Phoenix Suns

Phoenix Suns – The Phoenix Suns joined the NBA in 1968 and they stumbled out of the blocks, posting a 16-66 record with head coach Johnny ‘Red’ Kerr sitting on the bench.

The Suns did not take long to get things headed in the right direction, though, as the team averaged 39.4 wins over the next seven seasons.

During that time frame, Phoenix made two playoff appearances, losing the Western Division Semifinals in 1970 and the NBA Finals in 1976.

The franchise has remained competitive since, logging 27 playoff berths while appearing in eight Western Conference Finals (as of 2015).

Phoenix returned to the NBA Finals for a second time in 1993 with Paul Westphal, who lead the Suns to the ’76 Finals as a player, serving as coach. At Westphal’s disposal were a number of all-time Suns greats, including Charles Barkley, Kevin Johnson, Tom Chambers and Dan Majerle.

Steve Nash, Larry Nance, Walter Davis, Shawn Marion and Alvan Adams have acquitted themselves are just a few others who acquitted themselves well while wearing the Suns uniform.

Nash won NBA MVP twice while playing in Phoenix (2005, 2006) and he is the franchise’s all-time assist leader. Adams leads the Suns in games played, total rebounds and steals and Davis is the team’s all-time leading scorer with 15666 points.

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