The Phoenix Suns joined the NBA for the 1968-69 season, and almost immediately experienced success. After winning the rights to ABA star Connie Hawkins, the Suns propelled themselves into the playoffs just their second season in the league. Though the team put together some good seasons in between, the Suns didn’t return to the playoffs until the 1975-76 season, when Phoenix romped all the way to the NBA Finals before falling just short against the Boston Celtics. Through the rest of the 1970s and into the 1980s the Suns remained one of the NBA’s elite teams, making eight straight playoff appearances, but never would capture the franchise’s first NBA title. In the late 1980s the Suns again became a perennial threat. Phoenix made the playoffs 13 consecutive seasons, highlighted by a run to the finals in 1993. Seven Suns scored in double figures that season, led by Charles Barkley, Dan Majerle, and Kevin Johnson, but Phoenix couldn’t knock off Michael Jordan’s Bulls. In the 2000s the Suns again threatened to be tops in the NBA with a strong core of Steve Nash, Amare Stoudemire and Shawn Marion, but today Phoenix is still without an NBA title. The Suns have retired nine players’ numbers over the course of their history. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Phoenix Suns basketball tickets.
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2016 Suns Season Preview
The Phoenix Suns continued their struggles last year, failing to reach the playoffs for a 6th straight season. The Suns won 23 games and finished in the second to last spot in the NBA Western Conference, in front of the Lakers. Coming into the 2016-2107, the Suns will have a new head coach Earl Watson leading the charge. The roster will have a strong group of talent for guards with players such as Devin Booker, Brandon Knight, Eric Bledsoe and Tyler Ulis. The problem will be the battle for each player to earn their minutes on the court. The Phoenix Suns are expected to make improvements in their NBA standings this season but it will still be a rebuilding year for the team. Whether you plan on cheering for them at home or on the road, check out the Suns’ schedule at TicketCity for some of the best deals for Phoenix Suns’ tickets.
Phoenix Suns Basketball at Talking Stick Resort Arena Address: 201 E Jefferson St, Phoenix, Arizona, 85004
The Suns play their home games at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. When filled to capacity, Talking Stick Resort Arena can hold more than 18 thousand screaming Suns fans. While at a game, look out for Go the Gorilla, the Suns’ popular and enthusiastic mascot. The Phoenix Suns home bench is on the Talking Stick Resort Arena court side in front of section 101. Talking Stick Resort Arena parking information is covered in our Suns event guide.
Suns vs. Spurs
With over 8 playoff meetings dating back to the first round of the 1992 playoffs, these two franchises have established themselves as one of the better rivalries in the NBA. Stars such as a David Robinson, Tim Duncan, Kevin Johnson, and Steve Nash have participated in this rivalry. With the Suns and Spurs constantly meeting in the playoffs, this rivalry has shown no signs of slowing down.
Suns vs. Lakers
Suns vs. Lakers games have been heated at times, but it has also evolved into one of the better matchups in the NBA over the years. A highlight of this rivalry came when the teams met in the 2010 Western Conference Finals. Trash-talk and hard fouls have also been a part of this rivalry and has featured such stars as Charles Barkley, Steve Nash, Shaquille O'Neal, and Kobe Bryant.
Suns vs. Mavericks
Often considered one of the best rivalries in the league during the mid-2000s, these two teams had many epic battles as they both fought for Western Conference supremacy. The rivalry became bitter when start Steve Nash departed Dallas for the Suns. With both teams in contention on a yearly basis, the rivalry continues to only get better.
Suns in the NBA Finals, Western Conference Championships and NBA Playoffs
The Suns have established themselves as a consistent playoff performer and with their 5+ division titles and are now one of the more successful franchises in the NBA. Phoenix has won multiple Western Conference Championships and they will only add to that number in the years to come as they continue to add to their resume.
2015 Phoenix Suns Season Preview
The Phoenix Suns missed the playoffs for a 5th straight season last year, posting their 2nd losing season in 3 years. But the Suns come into the 2015-16 season with much optimism. In the offseason, Phoenix was able to sign veteran center Tyson Chandler, as well as talented rookie forward T.J. Warren. The additions of Chandler and Warren should help improve the Phoenix Suns front court drastically on both ends of the court. The combination of Brandon Knight and Eric Bledsoe in the backcourt, should give the Suns the best scoring threat they have had in years, and the 2015-16 Phoenix Suns look to be a contender for a playoff spot in the Western Conference.
2014 Phoenix Suns Season Preview
A year after finishing in last place in the NBA Western Conference, the Phoenix Suns responded with a 48 win season in 2013, finishing only a game out of the Western Conference playoffs. This success has reignited the Phoenix Suns fan base, who are eager to return to the success that the team had just a few years ago. In the offseason the Suns saw longtime star Leandro Barbosa leave Phoenix, as well as Dionte Christmas and Channing Frye. New for the Phoenix Suns in 2014 are Zoran Dragic, Isaiah Thomas, and highly touted rookie T.J. Warren. The NBA Western Conference looks to be as competitive as ever in 2014, but expect the Suns to be right in the thick of the playoff race late in the season.
2013 Phoenix Suns Season Preview
It’s a whole new look for the Phoenix Suns going into the 2013-14 Season, and a more youthful team has given fans a breath of fresh air as they try to get past the 25-57 record of last year. The Suns have added Eric Bledsoe and Gerald Green while drafting Alex Len and Archie Goodwin in the first round. They severed ties with problem-child Michael Beasley, Jermaine O’Neal, Luis Scola and Jared Dudley as well. The Suns open up the season at home against the Utah Jazz on Nov. 1 before hitting the road for games against the Thunder, Pelicans and Spurs. Other key home games will be vs. Dallas on Dec. 21, vs. the Lakers on Dec. 23 and vs. Miami on Feb. 11.
2012 Phoenix Suns Season Preview
Up until the last week of the season, the Phoenix Suns were in a fight for the eighth seed in the Western Conference playoffs, but after a loss to the Utah Jazz in their second-to-last-game, the Suns were mathematically eliminated and finished the year 33-33. For the first time in years, the Suns will begin a season without their superstar Steve Nash at point guard, who is arguably one of the best players in the team's history. Luckily for Suns' fans, the team made a flurry of moves in the offseason to replace some of the lost pieces and begin creating a younger, leaner and tougher team that can compete with the superstar-packed rosters of their foes in the Western Conference. To replace the major void left behind by Nash's departure, the Suns moved quickly in free agency to pick up point guard Goran Dragic, whom the team traded away only two years ago. The Suns found a way to land power forward Luis Scola, who should help the team's scoring attack tremendously. New addition Michael Beasley provides great size at the small forward position, as well as Wesley Johnson who also came over from Minnesota. Last but not least, the team signed veteran big man Jermaine O'Neal to provide a much-needed boost off the bench. In the draft, the Suns only had one pick but made it count with the selection of point guard Kendall Marshall from North Carolina, who should provide immediate depth behind Dragic. Along with their completely redesigned point guard lineup, the Suns will bring back Sebastian Telfair to provide additional depth. At shooting guard, Jared Dudley has been a reliable performer for the team for several years, and he is spelled frequently by Shannon Brown and P.J. Tucker. The forward position has been completely revamped with the additions of Scola and Beasley, but it will be up to players like Wesley Johnson and Markieff Morris to provide a boost in big spots. At center, Marcin Gortat looked like an All-Star through the early portion of the 2011-12 season, but he will have to adjust to new point guards to maximize his effectiveness. Although there are plenty of new faces, the Suns are still more than capable to play with anyone in the Western Conference with their starting five, but might not have the depth to hang in with teams in close games. However, if the team can gel early on and adjust to their new offense, the Suns could be a surprise postseason contender late in the season.
2011 Phoenix Suns Season Preview
Besides its wonderful, top-notch training staff, the Suns are best known in the NBA for their terrific guard play. Of course, that’s easy when you have former MVP Steve Nash bringing the rock up and down the court every night. Last year the Suns ranked fourth overall in points per game, and third in assists, so whatever their place in the standings, you at least knew that you were going to give you an exciting game. With the super athletic shooting guard Shannon Brown added to the mix, it looks like the Suns are poised to give the fans again what they were looking for in 2011-12.
2010 Phoenix Suns Season Preview
The Phoenix Suns have been one of the most potent offensive teams in the NBA over recent years, but unfortunately for fans, have sometimes played poor defense. They have been one of the most consistent teams in the league, making the conference finals four of the last six years. Despite the consistency, they have lost each time and will be looking to take that final step to the NBA Finals this season. The Suns are lead by their dynamic point guard Steve Nash. The diminutive Canadian averaged an impressive 11 assists per game last season, while scoring 16.5 a game. However, outside of Nash the Suns roster is a big question mark. The team lost Amare Stoudemire and Leandro Barbosa to free agency, and how well the aging bodies of Grant Hill and Jason Richardson hold up are serious concerns. Despite the worry, the Suns have several young players who may be able to shoulder some of the load. Robin Lopez proved he could be a solid defender last season, and the addition of Hedo Turkoglu adds a reliable scorer down low. Ultimately though, the team will go as far as Nash can lead them as the offense centers around his play.
2009 Phoenix Suns Season Preview
The Phoenix Suns head into the 2009-2010 NBA season with a goal to return to the Western Conference playoffs. The Suns slipped last year and missed the playoffs, but have a talented roster that should put them back in the mix this season. The Suns will be led by PG Steve Nash and PF Amare Stoudemire. Top to bottom the Suns roster is stacked with talent, so expect big things from Phoenix this year.
2008 Phoenix Suns Season Preview
The Phoenix Suns play the most up-tempo exciting basketball in the NBA today. Steve Nash and Amare Stoudamire provide fast-paced, high-flying excitement and lead a team poised to finally win an NBA title. Watching a game at the Talking Stick Resort Arena, it's hard to forget the exciting play of Charles Barkley, Danny Ainge, and "Thunder" Dan Majerle in the 1990's. The Phoenix Suns may be even more exciting to watch now than they were then.