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Phoenix Suns HISTORY

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Devin Booker scores 70
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Quick facts:

Founded:                  1968
Arena:                    Talking Stick Arena
Division Championships:   6(1981, 1993, 1995, 2005, 2006, 2007)
Pacific Division:         6(1981, 1993, 1995, 2005, 2006, 2007)
NBA Finals:               2(1975,1993)
NBA Titles:               none
Playoffs:                 29
Best Season:              2004-05  62-20  .756
                          1992-93  62-20  .756
Worst Season:             1968-69  16-66  .195



Paul Westphal.
Westward Expansion:
Following the merger between the BAA and NBL the NBA had one western team, the Denver Nuggets, but the Nuggets left the NBA after one season and it took another 11 seasons before the Lakers moved to Los Angeles and became the lone NBA outpost in the west.

By the late 1960s the NBA began to expand westward. First to Seattle, than San Diego and in 1963 the relocation of the Warriors to San Francisco. Still the NBA needed more teams out west to even out travel schedules, so the choice was made to expand to other cities.

Phoenix was an unlikely choice because of its remote location and the city was small, but still growing. What helped the cities cause was that the rival ABA began to expand in the west as well and placed teams in other western cities such as Denver, St Louis and Salt Lake City.

Phoenix and Milwaukee were awarded expansion teams starting in the 1968-69 season. The city quickly showed it could support an NBA franchise as it become one of the most successful franchises in the NBA.

Still, despite their success, the Suns remained the only professional sports franchise in the state of Arizona until 1988 when the NFL's Cardinals move to Phoenix. The Cardinals were followed by the Coyotes of the NHL and the MLB's Diamondback.


forward Tom Chambers
Best Team without a Title:
Statistically speaking the Suns are the best team to never win an NBA title. The Suns have had a .500 record or better in 32 of their 47 years and have only had a .250 or worse record once, their inaugural season.

Difficult 80s:
The 1980s are general regarded as one of the greatest times in NBA basketball history. The sport had seen a surge in popularity behind the faces of Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan. But for the Suns it was a very different era filled with frustration and tragedy.

On the court the Suns enjoyed as much success as anyone not named Boston, LA or Detroit, but it was the off the court issues which plagued the Suns and nearly brought the franchise down.

The NBA had a drug problem as early as the 1970s but the league was working on a way to get rid of it. 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.

The prosecution's star witness was another Suns player, their all-star guard Walter Davis. No defendant ever went to trial in the case as all 3 accused players received diversionary programs and Humphries and Edwards went on to have solid NBA careers. Gondrezick's career, however, would never recover. He struggled with cocaine addiction and was out of the league before the 1990 season.

Most people see this drug case as nothing but a witch hunt because of the big named involved in the case. A few of the cases have even been overturned. Still, it lead to increased drug testing in the NBA.

Tragedy would strike the Suns again in 1987 when center Nick Vanos was amongst 148 people killed when Northwestern Flight 255 crashed upon takeoff in Detroit.
guard Jason Kidd


guard Kevin Johnson vs John Stockton

Point Guards:
The Suns have always had a knack for finding extremely good point guards. The first really good PG was Paul Westphal who helped the team make its first NBA finals appearance in 1976. Than followed Kevin Johnson in 1989. Following Johnson the team was able to trade for Jason Kidd, and the last of the great PGs has been Steve Nash who won 2 MVP awards as a member of the Suns.



Devin Booker scores 70:
Devin Booker became the youngest player in NBA history to score 70 points when on March 24, 2017 he dropped 70 on the Boston Celtics in a 130-120 losing effort.

Bookers 70 points are the most ever for a player when scoring more than 50 points for the first time in their career.

The 70 points is also a franchise record, surpassing the 60 points scored by Tom Chambers in 1990. It is also the most points by one player the Celtics have allowed since Elgin Baylor scored 68 points in 1968.

 

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