The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team playing under the National Basketball Association (NBA) based in Phoenix, Arizona. The team plays in the Pacific Division of the Western conference. The team was founded in the year 1968. The team is currently owned by Robert Sarver. Currently the Suns are in search of a new head coach. Purple, Orange, White, and Gray are the official colors of the Suns.
The 1968-69 season was the debut season for the Suns. In 1976 they finished the season with 42 wins and 40 losses, the first wining season for the Suns in franchise history. They also beat the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors in the playoffs and went on to play the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals. They gave the Celtics a hard time to play but eventually the Celtics were victorious.
In 1992 all-star power forward Charles Barkley was traded from the Philadelphia 76ers for Jeff Hornacek, Andrew Lang, and Tim Perry. Barkely won his first MVP with the Phoenix Suns that season. With the likes of Barkely, Majerle Johnson and Ainge, the team mangaed to win 62 games and qualified for the playoffs. the first round of the playoffs, they defeated the eighth-seeded Lakers, coming back from an 0-2 deficit in the five game series. The Suns went on to eliminate the Spurs and Sonics, advancing to the Finals for the second time in franchise history. They eventually lost to the Bulls, which led by super-star Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. Despite of loosing out of the NBA finals the Suns managed to grab the Western conference title.
Amare Stoudemire who was a graduate from Cypress Creek High School emerged during the 2002-03 campaign. In the 2002-03 season he won the NBA Rookie of the year award and was the first ever high school player to do so. In this season the Suns managed a record of 44-38 after which they returned to the playoffs. In the first round the San Antonio Spurs eliminated the Suns after there was a six game series.
At present the Footprint Center is the place where the Suns play all their home games. The arena is located in Phoenix, Arizona. The arena has a maximum capacity of 17,071. Charles Barkley, Connie Hawkins and Gail Goodrich are amongst the few members of the team who have made it to the Hall of Famers.
- 3 Conference titles (1976, 1993, 2021)
- 8 Division titles (1981, 1993, 1995, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2021, 2022)