1971-72 Phoenix Suns Season
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1971%E2%80%9372 Phoenix Suns Season
1971-72 Phoenix Suns season
Head coachCotton Fitzsimmons
General managerJerry Colangelo
Owner(s)Richard Bloch
ArenaArizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Results
Record49–33 (.598)
PlaceDivision: 3rd (Midwest)
Conference: 5th (Western)
Playoff finishDid not qualify

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionKTAR-TV
RadioKTAR

The 1971-72 Phoenix Suns season was the fourth season for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association. With a 49-33 record, the Suns hold the NBA record as the team with the best winning percentage to not make the playoffs. The team broke the record they set the previous year with a 48-34 finish. Head coach Cotton Fitzsimmons led the Suns in their debut season as members of the Pacific division. All home games were played at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Paul Silas again led the team in rebounds, averaging 11.9 per game, while also leading the Suns in assists with a 4.3 average. Connie Hawkins's 21 points a game led the club, while Dick Van Arsdale was second with his 19.7 average. Silas averaged 17.5 for the season, while both Clem Haskins and Neal Walk averaged 15.7.

Draft picks

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 14 John Roche Guard  United States South Carolina
3 48 Dennis "Mo" Layton Guard  United States USC
4 65 Walt Szczerbiak Forward  United States George Washington
5 82 Ken Gardner Forward  United States Utah
5 84 Bob Kissane Center  United States Holy Cross
6 99 William Graham Forward  United States Kentucky State
7 116 Ralph Brateris Forward  United States Trenton State
8 133 Vernell Ellzy Forward  United States Florida State
9 149 Mike Johnson Guard  United States Kansas State
10 165 Tom Newell Guard  United States Hawaii
11 179 Paul Leitz Forward  United States Western Carolina
12 192 Floyd Mason Forward  United States Alcorn A&M
13 204 Ron Dorsey Guard  United States Tennessee State
14 213 Ken Booker Guard  United States UCLA
15 222 Curtis Carter Forward  United States Bishop

Roster

Regular season

Standings

Midwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
y-Milwaukee Bucks 63 19 .768 - 31-5 27-12 5-2 13-5
x-Chicago Bulls 57 25 .695 6 29-12 26-12 2-1 12-6
Phoenix Suns 49 33 .598 14 30-11 19-20 0-2 7-11
Detroit Pistons 26 56 .317 37 16-25 9-30 1-1 4-14
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT
1 z-Los Angeles Lakers 69 13 .841
2 y-Milwaukee Bucks 63 19 .768
3 x-Chicago Bulls 57 25 .695
4 x-Golden State Warriors 51 31 .622
5 Phoenix Suns 49 33 .598
6 Seattle SuperSonics 47 35 .573
7 Houston Rockets 34 48 .415
8 Detroit Pistons 26 56 .317
9 Portland Trail Blazers 18 64 .220


Record vs. opponents

1971-72 NBA records
Team ATL BAL BOS BUF CHI CIN CLE DET GSW HOU LAL MIL NYK PHI PHO POR SEA
Atlanta -- 2-4 0-4 4-2 0-5 3-3 4-2 3-2 3-2 1-4 0-5 2-3 3-1 3-3 3-2 4-0 1-4
Baltimore 4-2 -- 2-2 3-3 1-4 4-2 1-5 3-2 1-4 3-2 1-4 0-5 2-4 4-0 4-1 3-1 2-3
Boston 4-0 2-2 -- 6-0 3-2 4-2 5-1 5-0 2-3 5-0 1-4 2-3 3-3 6-0 2-3 4-0 2-3
Buffalo 2-4 3-3 0-6 -- 1-3 3-3 4-2 2-4 1-3 0-4 0-4 0-4 1-5 3-3 0-4 2-4 0-4
Chicago 5-0 4-1 2-3 3-1 -- 3-1 4-0 5-1 3-3 5-1 1-3 2-4 3-2 4-1 5-1 6-0 2-3
Cincinnati 3-3 2-4 2-4 3-3 1-3 -- 6-2 2-3 2-3 0-4 1-4 0-5 2-2 2-2 2-3 2-2 0-5
Cleveland 2-4 5-1 1-5 2-4 0-4 2-6 -- 1-3 0-4 2-2 1-3 0-4 1-5 2-4 0-4 4-2 0-4
Detroit 2-3 2-3 0-5 4-2 1-5 3-2 3-1 -- 0-5 3-3 1-4 1-5 1-4 1-4 2-4 2-2 0-4
Golden State 2-3 4-1 3-2 3-1 3-3 3-2 4-0 5-0 -- 5-1 1-5 2-2 2-3 4-1 2-3 4-2 4-2
Houston 4-1 2-3 0-5 4-0 1-5 4-0 2-2 3-3 1-5 -- 1-5 0-5 0-5 4-1 1-3 4-2 3-3
Los Angeles 5-0 4-1 4-1 4-0 3-1 4-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 5-1 -- 4-1 4-1 5-0 4-2 6-0 5-1
Milwaukee 3-2 5-0 3-2 4-0 4-2 5-0 4-0 5-1 2-2 5-0 1-4 -- 2-3 4-1 4-2 6-0 6-0
New York 1-3 4-2 3-3 5-1 2-3 2-2 5-1 4-1 3-2 5-0 1-4 3-2 -- 3-3 1-4 3-1 3-2
Philadelphia 3-3 0-4 0-6 3-3 1-4 2-2 4-2 4-1 1-4 1-4 0-5 1-4 3-3 -- 1-4 2-2 4-1
Phoenix 2-3 1-4 3-2 4-0 1-5 3-2 4-0 4-2 3-2 3-1 2-4 2-4 4-1 4-1 -- 6-0 3-2
Portland 0-4 1-3 0-4 4-2 0-6 2-2 2-4 2-2 2-4 2-4 0-6 0-6 1-3 2-2 0-6 -- 0-6
Seattle 4-1 3-2 3-2 4-0 3-2 5-0 4-0 4-0 2-4 3-3 1-5 0-6 2-3 1-4 2-3 6-0 --

Game log

Team-by-team results

Opponent Home Road Total All-time record Suns leading scorer Opp. leading scorer
Atlanta Hawks 2-1 0-2 2-3 10-12 (.455%) Connie Hawkins (21.2) Lou Hudson (26.8)
Baltimore Bullets 1-2 0-2 1-4 6-16 (.273%) Dick Van Arsdale (23.6) Archie Clark (24.6)
Boston Celtics 3-0 0-2 3-2 10-12 (.455%) Connie Hawkins (28.2) John Havlicek (27.2)
Buffalo Braves 2-0 2-0 4-0 7-1 (.875%) Connie Hawkins (20.3) Walt Hazzard (19.3)
Chicago Bulls 0-3 1-2 1-5 8-17 (.320%) Paul Silas (19.8) Bob Love (26.7)
Cincinnati Royals 2-0 1-2 3-2 12-10 (.545%) Dick Van Arsdale (23.6) Tom Van Arsdale (23.4)
Cleveland Cavaliers 2-0 2-0 4-0 8-0 (1.000%) Dick Van Arsdale (21.0) John Johnson (17.3)
Detroit Pistons 2-1 2-1 4-2 13-11 (.542%) Connie Hawkins (20.3) Bob Lanier (25.7)
Golden State Warriors 2-0 1-2 3-2 11-11 (.500%) Clem Haskins (18.6) Nate Thurmond (23.6)
Houston Rockets 1-1 2-0 3-1 13-12 (.520%) Dick Van Arsdale (19.8) Elvin Hayes (24.0)
Los Angeles Lakers 2-1 0-3 2-4 10-15 (.400%) Dick Van Arsdale (21.2) Gail Goodrich (28.3)
Milwaukee Bucks 1-2 1-2 2-4 6-20 (.231%) Connie Hawkins (28.2) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (37.8)
New York Knicks 2-0 2-1 4-1 6-16 (.273%) Connie Hawkins (24.6) Walt Frazier (23.4)
Philadelphia 76ers 3-0 1-1 4-1 9-13 (.409%) Connie Hawkins (22.0) Bob Rule (21.7)
Portland Trail Blazers 3-0 3-0 6-0 10-0 (1.000%) Connie Hawkins (22.2) Sidney Wicks (25.8)
Seattle SuperSonics 2-0 1-2 3-2 13-10 (.565%) Connie Hawkins (23.4) Spencer Haywood (29.8)

Awards and honors

All-Star

  • Connie Hawkins was selected as a reserve for the Western Conference in the All-Star Game. It was his third consecutive All-Star selection.
  • Paul Silas was selected as a reserve for the Western Conference in the All-Star Game. It was his first All-Star selection.

Season

Player statistics

Season

Player GP MPG FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
Mel Counts 76 11.9 .427 .721 3.4 1.3 5.2
Lamar Green 67 14.8 .446 .733 5.2 0.7 5.0
Art Harris 21 6.9 .329 .429 0.6 0.9 2.6
Clem Haskins 79 31.1 .483 .853^ 3.4 3.7 15.7
Connie Hawkins 76 36.8 .459 .807 8.3 3.9 21.0
Mo Layton 80 23.1 .424 .739 2.1 3.1 9.1
Otto Moore 81 20.0 .436 .603 6.7 1.1 7.6
Charlie Scott* 6 29.5 .425 .810 3.8 4.3 18.8
Paul Silas 80 38.5 .470 .773 11.9 4.3 17.5
Fred Taylor* 13 5.3 .222 .308 1.3 0.5 1.2
Dick Van Arsdale 82 37.8 .463 .845^ 4.1 3.6 19.7
Neal Walk 81 26.4 .479 .744 8.2 1.9 15.7
Jeff Webb* 27 4.8 .477 .500 0.6 0.6 2.5
John Wetzel 51 8.2 .378 .800 1.3 1.1 1.7

* - Stats with the Suns.
^ - Minimum 350 free throw attempts.

Transactions

Trades

April 2, 1971
To Detroit Pistons---- To Phoenix Suns----
August 13, 1971
To Cleveland Cavaliers---- To Phoenix Suns----
December 27, 1971
To Cincinnati Royals---- To Phoenix Suns----
March 14, 1971
To Boston Celtics----
  • Future considerations
  • Cash considerations
    (United States Paul Silas was sent to Boston in September to complete trade)
To Phoenix Suns----

Free agents


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