began on an incredibly sour note when Stoudemire underwent microfracture knee surgery on October 18, 2005. He missed all, but three games that year. Along with that, promising shooting guard Joe Johnson demanded a trade to the Atlanta Hawks, in which the Suns got Boris Diaw along with two future first round picks. Other acquisitions this year included Raja Bell and Kurt Thomas. Despite the turnover in players, the Suns were once again able to win the Pacific going 54-28 and capturing the second seed in the Western Conference. Steve Nash was awarded his second consecutive NBA Most Valuable Player Award, becoming the second point-guard (Magic Johnson was the first) to win the award multiple times. Also, Boris Diaw was named NBA Most Improved Player.

The Suns began the 2006 Western Conference Playoffs as favorites against the 7th-seeded Los Angeles Lakers. After winning Game 1 in Phoenix, they found themselves trailing in the series 3–1 after impressive performances by Laker shooting guard Kobe Bryant, who made the game-winning shot in Game 4 in overtime. However, the Suns went on to win three straight games. They won Game 5 easily at home and Game 6 in OT, their first OT win all season despite 50 points from Bryant and Raja Bell out serving a one-game suspension (for a flagrant foul against Bryant in Game 5) with last second help from midseason acquisition Tim Thomas. On their home court, the Suns won Game 7 121–90, eliminating the Lakers for the first time since 1993. The Suns are 1 of 9 teams in NBA history to win a playoff series after being behind 3–1.

In the second round, the Suns faced the Lakers' crosstown rival and Staples Center co-tenant, the Los Angeles Clippers. The series was a see-saw, with both teams trading games on each others' courts. The series was 2–2 and The Suns faced a huge deficit in Game 5 but fought back and won in double OT and after a Game 6 loss finally won the series in the decisive seventh game on their home court at US Airways Center, winning by a margin of 20 with an NBA record 15 3-point FG's May 22, 2006.

They went on to play the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals. Underdogs this time, The Suns took Game 1 in Dallas by a single point and their May 30 victory in Game 4 marked the most wins thus far for the franchise in a Conference Finals series since the 1993 season. Many credit this success (despite losing Stoudemire) to the emergence of Diaw, Bell (injured for most of this series), and Barbosa as clutch playoff performers; and an overall team depth they did not possess at all last season. The Suns fought hard in Games 5 and 6, but clearly missed the injured Raja Bell's hot shooting and defense and were finally eliminated from the series on June 3, 2006 in Game 6.

2006–2008: "Seven seconds or less"[]

In the 2006 offseason, the Suns signed Minnesota Timberwolves PG Marcus Banks to a five-year contract worth about $21 million. Also, the Suns signed guard Leandro Barbosa to a five-year contract extension beginning in the 2007-08 season worth approximately $33 million. Boris Diaw was also extended to a five-year deal worth approximately $45 million.

Under coach D'Antoni, the Suns popularized the fast break offense known as 7 seconds or less, which was later published in a book written by Sports Illustrated writer Jack McCallum. Though criticized for a supposed lack of defense, the Suns specialized an efficient offense designed to quickly get off shots that made regrouping on defense difficult for the opposing team.

The Suns entered the 2006–07 season aiming to win the first championship in franchise history. From November 20 to December 22, the Suns posted a 15-game win streak, followed almost immediately with a 17-game win streak from December 29 to January 28. On March 14, the 49–14 Suns met the 52–10 Dallas Mavericks in a match-up where both teams were fighting for the top seed in the Western conference and Nash was going for his third consecutive MVP award against Dirk Nowitzki. Though the Suns won the game in double overtime, the Mavericks would finish with the West's top seed at 67–15, and Nowitzki would narrowly win the MVP award ahead of Nash.

While the Mavericks were upset in the first round by the eight-seed Golden State Warriors, the 61–21 Suns once again swiftly dispatched Bryant and the Lakers in five games in the opening round of the playoffs. This set up a rematch of the 2005 Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs. The series saw the Spurs defeat the Suns in six games, in what many called "the real finals" of the 2006–07 season. The Spurs went on to win the championship that year, sweeping the Cleveland Cavaliers in four games in the NBA Finals to win the franchise's fourth NBA championship.

On June 6, former TNT TV analyst and NBA three-point specialist Steve Kerr was appointed Suns' general manager and president of basketball operations. Kerr was also a part of the Sarver-led investment group that purchased the franchise from Jerry Colangelo. His first off-season signing was former Orlando Magic Small Forward Grant Hill on a one-year $1.8 million deal with a player option for a second season at $2 million. Hill, who was previously considered injury-prone, played in the majority of games over the next four seasons as a starter.

The Suns finished 55–27 on the season, two games behind the Lakers, who won the division. In the opening round of the playoffs, the Suns lost to the Spurs in five games, the first time they did not advance past the first round in the D'Antoni-Nash era. Some have attributed this to the mid-season acquisition of aging former MVP Shaquille O'Neal for four-time All Star Shawn Marion. Though O'Neal was brought in as a physical presence to match with the likes of the Spurs' Tim Duncan, the move all, but ended their fast-paced offense which had brought them to the cusp of a Finals appearance.

On May 11, 2008, Suns' head coach Mike D'Antoni left the team and signed with the New York Knicks.

2008–2010: Ups and downs[]

On June 9, 2008, Terry Porter was named head coach of the Phoenix Suns, succeeding Mike D'Antoni. Porter was an assistant coach of the Detroit Pistons when he was let go after the Pistons were eliminated by the Boston Celtics in the 2008 NBA Eastern Conference Finals. During the off-season, the Suns had difficulties signing free agents because of being over the luxury tax. They made attempts to sign a backup point guard, Tyronn Lue; however, he decided to sign with the Bucks for more money. The Suns selected Robin Lopez (15th overall pick out of Stanford) in the 2008 NBA Draft and acquired Goran Dragić, who was originally picked by the rival Spurs.

On February 16, 2009, the Suns fired Porter and he was succeeded by Alvin Gentry. The Suns were expected to make the transition back to the up-tempo style basketball nicknamed the "7 Seconds or Less" or "Run and Gun" style. On February 18, Gentry began his head coaching tenure with a 140–100 blowout over the Clippers at home. Six Suns players scored in double digits, led by Leandro Barbosa's 24 points. The Suns led by as much as 50 points during the game and were without their swingman Jason Richardson who was serving a one-game suspension. However, this offense cost them their defense, allowing over 107 points per game, 27th in the league. The Suns scored 140 in the next two games. On February 20, Amar'e Stoudemire underwent eye surgery and was out for eight weeks. They went 18–13 under Gentry in the last 31 games. At the end of the season, the Suns missed the playoffs with a 46–36 record.

During the 2009–10 season, the Suns played a far more balanced style of basketball and finished with a 54–28 record. The Suns advanced to the Western Conference Finals, eliminating the Portland Trail Blazers in six games and the San Antonio Spurs in four games, including an explosive performance by Goran Dragić in game three against the Spurs, scoring 23 points in the fourth quarter. The Suns faced the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals, but lost to the defending and eventual champion in six games.

On June 15, 2010, Kerr resigned as general manager of the Suns and opted to return as an analyst for TNT effective June 30, 2010. In the wake of Kerr's decision to leave the club, senior vice president of basketball operations David Griffin told managing partner Robert Sarver that he did not want to be a candidate to replace Kerr and left when his contract expired on June 30. The last moves of both Kerr and Griffin were drafting players Gani Lawal and Dwayne Collins with the second round draft picks that they had in the pp2010 NBA Draft]].

2010–2012: Slow decline without Amar'e[]

The Suns re-signed Amar'e Stoudemire in the 2010 free agency period with a five-year contract for around $95 million, with $71 million guaranteed, and the rest of his salary coming only if certain conditions were held, such as getting guaranteed 4th and 5th-season money if he remained healthy enough to meet those conditions. However, during the summer of 2010, the Suns let Stoudemire go to the New York Knicks since they were guaranteeing him $100 million and hired player agent Lon Babby as president of basketball operations. The team then paid over $80 million to acquire Hedo TürkoğluJosh Childress, and Hakim Warrick to not only replace Stoudemire but also add bench depth. On August 5, 2010, the Suns hired Lance Blanks as general manager. On December 19, 2010, the Suns acquired Vince CarterMickaël Piétrus, and Marcin Gortat from the Orlando Magic, along with a low draft pick and cash considerations. For this acquisition, the Suns traded Jason Richardson, Earl Clark, and the recently acquired Hedo Türkoğlu. On February 24, 2011, the Suns acquired point guard Aaron Brooks, trading first round (lottery-protected) draft pick and point guard Goran Dragić to the Houston Rockets. The Suns ended the 2010–11 season with a losing record and missed the playoffs.

In the 2011 NBA Draft, the Suns used their 13th pick on Markieff Morris, a 6' 10" power forward from the Kansas Jayhawks. Markieff is the twin brother of Marcus Morris, who played together for three years at Kansas. In the 2012 NBA Draft, the Suns used their 13th pick to select Kendall Marshall, a 6' 4" point guard from the North Carolina Tar Heels. Marshall was a prolific passer in his two seasons at North Carolina; setting the ACC[31] and North Carolina season assist records, along with winning the Bob Cousy Award in his sophomore season with the Tar Heels.

2012–2015: Pre–Booker and struggle years[]

During the 2012 free agency period, the Suns traded Steve Nash to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for first round picks in 2013 and 2015, as well as second round picks in 2013 and 2014. After the trade, the Suns then re-acquired point guard Goran Dragić from Houston, signed Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley, and claimed Houston forward Luis Scola off amnesty waivers while also using the same amnesty clause (as codified in the 2011 collective bargaining agreement) to waive Josh Childress. They also did a three-way trade with the New Orleans Hornets and the Timberwolves by trading Robin Lopez and Hakim Warrick to the Hornets and a 2014 second rounder to the Timberwolves in exchange for Wesley Johnson, a top 14-protected future first rounder and the rights to Brad Miller and Jerome Dyson. The latter two players' rights were later waived and the Suns then signed Jermaine O'Neal for one year. The Suns also signed P.J. Tucker based on his performance with the Suns' Summer League team. On September 20, it was announced that Channing Frye had dilated cardiomyopathy and as a result, he missed the entire 2012–13 season, although he sometimes made special appearances to do the pre-game show for local Suns games with Tom Leander and Tom Chambers. On January 12, 2013, the Suns became the fourth-fastest NBA team to win 2,000 games with a 97–81 road victory against the Chicago Bulls, which also marked the last victory for Alvin Gentry as head coach for the Suns. On January 18, 2013, the day after a loss that broke a 24-home-game winning streak against the Milwaukee Bucks, Gentry agreed to leave the Phoenix Suns organization. Two days later, player development coach Lindsey Hunter was named interim head coach role for the remainder of the season. A few days later, assistant head coaches Dan Majerle and Elston Turner had also resigned from their positions. On February 21, 2013, the Suns had traded their 2013 second round pick to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Marcus Morris, the twin brother of power forward Markieff Morris. A day later, the Suns traded Point Guard Sebastian Telfair to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Iranian center Hamed Haddadi and a 2014 second round pick. The Suns ended their first post-Steve Nash season with a 25–57 win-loss record, their second-worst record in franchise history behind only their inaugural season.

2013–2018: Ryan McDonough's tenure[]

On April 22, 2013, it was announced that the Suns had fired general manager Lance Blanks. On May 7, 2013, former Celtics assistant general manager Ryan McDonough was announced as the new general manager of the Suns. On May 26, 2013, the Suns hired Jeff Hornacek as their head coach to replace interim head coach Lindsey Hunter. The team also started the new season with new modified logos, replacing most of the purple on their logos with black, although purple would still be found on their jerseys.

In the 2013 NBA Draft on June 27, the Suns selected Ukrainian center Alex Len from the Maryland with their 5th pick and Power Forward Alex Oriakhi from the Missouri with their 57th pick. Although the Suns were expected to have a poor season, they began the season with a 19–11 record. Eric Bledsoe then went down against the Los Angeles Clippers with a torn meniscus and missed the following 33 games. The Suns went 17–16 during his absence led by Goran Dragić, keeping Phoenix in the playoff race with the Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks. At 47–32 while Dallas and Memphis were both 48–32, Phoenix lost against both teams before they defeated the Sacramento Kings to finish the season 48–34. Dallas finished 49–33 and Memphis finished 50–32, resulting in Memphis finishing with the seventh seed, Dallas with the eighth, and Phoenix out of the playoffs.

During the 2014 NBA Draft, the Suns drafted sophomore forward T. J. Warren from NC State, Canadian freshman point guard Tyler Ennis from Syracuse, Serbian shooting guard Bodgan Bogdanović, and senior center-power forward Alec Brown from Wisconsin-Green Bay. After trying to obtain players like LeBron JamesCarmelo Anthony, and Chris Bosh, and losing Channing Frye to the Orlando Magic, the Suns decided to sign-and-trade for Sacramento Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas under a four-year contract worth $27 million in exchange for Alex Oriakhi, using a $7 million traded-player exception. On September 24, 2014, the Suns and Eric Bledsoe agreed on a five-year contract worth $70 million. A couple of days after, on September 29, 2014, they extended both Markieff and Marcus Morris to four-year deals that combine to $52 million, with Markieff earning $32 million and Marcus getting the remaining $20 million. Right before the trade deadline on February 19, 2015, the Suns made moves to change the roster. After demanding a trade due to lingering frustrations with the front office and direction of the team, Goran Dragić and his brother Zoran were traded by the Suns to the Miami Heat for Danny Granger and Miami's 2017 and 2021 first round picks in a three-team trade with the New Orleans Pelicans. Immediately after the trade, the Suns replaced Dragić by trading for Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Knight, sending Tyler Ennis and Miles Plumlee to Milwaukee and the Lakers' 2015 first round pick to the Philadelphia 76ers. Isaiah Thomas was then traded to the Boston Celtics for Marcus Thornton and the Cleveland Cavaliers' 2016 first round pick.

2015–present: The Devin Booker era[]

2015–2020: The arrival of Devin Booker and further struggle years[]


The Suns drafted Devin Booker with the 13th pick in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft.

In the 2015 NBA Draft, the Suns drafted Kentucky shooting guard Devin Booker with the 13th pick. He was the youngest player drafted at the time by the Suns at 18 years old, and debuted two days before his 19th birthday against the Dallas Mavericks. On July 1, 2015, the Suns retained the rights of Brandon Knight under an offer similar to that of Eric Bledsoe's, and signed Dallas Mavericks center Tyson Chandler to a four-year deal worth $52 million. A day later, the Suns traded Markieff's brother, Marcus Morris, Reggie Bullock, and Danny Granger to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for their 2020 second round selection. However, star player Eric Bledsoe sustained a season-ending injury on December 26, 2015.

On February 1, 2016, the Suns relieved Jeff Hornacek of his duties as head coach. Former NBA player Earl Watson took on interim head coaching duties. The Suns traded the disgruntled Markieff Morris on February 19, 2016, to the Washington Wizards for Kris Humphries, DeJuan Blair, and the Wizards' first round pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. On March 14, 2016, the Suns were eliminated from playoff contention for a sixth straight season making it the longest drought in franchise history surpassing the five straight misses from the 1970-71 to the 1974-75 seasons However, rookie Devin Booker went from being a sixth-man off the bench player for Kentucky to future impact player after the injuries to Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight. He earned the team's first NBA All-Rookie Team honors since Amar'e Stoudemire back in 2003. Earl Watson officially became the full-time head coach on April 19, 2016, with his new assistant coaches Jay Triano, former Suns player Tyrone CorbinMarlon Garnett, and Scott Duncan replacing most of the assistant coaches from the previous season. During the 2016 NBA Draft, the Suns drafted the 18-year-old Bosnian-born Croatian forward-center Dragan Bender, Washington power forward Marquese Chriss, and Kentucky point guard Tyler Ulis; Chriss was acquired by trading the Suns' 13th and 28th selections, Bogdan Bogdanovic, and the Pistons' 2020 second round pick to the Sacramento Kings. During the 2016 free agency period, the Suns regained former players and fan-favorites Jared Dudley and Leandro Barbosa under new deals.

While the Suns ended the 2016–17 season with only a slight improvement from their previous record despite the return of Eric Bledsoe, Devin Booker continued to improve in his second season with the team, leading the team in points scored at 22.1 per game. Marquese Chriss was also named to the All-Rookie Second Team that season.

In the 2017 NBA Draft, the Suns dropped to the 4th pick in the draft and selected Josh Jackson from Kansas. On October 22, 2017, head coach Earl Watson was fired after a 0–3 start that included two losses of 40+ point deficits, which led to Jay Triano being promoted to interim head coach. On November 7, Bledsoe was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Greg Monroe and a protected first and second round draft pick. The Suns ended the season with the second-worst record in franchise history at 21–61. After the season concluded, the Suns let go of interim head coach Triano and hired Igor Kokoškov as the team's new head coach. The Suns earned their first no. 1 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft lottery after ending the season with the league-worst record that year. With the first overall pick in the 2018 Draft, Phoenix selected Deandre Ayton. They would also trade up into the top 10 that year to take Mikal Bridges with the 10th pick from the Philadelphia 76ers, a draft pick the Suns already had from the Steve Nash trade before trading the pick to the 76ers in the Brandon Knight trade. In the offseason, Devin Booker signed a 5-year $158 million dollar contract extension with the Suns.

Before the start of the official season and during preseason on October 8, 2018, owner Robert Sarver decided to relieve Ryan McDonough of General Manager Duties and named vice president of basketball operations James Jones and assistant general manager Trevor Bukstein the interim general managers. A highlight of the season was when a planned three-way trade with the Washington Wizards and Memphis Grizzlies fell apart through miscommunication of the players involved and being sent in the planned deal. The Suns would once again have another losing season as they missed the playoffs for the ninth straight season. at the end of the season, the Suns made James Jones the team's permanent general manager, with co-interim general manager Trevor Bukstein returning to his prior assistant general manager role. When the season came to an end, the coaching staff, including head coach Igor Kokoškov, were fired on April 23, 2019 and hired former New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans head coach and Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach Monty Williams as the team's new head coach on May 3, and completed the rest of the new coaching staff on June 26. Phoenix finished with a 19–63 record, the worst in the west. Deandre Ayton made first-team all-rookie. The Suns had the third odds in the lottery, but landed the 6th pick.

During the day of the 2019 NBA Draft, the Suns agreed to deal T.J. Warren to the Indiana Pacers and their second round pick (which would become KZ Okpala from Stanford) to the Miami Heat for cash considerations. During the draft, they agreed to swap their 6th pick (which would become Jarrett Culver from Texas Tech), trading down for the Minnesota Timberwolves's 11th pick (which would become Cameron Johnson from North Carolina) and Dario Šarić and also agreeing to deal the Milwaukee Bucks's future first round pick to the Boston Celtics for Aron Baynes and the draft rights to University of Virginia champion point guard Ty Jerome, as well as agree to a deal with undrafted Brewster Academy postgraduate Jalen Lecque.

The Suns played the Kings opening night on October 23 and won 124–95 in a blowout victory. On October 24, Deandre Ayton was suspended 25 games for failing a drug test.

On February 13, 2020, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced that Devin Booker had been named as a reserve in the 2020 NBA All-Star Game, marking the first time since Steve Nash in 2012 that a Phoenix Suns player had been selected to the game. This later selection came as a result of an injury to Portland's Damian Lillard, who was unable to participate.

Following the suspension of the 2019–20 NBA season, the Suns were one of the 22 teams invited to the NBA Bubble to participate in the final 8 games of the regular season.

The Suns had the opportunity to advance to the playoffs for the first time since the 2009–10 NBA season had they reached the Western Conference's 8th seed via this season’s play-in tournament. However, their chances were hurt with not only Kelly Oubre Jr. announcing he would no longer play for the rest of the season, but two other Suns players were confirmed to test positive for COVID-19. Despite them being without Kelly and Aron Baynes in the resumed regular season, the Suns won all 8 games in the 2020 NBA Bubble, not only being the only undefeated team in the bubble, but also reaching the 30-win barrier for the first time since the 2014–15 season. Despite winning every game, however, the Suns missed the playoffs for the tenth straight year after the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Brooklyn Nets on August 13, 2020. As a result, the Trail Blazers qualified for the play-in game against the Memphis Grizzlies, which determined who would be the 8th seed in the Western Conference as well as who will face the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs. The Trail Blazers defeated the Grizzlies to clinch the 8th seed, but lost to the eventual NBA champion Lakers in five games in the first round.

2020–present: The Booker and Paul duo[]

2020–21: Return to the Finals[]

The Suns traded for Chris Paul in November 2020. Paul helped the Suns return to the playoffs for the first time in over a decade, and lead them to their first NBA Finals appearance since 1993. It was also Paul's first ever appearance in the NBA Finals in his career.

In the off-season, on November 16, 2020, the Suns traded Kelly Oubre Jr., Ricky Rubio, Jalen Lecque, Ty Jerome and a future first-round draft pick for 10-time All-Star, 10-time All-NBA, and 9-time All-Defensive point guard Chris Paul from the Oklahoma City Thunder and small forward Abdel Nader. It became the franchise's biggest trade for an All-Star player since acquiring Charles Barkley via trade before beginning the 1992–93 season. As a result of that move, the Suns looked to accomplish their best chance yet to return to the NBA Playoffs for the first time since the 2009–10 season.

Exiting 2020, the Suns started out the season with a 4–1 record to enter 2021, last starting out a season like that in 2009. They then got a 5–1 start on New Year's Day, continuing their best start since 2009 proper. However, after struggling throughout the rest of January 2021 afterward, being notified about Paul Westphal's death on January 2, 2021, the Suns had a roaring period in February with a 12–3 month, including a 7-game winning streak at home, before ending the first half of the season with a 5-game winning streak for a 17–3 finish (25–11 overall record) and leading the Pacific Division once again in the All-Star break after going 8–8 at one point. The Suns then continued their hot stretch going into the second half of this season, getting a 7-game winning streak and a 10-home game winning streak at one point to go 36–10 after that 8–8 period as of April 29, 2021.

With their blowout 134–106 home win over the Washington Wizards on April 10, 2021, the Suns had their first official winning season since the 2013–14 season. Five days later, with a 122–114 home win over the Sacramento Kings, they also had their first winning season where they reached up to 40 or more wins since that same 2013–14 season. Four days after that, on April 19, 2021, the Suns guaranteed themselves a spot for at least the play-in tournament for the 2021 NBA playoffs with their 41st win of the season by a 128–127 overtime road win over the Milwaukee Bucks. In their next game two days later, they had their 42nd win of the season (getting it without needing the entire 82-game regular season this time around) with a close 116–113 road win over the Philadelphia 76ers, getting their first true winning season since that aforementioned 2013–14 season. With a 118–110 road win over the New York Knicks on April 26, 2021 and then a 109–101 home win over the Los Angeles Clippers two days later, led in the clutch by Chris Paul in the fourth quarters of those games, the Suns officially returned to the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2010, ending their decade-long playoff drought. For the first time since 2007, the Suns clinched the Pacific Division, their seventh division title.

In the playoffs, the Suns faced the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers in the first round. The two teams previously met in the 2010 Western Conference Finals, which was the Suns' last postseason appearance as they would go on to lose that series in six games. After trailing the series 2-1, the Suns would go on to win 4 straight games and dethroned the defending champion Lakers in six games, winning their first playoff series since 2010, as well as their first playoff series victory against the Lakers since 2007. The Suns advanced to the Semifinals, where they faced the Denver Nuggets. The Suns would go on to sweep the Nuggets in four games, advancing to the Conference Finals for the first time since 2010, where they faced the fourth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers. The two teams previously met in the conference Semifinals of the 2006 NBA Playoffs, with the Suns winning in seven games. The Suns would go on to defeat the Clippers in six games, advancing to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1993. Also, for the first time since 2006, the Suns had defeated both Los Angeles NBA teams in the playoffs. In the NBA Finals, the Suns faced the Milwaukee Bucks. However, after going up 2–0 in the Finals, the Suns would go on to drop the next four games, losing in six games to the Bucks. It marked their third consecutive NBA Finals loss. Despite the loss, Booker set the NBA record for the most points scored by a player in his debut postseason. Paul was awarded All-NBA Second Team honors for his performance that season.

On July 29, 2021, the day of the 2021 NBA Draft, the Suns traded guard Jevon Carter and the 29th pick to the Brooklyn Nets for guard Landry Shamet. In August, the Suns re-signed free agent center Frank Kaminsky and also signed veteran center JaVale McGee to a one-year deal. Starting point guard Chris Paul was re-signed to a partially guaranteed four year deal.

2021–22: Best record in the NBA and Top seed in the West, upset in the semifinals[]

After beginning the 2021-22 season with a 1–3 record, the Suns rattled off a winning streak that was capped off on December 2, 2021 with a 114–103 victory over the Detroit Pistons, which gave the Suns their 18th consecutive win to best the team's previous record of 17 games set in the 2006-07 season. On February 3, 2022, starting guards Devin Booker and Chris Paul were named to the 2022 NBA All-Star Team. On February 10, the Suns traded second-year big man Jalen Smith and a second-round pick to the Indiana Pacers to reacquire wing Torrey Craig and acquired guard Aaron Holiday from the Washington Wizards for cash considerations at the NBA trade deadline. On March 10, 2022, the Suns were the 1st team to clinch a playoff birth on the season after defeating the Miami Heat 111–90 on the road to claim their 53rd win. On March 24, 2022, the Suns clinched the NBA's top overall record with a 140–130 victory over the Denver Nuggets in Paul's return from a thumb injury that had kept him sidelined for the first 15 games following the All-Star Break. In the 79th game of the season, the Suns set a new franchise record for wins with a 121–110 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers to tally their 63rd win on April 5, eliminating the Lakers from playoff/play-in contention in the process. The Suns finished the regular season with a record of 64–18, posting their best regular season record in franchise history as well as clinching both the top seed in the Western Conference and the best record in the NBA.

In the playoffs, the Suns faced the 9th-seeded New Orleans Pelicans in the first round, winning in six games. They advanced to the semifinals, where faced the 4th-seeded Dallas Mavericks. The two teams previously met in the Western Conference Finals of the 2006 NBA Playoffs, with the Mavericks winning in six games en route to making their first NBA Finals appearance. However, in a stunning upset, the Suns were defeated by the Mavericks in seven games, which included a 123–90 Game 7 blowout loss, in which the Suns lost by 33 points and trailed by as much as 46 points. The Suns became the third team to have 64 or more wins and not reach the conference finals after the 2006–07 Dallas Mavericks and 2015–16 San Antonio Spurs.

2022–23: Final season under Robert Sarver's ownership, the arrival of Kevin Durant, Monty Williams' final season as head coach of the Suns[]

The 2022–23 season marked the Suns' final season under Robert Sarver's ownership tenure, as he was suspended from league-wide activities on September 13, 2022 due to an independent investigation on Sarver that began the season prior revealing inappropriate behaviors he had throughout his tenure as franchise owner of the Suns. He later announced in that same month that minority team owner and vice chairman of the Suns, Sam Garvin, would take over the majority of team duties for the rest of this season until new ownership bought out Sarver as the new majority team owners going forward. Sarver eventually accepted a deal to sell his ownership rights to both the Suns and Phoenix Mercury to an ownership group led by United Wholesale Mortgage CEO Mat Ishbia and his older brother Justin Ishbia for an asking price of $4 billion on December 20, 2022, with the NBA approving of the new ownership on February 6, 2023 and an official announcement confirming the deal coming a day later on February 7, 2023.

During that same period of time, forward Jae Crowder agreed to sit out the rest of the season with the Suns until a potential trade was announced, which occurred on the February 9, 2023 trade deadline. Crowder was ultimately involved in a four-way trade where he got sent to the Milwaukee Bucks while they sent their own assets to the Indiana Pacers and Brooklyn Nets. Nearing the trade deadline of the 2022–23 season, the Suns were involved in a blockbuster transaction, where they traded away Mikal Bridges, Cameron Johnson, four unprotected first round picks, and the right to swap first round picks with the Suns in 2028 to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for 13-time NBA All-Star and 2-time NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant and the re-acquisition of T.J. Warren.

The Suns failed to improve upon their 64–18 record from the previous season after a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 4, 2023. However, despite dealing with multiple injuries throughout the season, including injuries to Devin Booker in December and Kevin Durant in March, the Suns clinched their third straight winning season on March 31, 2023 with a win over the Denver Nuggets. They later secured their third straight playoff berth on April 4 against the San Antonio Spurs, with the #4 seed in the Western Conference being set two days later against the Nuggets.

In the playoffs, the Suns defeated the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round in a rematch of 2021's Conference finals in which the Suns won in six games. The Suns won in five games, winning the last four games of the series after losing the first game at home. In the conference semifinals, they faced the top-seeded Denver Nuggets, a rematch of 2021's Semifinals in which the Suns swept the Nuggets. However, the Suns lost in six games to the eventual NBA champion, suffering a blowout loss on home court in the Semifinals for the second straight year.

The Suns fired head coach Monty Williams two days following their postseason exit after four seasons with the team. This season also became the last for long-time Suns broadcaster Al McCoy, who announced his retirement from broadcasting duties near the end of this season after serving the role for the Suns since the 1972–73 season. It also became the final season where Suns games were broadcast through Bally Sports Arizona (previously Fox Sports Arizona & FSN Arizona), as Mat Ishbia announced they would move their services onto more channels in the state of Arizona for a more widespread view after their regular season concluded. While Bally Sports tried to fight back against Ishbia's move by claiming a breach of contract happened, Bally Sports ultimately declined matching Gray Television's offer for the Suns, which later caused a chain reaction that led to Bally Sports Arizona losing broadcasting rights to other professional sports teams in Arizona before being shut down for good on October 21, 2023.

2023–24: Arrivals of Frank Vogel as the new head coach and Bradley Beal, dealing with inconsistencies and injuries, swept in the first round[]

The 2023–24 season was the first full season under the ownership group led by Mat Ishbia and Justin Ishbia after the brothers purchased the team on February 8, 2023. It was the first season since 1971–72 without Al McCoy broadcasting any games. He announced his retirement after the 2023 NBA playoffs. It also was the first season the Suns moved their broadcasting services from Bally Sports Arizona (previously named FSN Arizona and Fox Sports Arizona) back in 2003 to multiple Arizona-based TV networks broadcasting games through Gray Television owned local networks KTVK, Arizona's Family Sports via multiple local networks, and KOLD-TV (in the Tucson region) alongside an over-the-top subscription service called "Suns Live" that was created by Kiswe. This was the first season since 2018–19 without head coach Monty Williams after a second straight disappointing second-round exit. He was fired on May 13, 2023, despite having the team's first winning record as head coach since Jeff Hornacek, the first overall winning record and first coach to make the playoffs since Alvin Gentry, their first NBA Coach of the Year Award winner since Mike D'Antoni, and their first head coach since Paul Westphal (and third overall alongside John MacLeod) to reach the NBA Finals, with one season left on his original deal.

On June 6, the Suns hired Frank Vogel (a championship-winning head coach in the 2020 NBA Finals with the Los Angeles Lakers) over finalists Doc Rivers (who won the NBA Finals in 2008 with the Boston Celtics) and associate coach Kevin Young (who kept his job with a pay raise in mind), with his new coaching staff made official on June 21. On June 24, the Suns traded with the Washington Wizards to acquire 3-time All-Star shooting guard Bradley Beal (alongside Jordan Goodwin and Isaiah Todd) in exchange for 12-time All-Star point guard Chris Paul, shooting guard Landry Shamet, six second-rounders, four first-round pick swaps, and cash, though the deal was later considered a part of a three-way deal with the Indiana Pacers. This became the team's second trade for a star player in four months after trading for 13-time NBA All-Star and 2-time NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant during the previous season in February. During the month of July, the Suns made three more trades to gain more immediate draft capital on their end. On September 27, before training camp, the Suns traded center Deandre Ayton and rookie Toumani Camara to the Portland Trail Blazers in a three-way deal that sent 7-time All-Star Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Milwaukee shooting guard Grayson Allen, Portland center Jusuf Nurkić, and Portland guards Nassir Little and Keon Johnson (the last of whom was waived before the start of the regular season). The Suns then made a three-team trade at the February 8, 2024 trade deadline with the Brooklyn Nets and Memphis Grizzlies to acquire Nets forward Royce O'Neale and Grizzlies forward David Roddy alongside a 2026 first-round pick swap with Memphis in exchange for mostly free agent acquisitions from earlier in the season in Keita Bates-Diop, Jordan Goodwin, Yuta Watanabe, Chimezie Metu, and three of the Suns' four remaining second-round picks they had at the time, and also signed veteran free agents Thaddeus Young and Isaiah Thomas (the latter of whom had played with the Suns during the 2014–15 season) in a final attempt to bolster up their roster for the season.

Throughout this season, the Suns dealt with constant challenges that had them performing below expectations early on, such as the delayed debut of their Big Three of Devin Booker, Kevin Durant, and Bradley Beal together until December 13, 2023 (with them not even seeing consistent playing time together until the end of 2023 and the start of 2024) alongside injuries and poor fourth quarter production that would cost them some games, especially earlier in the season. Despite these consistent issues, including starting the season out with a 4–6 record and ending 2023 at 17–15, the Suns would still manage to obtain their fourth straight winning season in a row following a 131–106 blowout win over the San Antonio Spurs on March 23, 2024. They would then match last season's win total with a 122–101 blowout win over the Cleveland Cavaliers at home on April 3 and surpass it two days later with a 97–87 win over the then #1 Western Conference team, the Minnesota Timberwolves. After a dramatic April that went down to the wire at times, the Suns secured the sixth playoff spot in the Western Conference, avoiding the play-in tournament altogether due to a combination of a 125–106 blowout win over the Timberwolves and a 124–108 Los Angeles Lakers win over the New Orleans Pelicans, with the Suns holding the series victory over the Pelicans 2-1 this season.

In the playoffs, the Suns faced the third-seeded Minnesota Timberwolves in the first round. Unfortunately for the Suns, they would go on to be swept by the Timberwolves in four games, losing each game by an average margin of 18 points, and making it the first time since 2008 that the Suns exited the playoffs in the first round. The Suns suffered their first playoff series loss in a sweep since 1999, when they were swept by the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round in three games and their first playoff series loss in a sweep in a best-of-7 series since 1989 when they were swept by the defending two-time NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals.


1968–1973: Original uniforms[]

After the NBA had awarded a franchise to the Phoenix metropolitan area in 1968, local designers chose purple and orange as the main colors for the Phoenix Suns' uniforms. The original uniforms featured a futuristic "Phoenix" wordmark in front plus block numbers and letters in orange with purple and white trim. An orange sunburst logo was added on the sides of the shorts.

1973–1992: Western look[]

The Suns tweaked their uniforms for the 1973–74 season. Other than the basic template itself, only the lettering and numbers were changed from the original uniforms. The "Phoenix" wordmark and numbers were modified to a Western-style font, with a few changes to the treatment of the player's name at the back.

1992–2000: Streaking Sun look[]

In time for the move to the America West Arena for the 1992–93 season, the Suns overhauled their look. The home white and road purple uniforms now feature the "Streaking Sun" logo in the chest with "Suns" on top and the number at the bottom. The shorts feature the word "Phoenix" in orange letters written diagonally on the left leg. Prior to the 1994–95 season, the Suns introduced a black alternate uniform featuring the same template.

2000–2013: Seven Seconds or Less look[]

Before the 2000–01 season, the Suns changed to a more simplistic uniform style. The home white uniform has the word "Suns" and the numbers in purple with orange trim along with purple side stripes. The road purple uniform has the word "Phoenix" and the numbers in white with orange trim along with grey side stripes. An orange alternate uniform, with the abbreviation "PHX" and the numbers in white with purple trim along with grey side stripes, arrived prior to the 2003–04 season. All three uniforms featured the updated "Streaking Sun" alternate logo on the stripes while the player's numbers was seen on the left leg until the 2005–06 season.

2013–2017: Updated Streaking Sun look[]

The Suns overhauled their uniforms anew prior to the 2013–14 season. The look was inspired from their previous uniform designs. The home white uniforms featured "Suns" in orange with black trim along with black numbers, orange streaks and grey and orange sunbursts. The purple road uniforms featured "Phoenix" in white with orange trim along with orange numbers, white streaks and black, grey and orange sunbursts. The orange alternate uniforms (sleeved from 2013 to 2015; sleeveless from 2015 to 2017) featured "Suns" in white with black trim along with black numbers, white streaks and black and dark orange sunbursts.

During the 2014–15 season, the Suns added a grey sleeved alternate uniform. The uniform has "Phoenix" and the numbers in black with orange trim. The "Phoenix" wordmark was a callback to the "Western" look of the 1970s and 1980s. A black alternate uniform was also added prior to the 2015–16 season. The black uniforms featured "PHX" in black with white trim along with white numbers and purple and orange trim.

2017–present: Switch to Nike[]

When the NBA switched to Nike beginning with the 2017–18 season, the Suns drastically revamped their uniforms. Gone was the modernized "Streaking Sun" and the sunburst of the previous uniforms, and the Suns returned to a more simplified design. Purple also returned as a prominent color. The home-and-away designations were eliminated and in its place were the white "Association" uniform, the primary color "Icon" uniform, the secondary color "Statement" uniform and the annual "City" uniform.

The Suns' "Association" uniforms featured "Suns" in orange and the numbers in purple. The purple "Icon" uniforms featured "Phoenix" in grey and the numbers in orange. The black "Statement" uniform featured "PHX" in grey and the numbers in orange. All three uniforms have the "Streaking Sun" logo on the beltline.[66]

Starting with the 2019–20 season, the Suns replaced the black uniform with a new orange uniform, featuring the "Streaking Sun" logo in front, the numbers in white, and the "PHX" abbreviation on the beltline. They wore the orange "Statement" uniform until the 2021–22 season, after which the Suns released a black "Statement" uniform with design elements inspired by the popular "City" uniforms worn in the 2020–21 and 2021–22 seasons.

In the 2023–24 season, the Suns updated their purple "Icon" and white "Association" uniforms, revisiting the 1990s "Streaking Sun" look. The set featured the "Suns" wordmark inside the "Streaking Sun" instead of above the logo unlike its 1990s predecessors. Grey accents were eliminated, and orange drop shadows on the numbers were added.

Los Suns special uniforms[]

The Suns started wearing special "Noche Latina" uniforms in 2007 to commemorate the Latin American fanbase. The 2007 edition used the home white uniform template with the flag of Latin American countries substituting for the orange stripes. Starting in 2008, the Suns began to wear a modified version of their orange alternate uniforms with "Los Suns" in front, which they kept until 2013.

During the 2010 NBA Playoffs, the Suns wore their "Los Suns" uniforms on Cinco de Mayo for Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals against the San Antonio Spurs. Sports reporter Dave Zirin called the "Los Suns" action an "unprecedented political statement by a sports team." The move was also widely reported to be a protest of an Arizona illegal-immigration law enacted in April.

After the 2013 rebrand the Suns wore a black sleeved uniform with "Los Suns" in white with orange trim along with Latin-inspired accents at the back. This lasted only one season, however, as the Suns introduced a modified version of their purple uniforms in 2015, albeit with "Los Suns" in place of "Phoenix". This version lasted until 2017.

For 2018, Nike added a fourth uniform option, the "City" uniform. The Suns used the occasion to unveil a new version of the "Los Suns" uniform, albeit using only purple, grey and white. Unlike in previous years where the "Los Suns" uniform was worn only during the month of March, this uniform was first used during the month of January. For 2019, the "Los Suns" uniform added orange trim on the letters and stylized black piping while moving the front numbers to the left chest. It also featured a recolored Arizona flag in Suns colors on the shorts and "SOMOS PHX" slogan above the uniform tag. The 2020 version kept the same template albeit with black as the base color and purple as the trim color.

2020–21 NBA City Edition[]

The 2020–21 Nike NBA Suns City Edition artwork makes tribute to the Phoenix valley region. The uniform features a black base, and pixelated mountain view sunset with an inspired rainbow of yellow, orange, red and purple. The image is based on Camelback Mountain located in North Phoenix. Camelback Mountain is a geographical identifier of The Valley, which has been the nickname of the Phoenix valley for decades. The front of the uniform reads "The Valley" in custom script lettering across a sunset themed rainbow over Camelback Mountain.

Even though the NBA commemorated the league's 75th anniversary by having teams release mashup designs of previous uniforms for the 2021–22 "City" edition, the Suns elected to keep their "The Valley" uniforms for another season.

Season-by-Season Records[]

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, % = Percentage

Season W L % Playoffs Results
Phoenix Suns
1968-69 16 66 .195
1969-70 39 43 .476 Lost Division Semifinals Los Angeles 4, Phoenix 3
1970-71 48 34 .585
1971-72 49 33 .598
1972-73 38 44 .463
1973-74 30 52 .366
1974-75 32 50 .390
1975-76 42 40 .512 Won Conference Semifinals
Won Conference Finals
Lost NBA Finals
Phoenix 4, Seattle 2
Phoenix 4, Golden State 3
Boston 4, Phoenix 2
1976-77 34 48 .415
1977-78 49 33 .598 Lost First Round Milwaukee 2, Phoenix 0
1978-79 50 32 .610 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
Phoenix 2, Portland 1
Phoenix 4, Kansas City 1
Seattle 4, Phoenix 3
1979-80 55 27 .671 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
Phoenix 2, Kansas City 1
Los Angeles 4, Phoenix 1
1980-81 57 25 .695 Lost Conference Semifinals Kansas City 4, Phoenix 3
1981-82 46 36 .561 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
Phoenix 2, Denver 1
Los Angeles 4, Phoenix 0
1982-83 53 29 .646 Lost First Round Denver 2, Phoenix 1
1983-84 41 41 .500 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
Phoenix 3, Portland 2
Phoenix 4, Utah 2
Los Angeles 4, Phoenix 2
1984-85 36 46 .439 Lost First Round LA Lakers 3, Phoenix 0
1985-86 32 50 .390
1986-87 36 46 .439
1987-88 24 54 .341
1988-89 55 27 .671 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
Phoenix 3, Denver 0
Phoenix 4, Golden State 1
LA Lakers 4, Phoenix 0
1989-90 54 28 .659 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
Phoenix 3, Utah 2
Phoenix 4, LA Lakers 1
Portland 4, Phoenix 2
1990-91 55 27 .671 Lost First Round Utah 3, Phoenix 1
1991-92 53 29 .646 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
Phoenix 3, San Antonio 0
Portland 4, Phoenix 1
1992-93 62 20 .756 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Won Conference Finals
Lost NBA Finals
Phoenix 3, LA Lakers 2
Phoenix 4, San Antonio 2
Phoenix 4, Seattle 3
Chicago 4, Phoenix 2
1993-94 56 26 .683 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
Phoenix 3, Golden State 0
Houston 4, Phoenix 3
1994-95 59 23 .720 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
Phoenix 3, Portland 0
Houston 4, Phoenix 3
1995-96 41 41 .500 Lost First Round San Antonio 3, Phoenix 1
1996-97 40 42 .488 Lost First Round Seattle 3, Phoenix 2
1997-98 56 26 .683 Lost First Round San Antonio 3, Phoenix 1
1998-99 27 23 .540 Lost First Round Portland 3, Phoenix 0
1999-00 53 29 .646 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
Phoenix 3, San Antonio 1
LA Lakers 4, Phoenix 1
2000-01 51 31 .623 Lost First Round Sacramento 3, Phoenix 1
2001-02 36 46 .439
2002-03 44 38 .537 Lost First Round San Antonio 4, Phoenix 2
2003-04 29 53 .354
2004-05 62 20 .756 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
Phoenix 4, Memphis 0
Phoenix 4, Dallas 2
San Antonio 4, Phoenix 1
2005-06 54 28 .659 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
Phoenix 4, LA Lakers 3
Phoenix 4, LA Clippers 3
Dallas 4, Phoenix 2
2006-07 61 21 .744 Won First Round
Loat Conference Semifinals
Phoenix 4, LA Lakers 1
San Antonio 4, Phoenix 2
2007-08 55 27 .671 Lost First Round San Antonio 4, Phoenix 1
2008-09 46 36 .561
2009-10 54 28 .659 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
Phoenix 4, Portland 2
Phoenix 4, San Antonio 0
LA Lakers 4, Phoenix 2
2010-11 40 42 .488
2011-12 33 33 .500
2012-13 25 57 .305
2013-14 48 34 .585
2014-15 39 43 .476
2015-16 23 59 .280
2016-17 24 58 .293
2017-18 21 61 .256
2018-19 19 63 .232
2019-20 34 39 .466
2020-21 51 21 .708 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Won Conference Finals
Lost NBA Finals
Phoenix 4, LA Lakers 2
Phoenix 4, Denver 0
Phoenix 4, LA Clippers 2
Milwaukee 4, Phoenix 2
2021-22 64 18 .780 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
Phoenix 4, New Orleans 2
Dallas 4, Phoenix 3
2022-23 45 37 .549 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
Phoenix 4, LA Clippers 1
Denver 4, Phoenix 2
2023-24 49 33 .598 Lost First Round Minnesota 4, Phoenix 0
Totals 2220 1987 .528
Playoffs 133 141 .485 0 Championships


  • The Suns are one of three teams that play in the Phoenix city proper along with the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Phoenix Mercury, sharing Footprint Center with the Mercury; the Arizona Cardinals and Phoenix Coyotes play in suburban Glendale.
  • The Suns have the 4th-best all-time regular season win percentage; only the rival Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs and Boston Celtics have better percentages.
  • The Suns join the Charlotte Bobcats and Golden State Warriors to have an orange jersey.
  • In the 1974 movie "Mixed Company," Joseph Bologna played a hapless Phoenix Suns coach who struggled to balance the demands of coaching an inept team with the even greater demands of his family adopting mixed race orphans.

Suns broadcasters and broadcasts[]

The play-by-play voice of the Suns the first two seasons was Rodney "Hot Rod" Hundley, who would later go on to be the longtime voice of the Utah Jazz.

Legendary broadcaster Al McCoy has covered the team ever since. McCoy, who in 2006-07, will broadcast Suns games on radio for the 37th consecutive season, actually simulcast his broadcasts on radio and television for many seasons. McCoy's unique, folksy style of calling the games, including his signature catchphrases such as "Shazam!" for a three-point shot, endeared him to thousands of Suns fans across Arizona, the Southwest, and nationwide. McCoy was honored for his announcing at a Phoenix Suns game, in which the Suns defeated the Indiana Pacers. He was partnered for many years with legendary coach Cotton Fitzsimmons. In recent years, former NBA players Vinny Del Negro and Tim Kempton served as color commentators on the radio side, with Del Negro working most regular-season home games and all of the playoffs with McCoy (Del Negro was named Suns director of player personnel during the 2006 offseason).

The flagship radio station is KTAR Phoenix, which has carried Suns games for 38 seasons, as of 2006-07.

Former NBA on CBS broadcaster Gary Bender has handled the cable Fox Sports Net (FSN-Arizona) telecasts since the early 1990s. Beginning with the 2003-04 season, Tom Leander assumed the reins on over-the-air TV; the games air on MyNetworkTV affiliate KUTP. Former Suns star Dan Majerle, a member of the team's Ring-of-Honor has served as a commentator on television broadcasts since 2004. He splits the color commentator duties with former Suns star Eddie Johnson.

The FSN Arizona broadcasts have been different from those of NBA teams on other affiliate networks, because the time-and-score graphic does not include an embedded shot clock. Instead, it has only been shown when the clock reaches eight seconds or less, is shown in large print, and is sponsored. Among the sponsors of the clock's appearances have been Henkel and the Arizona Department of Health Services (under the slogan "Inhale Life"). However, for the 2006-07 season, an embedded clock was added to the KUTP telecasts. (It should also be noted that each basket of the game is also sponsored, by companies like Southwest Airlines and Roomstore.) On January 19, 2007, an embedded clock was part of the graphic during the FSN Arizona telecast of the team's victory over the Portland Trail Blazers, but the sponsored shot clock was still also on-screen when the time was expiring. It is unknown if the embedded clock was only a one-night change or will be a permanent feature of Suns broadcasts.


  • Phoenix Gazette, January 22, 1968.
  • Arizona Republic, January 23, 1968.
  • "Suns continue ties to Tucson", Greg Hansen, Arizona Daily Star, April 17, 2004. [1]

Players of note[]

Current Roster[]

Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G/F 8 Allen, Grayson 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 198 lb (90 kg) 1995-10-08 Duke
C 27 Azubuike, Udoka (TW) 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 270 lb (122 kg) 1999-09-17 Kansas
G 3 Beal, Bradley 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 207 lb (94 kg) 1993-06-28 Florida
F/C 11 Bol, Bol 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1999-11-16 Oregon
G 1 Booker, Devin 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 206 lb (93 kg) 1996-10-30 Kentucky
F 35 Durant, Kevin 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1988-09-29 Texas
C 14 Eubanks, Drew 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1997-02-01 Oregon State
G/F 23 Gordon, Eric 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1988-12-25 Indiana
G/F 10 Lee, Damion Injured 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1992-10-21 Louisville
G 38 Lee, Saben (TW) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 183 lb (83 kg) 1999–06–23 Vanderbilt
F 25 Little, Nassir 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 2000-02-11 North Carolina
C 20 Nurkić, Jusuf 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 290 lb (132 kg) 1994-08-23 Bosnia and Herzegovina
G/F 2 Okogie, Josh 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 213 lb (97 kg) 1999-09-01 Georgia Tech
F 00 O'Neale, Royce 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 226 lb (103 kg) 1993-06-05 Baylor
F 21 Roddy, David 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 255 lb (116 kg) 2001-03-27 Colorado State
G 4 Thomas, Isaiah 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1989-02-07 Washington
F 12 Wainright, Ish (TW) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1994-09-12 Baylor
F/C 30 Young, Thaddeus 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1988-06-21 Georgia Tech
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Dru Anthrop
  • Quinton Crawford
  • David Fizdale
  • John Lucas III
  • Jon Pastorek
  • Miles Simon
  • Greg St. Jean
  • Kevin Young (associate)

  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (GL) On assignment to G League affiliate
  • (TW) Two-way affiliate player
  • Injured Injured

Last transaction: April 10, 2022

Basketball Hall of Famers[]

Not to be forgotten[]

  • Len "Truck" Robinson
  • Rodney Rogers
  • Alvin Scott
  • Charlie Scott
  • Paul Shirley
  • Paul Silas
  • Ricky Sobers
  • Yuta Tabuse
  • Wayman Tisdale
  • Tom Van Arsdale
  • Nick Vanos
  • John "Hot Rod" Williams
  • Neal Walk
  • Mark West

Ring of Honor and retired numbers[]

Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor
No. Player Position Tenure
5* Dick Van Arsdale G 1968–1977
6* Walter Davis G 1977–1988
6* Bill Russell N/A Retired across NBA on August 11, 2022
7* Kevin Johnson G 1988–1998
9 Dan Majerle F 1988–1995
13 Steve Nash G 1996–1998
24 Tom Chambers F 1988–1993
31 Shawn Marion F 1999–2008
32 Amar'e Stoudemire F 2002–2010
33* Alvan Adams C 1975–1988
34 Charles Barkley F 1992–1996
42* Connie Hawkins F 1969–1973
44* Paul Westphal G 1975–1980
MIC Al McCoy Broadcaster 1972–present
Jerry Colangelo Owner
Cotton Fitzsimmons Coach 1970–1972
John MacLeod Coach 1973–1987
Joe Proski Trainer 1968–2000


  • * Indicates retired number.
  • Dick Van Arsdale also served as interim head coach in 1987.
  • Dan Majerle also served as assistant head coach (2008–2013).
  • Alvan Adams' number 33 was temporarily unretired for Grant Hill (2008–2012).
  • Charles Barkley was named one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1996.
  • Paul Westphal also served as assistant head coach (1988–1992) and head coach (1992–1996).
  • The NBA retired Bill Russell's No. 6 for all its member teams on August 11, 2022.

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