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Phoenix Suns
The PHOENIX SUNS are an American professional basketball team based in Phoenix, Arizona . The Suns compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member team of the league's Western Conference Pacific Division , and are the only team in their division not to be based in California
California
. Since 1992, the Suns have played their home games at Talking Stick Resort Arena in downtown Phoenix . The Suns began play as an expansion team in 1968 . The franchise owns the NBA's fourth-best all-time winning percentage, winning 55 percent of its games, as of the end of the 2014–15 season . In 47 years of play, they have made the playoffs 29 times, posted 19 seasons of 50 or more wins, made nine trips to the Western Conference Finals , and advanced to the NBA Finals
NBA Finals
twice, in 1976 and 1993 . As a result, the Suns are the team with the highest all-time win-loss percentage to have never won an NBA championship . With the National Hockey League 's Phoenix Coyotes changing their geographic location name to Arizona
Arizona
on June 27, 2014 (which was required as part of their new Gila River Arena lease agreement), the Suns are the only men's major professional sports franchise based in the state of Arizona
Arizona
that brands themselves exclusively to the city of Phoenix rather than the state as a whole
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2017–18 Phoenix Suns Season
The 2017–18 PHOENIX SUNS SEASON will be the 50th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), as well as their 25th season at the Talking Stick Resort Arena
Talking Stick Resort Arena
. It is also their third season in five years where the Suns would earn themselves a Top 5 draft pick in the NBA Draft , with them having the second straight year of gaining the #4 pick, this time being Josh Jackson
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Western Conference (NBA)
The WESTERN CONFERENCE of the National Basketball Association is made up of 15 teams, and organized into three divisions of five teams each. Since 2006, the three division winners and the non-division winner with the best record are seeded 1 through 4 for the playoffs in order of their record, with all remaining non-division winners seeded 5 through 8. This leaves open the possibility that a #2 or #3 seed could be a non-division winner. Home-court advantage in a playoff series is decided by record, not by seeding, so if a #4 and #5 team met in a playoff series in which the #5 team had the better record, the #5 team would have home-court advantage. The reasoning behind this seeding arrangement is that a non-division winner could have a better record than the winners of the two divisions other than the one that produced the non-division winner in question. If the three division winners were seeded 1 through 3 for the playoffs in order of their record, and all non-division winners seeded 4 through 8, it would be possible for the two leading teams of the conference to meet in the Conference Semifinals
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Pacific Division (NBA)
The PACIFIC DIVISION is one of the three divisions in the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The division consists of five teams, the Golden State Warriors , the Los Angeles Clippers , the Los Angeles Lakers , the Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
and the Sacramento Kings . All teams, except the Suns, are based in California . The division was created at the start of the 1970–71 season , when the league expanded from 14 to 17 teams with the addition of the Buffalo Braves
Buffalo Braves
, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Portland Trail Blazers . The league realigned itself into two conferences, the Western Conference and the Eastern Conference , with two divisions each in each conference. The Pacific Division began with five inaugural members, the Lakers, the Blazers, the San Diego Rockets , the San Francisco Warriors and the Seattle SuperSonics . The Lakers, the Rockets, the Warriors and the SuperSonics all joined from the Western Division. The Lakers have won the most Pacific Division titles with 23. The Suns have won the second most titles with six. The Warriors have won the Pacific Division title five times, including three consecutive times with the first time being in 2015 . 15 NBA champions have come from the Pacific Division
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Phoenix, Arizona
PHOENIX (/ˈfiːnᵻks/ ) is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona
Arizona
. With 1,615,017 people (as of 2016 ), Phoenix is the fifth most populous city nationwide, the most populous state capital in the United States, and the only state capital with a population of more than one million residents. Phoenix is the anchor of the Phoenix metropolitan area , also known as the Valley of the Sun , which in turn is a part of the Salt River Valley . The metropolitan area is the 12th largest by population in the United States
United States
, with approximately 4.3 million people as of 2010 . In addition, Phoenix is the seat of Maricopa County and, at 517.9 square miles (1,341 km2), it is the largest city in the state, more than twice the size of Tucson
Tucson
and one of the largest cities in the United States
United States
. Settled in 1867 as an agricultural community near the confluence of the Salt and Gila Rivers , Phoenix incorporated as a city in 1881. Located in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert , Phoenix has a subtropical desert climate
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Ryan McDonough (NBA Executive)
RYAN MICHAEL MCDONOUGH (born November 20, 1980) is the general manager of the Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
of the National Basketball Association . McDonough was hired by the Suns on May 7, 2013. He had previously worked for ten years in the Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
organization, serving in roles including director of international scouting and assistant general manager to former Suns player and head coach Danny Ainge . Under the assistant general manager role, McDonough would get an NBA Finals championship for the Celtics during the 2007–08 season . In his first season as executive of the Suns, he helped recreate the team to give them a 23-win improvement from the 2012–13 season to the 2013–14 season . Despite that, however, he would end up being runner-up for the NBA Executive of the Year Award
NBA Executive of the Year Award
to R. C. Buford . While McDonough wouldn't reach the same success that he had in his first season with the Suns, he still managed to receive a contract extension with Phoenix on July 19, 2017. McDonough is also the son of Boston Globe columnist writer Will McDonough , as well as the brother of ESPN
ESPN
/Monday Night Football sportscaster and former Boston Red Sox sportscaster Sean McDonough and current Arizona Cardinals vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough
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Earl Watson
EARL JOSEPH WATSON JR. (born June 12, 1979) is an American former professional basketball player who is currently the head coach for the Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the UCLA
UCLA
Bruins , where he was a four-year starter. Watson was drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics in the second round of the 2001 NBA draft with the 39th overall selection. He played 13 seasons in the NBA with seven teams before becoming a coach in 2014. CONTENTS * 1 High school and college career * 2 Professional career * 3 NBA career statistics * 3.1 Regular season * 3.2 Playoffs * 4 Coaching career * 4.1 Head coaching record * 5 Personal life * 6 References * 7 External links HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE CAREERWatson is a graduate of Washington High School in Kansas City, Kansas . In his senior year of high school he averaged 23.4 points, 8.3 assists and 14 rebounds per game. Watson was a starter in college at UCLA
UCLA
, at one point playing alongside future NBA All-Star Baron Davis . They were the first two freshmen to start at UCLA
UCLA
since the 1979 season. A four-year starter, Watson started the most consecutive games in the history of UCLA basketball
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Robert Sarver
CONTENTS * 1 Early life and education * 2 Career * 2.1 Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
* 2.2 Rangers * 2.3 RCD Mallorca
RCD Mallorca
* 3 Personal life * 4 References EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATIONSarver was born to a Jewish family in Tucson
Tucson
, the son of Irene and Jack Sarver. His father was a prominent Tucson
Tucson
businessman, banker and hotel developer (the elder Sarver built the Aztec Inn, the Plaza International Hotel (now an Aloft Hotel ) at Speedway and Campbell in Tucson
Tucson
in the early 1970s, built and operated the Tucson
Tucson
area Howard Johnson\'s locations, and headed a local savings and loan ). Jack Sarver died of a heart attack in 1979; Robert Sarver
Robert Sarver
would eventually donate to his alma mater, the University of Arizona , funds to its heart research center, which in 1998 was renamed the Sarver Heart Center in honor of his father. At age 16, he went to work for his father's company, American Savings and Loan. Sarver is a 1979 graduate of Sabino High School in Tucson
Tucson
and a 1982 graduate of the University of Arizona with a bachelor's degree in business administration. In 1983, Sarver became a certified public accountant
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Northern Arizona Suns
The NORTHERN ARIZONA SUNS are an NBA G League team based in Prescott Valley, Arizona
Arizona
and the minor league affiliate of the Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
. The franchise began as the LONG BEACH JAM in 2003 under the revived American Basketball
Basketball
Association and moved to Bakersfield in the D-League in 2006 as the BAKERSFIELD JAM; after 10 years in Bakersfield, California
Bakersfield, California
, the franchise was moved to Prescott Valley in 2016 by the Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
and were subsequently renamed the Northern Arizona
Arizona
Suns. CONTENTS* 1 History * 1.1 Long Beach Jam (2003–2005) * 1.2 Bakersfield Jam (2006–2016) * 1.3 Move to Prescott Valley * 2 Season-by-season record * 3 Current roster * 4 Former players * 4.1 Players assigned by NBA teams * 4.2 Players recalled by NBA teams * 4.3 Players called up by NBA teams * 4.4 Players returned to the Suns * 4.5 Two-way players * 5 Head coaches * 6 Affiliates * 7 References * 8 External links HISTORYLONG BEACH JAM (2003–2005)During the year-long hiatus that the American Basketball
Basketball
Association had in the 2002–03 season, one of the teams the league approved of would be the LONG BEACH JAM
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1976 NBA Playoffs
The 1976 NBA PLAYOFFS was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association 's 1975–76 season . The tournament concluded with the Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics defeating the Western Conference champion Phoenix Suns 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals . The series was highlighted by Game 5, a 3-OT victory by Boston. The Celtics won their 13th NBA title, second in the Dave Cowens era. Jo Jo White was named NBA Finals MVP . The Suns earned their first two playoff series victories in franchise history to advance to the NBA Finals; they won their second (and as of 2017 , most recent) Western Conference title in 1993 . The sixth-year Cleveland Cavaliers made their first playoff appearance and won their first playoff series. This was the final playoff appearance for the Buffalo Braves franchise in Buffalo and last until 1992 , when they returned as the Los Angeles Clippers . The Philadelphia 76ers made the playoffs for the first time since 1971 , starting a 12-year run that included four NBA Finals appearances (1977 , 1980 , 1982 , and 1983 ). Despite winning their division with a losing record of 38-44, the Milwaukee Bucks were forced to play in the best of three first round against the Detroit Pistons
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1993 NBA Playoffs
The 1993 NBA PLAYOFFS was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association 's 1992–93 season . The tournament concluded with the Eastern Conference champion Chicago Bulls defeating the Western Conference champion Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals . Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
was named NBA Finals MVP for the third straight year. This was the Suns' second Western Conference title; they made their first NBA Finals appearance since 1976 , losing to the Boston Celtics . The Knicks–Pacers rivalry started in their first-round encounter, which New York won, 3–1. But it wasn't until the next two meetings (1994 and 1995 ) that the rivalry became even more intense, particularly due to Reggie Miller 's heroics in the Garden that made him a household name and Indiana legitimate contenders in the East. The Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets
made their playoff debut. Their opening-round series versus Boston
Boston
was also last time the Celtics made the playoffs with Kevin McHale , who retired after the series, and Robert Parish , who left as a free agent. Game 1 of the series was the final game in Reggie Lewis ' career, as he collapsed during the first quarter and did not play for the rest of the series; he died in July of a heart attack
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1980–81 NBA Season
The 1980–81 NBA SEASON was the 35th season of the National Basketball
Basketball
Association . The season ended with the Boston Celtics winning the NBA Championship, beating the Houston Rockets 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals . CONTENTS * 1 Notable occurrences * 2 Final standings * 2.1 By division * 2.2 By conference * 3 Playoffs * 4 Statistics leaders * 5 NBA awards * 5.1 Players of the week * 5.2 Players of the month * 6 References NOTABLE OCCURRENCES * The Dallas Mavericks become the league's 23rd franchise. As a result, the NBA realigns four of its teams to better reflect its geographical location (the Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago Bulls move to the Eastern Conference and the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets to the Western Conference). * The 1981 NBA All-Star Game was played at the Richfield Coliseum near Cleveland, Ohio , with the East defeating the West 123–120. Nate Archibald
Nate Archibald
of the Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
wins the game's MVP award. * To date, this was the final time that a regular-season had ended during the month of March. * The Houston Rockets (40–42) become just the second team in NBA history (to date) to make the finals without posting a winning record during the regular season
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1992–93 Nba Season
The 1992–93 NBA SEASON was the 47th season of the National Basketball
Basketball
Association . The season ended with the Chicago Bulls winning their third-straight NBA Championship, beating the Phoenix Suns 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals . CONTENTS * 1 Notable occurrences * 2 Standings * 2.1 By division * 2.2 By conference * 3 Playoffs * 4 Statistics leaders * 5 NBA awards * 5.1 Yearly awards * 5.2 Player of the week * 5.3 Player of the month * 5.4 Rookie of the month * 5.5 Coach of the month * 6 References NOTABLE OCCURRENCES Coaching changes OFFSEASON TEAM 1991–92 COACH 1992–93 COACH Denver Nuggets Paul Westhead Dan Issel
Dan Issel
Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons
Chuck Daly
Chuck Daly
Ron Rothstein Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
Mike Dunleavy, Sr. Randy Pfund Milwaukee Bucks Frank Hamblen
Frank Hamblen
Mike Dunleavy, Sr. New Jersey Nets Bill Fitch Chuck Daly
Chuck Daly
Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
Jim Lynam Doug Moe Phoenix Suns Cotton Fitzsimmons Paul Westphal Sacramento Kings Rex Hughes Garry St
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1994–95 NBA Season
The 1994–95 NBA SEASON was the 49th season of the National Basketball Association . The season ended with the Houston Rockets defeating the Orlando Magic 4 games to 0 in the NBA Finals to be crowned champions. CONTENTS * 1 Notable occurrences * 2 Standings * 2.1 By division * 2.2 By conference * 3 Playoffs * 4 Statistics leaders * 5 NBA awards * 6 Milestones * 6.1 Debuts * 6.2 Last games * 7 References NOTABLE OCCURRENCES Coaching changes OFFSEASON TEAM 1993–94 COACH 1994–95 COACH Dallas Mavericks Quinn Buckner Dick Motta Los Angeles Clippers Bob Weiss Bill Fitch Los Angeles Lakers Magic Johnson Del Harris Minnesota Timberwolves Sidney Lowe Bill Blair New Jersey Nets Chuck Daly Butch Beard Philadelphia 76ers Fred Carter John Lucas Portland Trail Blazers Rick Adelman P.J
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2004–05 Nba Season
The 2004–05 NBA SEASON was the 59th season of the National Basketball
Basketball
Association (NBA). It began on November 2, 2004 and ended June 23, 2005. The season ended with the San Antonio Spurs defeating the defending-champion Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons
, 4–3, in the NBA Finals. CONTENTS* 1 Notable occurrences * 1.1 Coaching changes * 2 Final standings * 2.1 By division * 2.2 By conference * 3 Playoffs * 4 Statistics leaders * 5 Awards * 5.1 Yearly awards * 5.2 Players of the month * 5.3 Rookies of the month * 5.4 Coaches of the month * 6 References NOTABLE OCCURRENCES * The NBA made its return to Charlotte as the Charlotte Bobcats became the league's 30th franchise at the time. Ten years later, the Bobcats and the departed New Orleans Hornets would strike a deal with the New Orleans franchise renaming themselves the Pelicans, thereby restoring the Hornets' Charlotte history and name to the Charlotte franchise. The Bobcats played their first season at the Charlotte Coliseum . * This season also was the first year of the NBA's new divisional alignments, separating the league into six divisions of five teams instead of the previous four divisions of varying numbers of teams. As part of this realignment, the New Orleans Hornets moved from the Eastern Conference to the Western Conference
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2005–06 NBA Season
The 2005–06 NBA SEASON was the 60th season of the National Basketball
Basketball
Association . It began on November 1, 2005 and ran through April 19, 2006. The Miami Heat were crowned NBA champions, defeating the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals , 4–2. CONTENTS* 1 Notable occurrences * 1.1 Coaching changes * 2 Final standings * 2.1 By division * 2.2 By conference * 3 Playoffs * 4 Statistics leaders * 5 Awards * 5.1 Yearly awards * 5.2 Players of the month * 5.3 Rookies of the month * 6 References NOTABLE OCCURRENCES * A new league dress code was put into effect at the beginning of the year by commissioner David Stern . * The Miami Heat win their first NBA championship in franchise history. They become the third franchise (joining the 1969 Boston Celtics , 1977 Portland Trail Blazers , and 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
) to win the NBA Finals after losing the first two games. They are also the first of the four 1988/89 expansion franchises to win a championship. * The All-Star Game was played on February 19, 2006 at the Toyota Center in Houston
Houston
with the East beating the West 122–120
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