2004-05 Phoenix Suns Season
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2004%E2%80%9305 Phoenix Suns Season
2004-05 Phoenix Suns season
Division champions
Head coachMike D'Antoni
General managerBryan Colangelo
OwnersRobert Sarver
ArenaAmerica West Arena
Results
Record62–20 (.756)
PlaceDivision: 1st (Pacific)
Conference: 1st (Western)
Playoff finishWestern Conference Finals
(Lost to Spurs 1-4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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The 2004-05 NBA season was the 37th for the Phoenix Suns in the National Basketball Association.[1] During the offseason, the Suns re-acquired All-Star guard Steve Nash from the Dallas Mavericks, and signed free agent Quentin Richardson. The Suns got off to a fast start winning 31 of their first 35 games, but then lost six straight afterwards. They finished with the best record in the NBA at 62-20 under head coach Mike D'Antoni, tying their franchise best 1992-93 season record. Three members of the team, Nash, Amar'e Stoudemire, and Shawn Marion were all selected for the 2005 NBA All-Star Game. The Suns also gained solid play from Richardson and Joe Johnson. Nash finished the season averaging 11.5 assists per game, while making 50.2% of his field goals and 43.1% of his three-pointers in the regular season. He ended up winning the MVP award. D'Antoni was awarded Coach of the Year, and Bryan Colangelo Executive of the Year.

In the first round of the playoffs, the Suns swept the Memphis Grizzlies in four straight games, then in the semifinals defeated Nash's former team, the Dallas Mavericks in six games. However, in the Western Conference Finals, they would lose to the 2nd-seeded and eventual NBA champion San Antonio Spurs in five games. Following the season, Johnson was traded to the Atlanta Hawks, and Richardson was dealt to the New York Knicks.

Offseason

NBA Draft

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 7 Luol Deng Forward  United Kingdom Duke
Head coach Mike D'Antoni

The Suns drafted Luol Deng with the 7th pick, who was immediately traded to the Chicago Bulls for second-round pick Jackson Vroman, a conditional first-round pick (which conveyed as the 21st overall pick in 2005), and cash considerations.[2][3] The Suns received the 16th pick (Kirk Snyder) in a trade with the New York Knicks, but traded the pick to the Utah Jazz. The Suns second-round pick was traded to the Orlando Magic in 2003.

Free agency

After trading Stephon Marbury (owed $76 million through 2008-09) and Penny Hardaway (owed $30.4 million through 2005-06), the Suns freed enough cap space to sign free agent point guard Steve Nash to a 6-year, $65.6 million deal, with a sixth-year team option, and swingman Quentin Richardson to a 6-year, $43.5 million deal, with a sixth-year player option.[4] The Suns also signed Steven Hunter, Yuta Tabuse and Derrick Dial as free agents. Hunter played the season as a back-up center, Tabuse played 4 games before being waived in December, and Dial was waived before the start of the season.

Regular season

Before the season, the Suns were widely predicted to finish in the middle of the pack of the Western Conference.[4] Defying expectations, Phoenix won 31 of its first 35 games.[1] The team then lost its next six games, in large part due to a thigh injury suffered by Nash.[5] Despite this minor blip, the Suns finished with a record of 62-20.[1] The 33-win improvement over the 2003-04 campaign constituted the third-best year-to-year jump in NBA history.[4] Nash won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award, while three Suns - Nash, Stoudemire, and Marion - were named to an All-NBA Team.[6]

In their first full year under D'Antoni, the Suns channeled his particular basketball philosophy, which emphasized rapid ball movement, pick-and-rolls, and high-volume three-point shooting.[7][8][9] This style of play benefitted from rule changes enacted in 2002, which including new penalties against hand check fouls committed on the perimeter.[4] Over the course of the season, Phoenix led the NBA in a large number of metrics, including points per possession, points per game, three-point shots attempted, and three-point shooting percentage.[6][10] The Suns' fast style of play earned them the moniker "Seven Seconds or Less."[11][12]

Playoffs

The Suns swept the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round. In the second round, Phoenix beat the Dallas Mavericks in six games. In the Western Conference Finals, the Suns fell to the San Antonio Spurs in five games.[13]

Legacy

Writing for the Washington Post in 2017, Tim Bontemps credited D'Antoni and his Suns teams - starting with the 2004-05 squad - with demonstrating the possibility of success for a team built to play small ball, run a high-tempo offense, and shoot a large number of three-pointers. Bontemps argued that the Suns' model inspired teams around the league to adopt many of D'Antoni's offensive principles, leading to dramatic changes in the NBA's style of play.[11] Other writers have made similar arguments in favor of the proposition that the "Seven Seconds or Less" Suns revolutionized the modern game of basketball.[4][7]

Multiple commentators have drawn direct parallels between D'Antoni's Phoenix teams and the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors, who also shot a large number of three-pointers and used small ball lineups.[14] The Stephen Curry-led Warriors set the regular season record of 73 wins before falling to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals.

The team's roster is featured in the video games NBA 2K16,[15]NBA 2K17, and NBA 2K18.

Roster

Results

Standings

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Phoenix Suns 62 20 .756 - 31-10 31-10 12-4
x-Sacramento Kings 50 32 .610 12 30-11 20-21 10-6
Los Angeles Clippers 37 45 .451 25 27-14 10-31 6-10
Los Angeles Lakers 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 6-10
Golden State Warriors 34 48 .415 28 20-21 14-27 6-10
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Phoenix Suns 62 20 .756 --
2 y-San Antonio Spurs 59 23 .720 3
3 y-Seattle SuperSonics 52 30 .634 10
4 x-Dallas Mavericks 58 24 .707 4
5 x-Houston Rockets 51 31 .622 11
6 x-Sacramento Kings 50 32 .610 12
7 x-Denver Nuggets 49 33 .598 13
8 x-Memphis Grizzlies 45 37 .549 17
9 Minnesota Timberwolves 44 38 .537 18
10 Los Angeles Clippers 37 45 .451 25
11 Los Angeles Lakers 34 48 .415 28
12 Golden State Warriors 34 48 .415 28
13 Portland Trail Blazers 27 55 .329 35
14 Utah Jazz 26 56 .317 36
15 New Orleans Hornets 18 64 .220 44


Record vs. opponents

2004-05 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MEM MIA MIL MIN NJN NOH NYK ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA TOR UTA WAS
Atlanta -- 1-3 1-3 0-4 0-4 1-1 0-2 1-3 0-2 1-1 0-3 0-2 1-1 0-2 0-4 1-2 1-1 0-3 1-1 1-3 1-3 1-3 0-2 0-2 0-2 0-2 0-2 1-2 0-2 0-4
Boston 3-1 -- 4-0 2-2 1-2 0-2 0-2 1-3 1-1 1-1 1-2 2-0 1-1 1-1 1-2 3-1 1-1 1-3 2-0 3-1 3-0 1-3 1-1 1-1 0-2 0-2 2-0 3-1 2-0 3-1
Charlotte 3-1 0-4 -- 0-4 0-4 0-2 1-1 2-1 0-2 2-0 0-3 0-2 0-2 0-2 1-3 0-4 1-1 0-4 1-1 1-3 3-1 0-3 0-2 0-2 1-1 0-2 0-2 1-2 1-1 0-4
Chicago 4-0 2-2 4-0 -- 2-2 1-1 1-1 2-2 1-1 0-2 2-2 0-2 1-1 2-0 1-3 2-2 2-0 0-4 1-1 4-0 3-0 2-1 0-2 2-0 1-1 0-2 1-1 3-0 2-0 1-2
Cleveland 4-0 2-1 4-0 2-2 -- 1-1 1-1 2-2 2-0 0-2 1-3 1-1 1-1 2-0 0-3 2-2 1-1 1-3 2-0 1-3 3-1 0-3 1-1 2-0 0-2 0-2 0-2 3-1 2-0 1-2
Dallas 1-1 2-0 2-0 1-1 1-1 -- 2-1 1-1 3-1 2-2 1-1 1-2 2-2 4-0 2-0 2-0 2-2 2-0 4-0 2-0 1-1 1-1 1-2 4-0 3-1 1-3 3-1 2-0 3-0 2-0
Denver 2-0 2-0 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-2 -- 1-1 2-2 1-2 2-0 2-1 2-2 4-0 1-1 2-0 2-2 1-1 4-0 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-4 3-1 1-2 2-2 2-2 2-0 2-2 2-0
Detroit 3-1 3-1 1-2 2-2 2-2 1-1 1-1 -- 2-0 2-0 2-2 2-0 2-0 0-2 2-1 2-2 1-1 2-1 2-0 3-0 3-1 3-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 3-1 1-1 4-0
Golden State 2-0 1-1 2-0 1-1 0-2 1-3 2-2 0-2 -- 1-2 1-1 0-4 1-3 1-3 0-2 2-0 1-2 0-2 2-2 1-1 1-1 1-1 2-2 2-2 3-1 0-3 2-2 1-1 2-1 1-1
Houston 1-1 1-1 0-2 2-0 2-0 2-2 2-1 0-2 2-1 -- 1-1 3-0 2-2 3-1 1-1 1-1 1-2 2-0 3-1 1-1 2-0 2-0 2-2 4-0 2-2 2-2 3-1 1-1 2-2 1-1
Indiana 3-0 2-1 3-0 2-2 3-1 1-1 0-2 2-2 1-1 1-1 -- 0-2 1-1 2-0 3-1 2-2 2-0 2-2 1-1 2-2 1-3 0-4 1-1 2-0 0-2 1-1 0-2 2-1 2-0 2-2
L.A. Clippers 2-0 0-2 2-0 2-0 1-1 2-1 1-2 0-2 4-0 0-3 2-0 -- 2-2 1-3 1-1 1-1 1-3 1-1 3-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-4 2-2 0-4 0-4 2-1 1-1 2-2 1-1
L.A. Lakers 1-1 1-1 2-0 1-1 1-1 2-2 2-2 0-2 3-1 2-2 1-1 2-2 -- 0-3 0-2 2-0 2-1 1-1 3-0 1-1 1-1 0-2 0-4 2-1 1-3 0-4 1-3 1-1 1-3 0-2
Memphis 2-0 1-1 2-0 0-2 0-2 0-4 0-4 2-0 3-1 1-3 0-2 3-1 3-0 -- 1-1 2-0 3-1 2-0 3-1 1-1 1-1 2-0 2-2 3-1 0-3 3-1 0-3 2-0 3-0 0-2
Miami 4-0 2-1 3-1 3-1 3-0 0-2 1-1 1-2 2-0 1-1 1-3 1-1 2-0 1-1 -- 4-0 1-1 3-0 2-0 4-0 4-0 2-2 1-1 1-1 2-0 1-1 0-2 3-1 2-0 4-0
Milwaukee 2-1 1-3 4-0 2-2 2-2 0-2 0-2 2-2 0-2 1-1 2-2 1-1 0-2 0-2 0-4 -- 1-1 2-1 1-1 2-1 2-1 0-4 0-2 0-2 0-2 0-2 1-1 2-2 1-1 1-3
Minnesota 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-2 1-1 2-2 2-2 1-1 2-1 2-1 0-2 3-1 1-2 1-3 1-1 1-1 -- 2-0 4-0 1-1 1-1 2-0 1-3 4-0 3-1 1-2 1-3 0-2 3-1 1-1
New Jersey 3-0 3-1 4-0 4-0 3-1 0-2 1-1 1-2 2-0 0-2 2-2 1-1 1-1 0-2 0-3 1-2 0-2 -- 2-0 3-1 1-3 3-1 0-2 1-1 1-1 0-2 0-2 2-2 2-0 1-3
New Orleans 1-1 0-2 1-1 1-1 0-2 0-4 0-4 0-2 2-2 1-3 1-1 1-3 0-3 1-3 0-2 1-1 0-4 0-2 -- 1-1 0-2 1-1 0-4 2-1 1-2 0-4 0-3 0-2 2-2 1-1
New York 3-1 1-3 3-1 0-4 3-1 0-2 1-1 0-3 1-1 1-1 2-2 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-4 1-2 1-1 1-3 1-1 -- 1-2 3-1 0-2 1-1 0-2 1-1 0-2 1-3 2-0 2-1
Orlando 3-1 0-3 1-3 0-3 1-3 1-1 1-1 1-3 1-1 0-2 3-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-4 1-2 1-1 3-1 2-0 2-1 -- 2-2 0-2 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 2-2 2-0 2-2
Philadelphia 3-1 3-1 3-0 1-2 3-0 1-1 1-1 1-3 1-1 0-2 4-0 1-1 2-0 0-2 2-2 4-0 0-2 1-3 1-1 1-3 2-2 -- 0-2 1-1 0-2 0-2 1-1 3-1 1-1 2-1
Phoenix 2-0 1-1 2-0 2-0 1-1 2-1 4-0 1-1 2-2 2-2 1-1 4-0 4-0 2-2 1-1 2-0 3-1 2-0 4-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 -- 3-0 2-2 1-2 2-1 2-0 3-1 1-1
Portland 2-0 1-1 2-0 0-2 0-2 0-4 1-3 1-1 2-2 0-4 0-2 2-2 1-2 1-3 1-1 2-0 0-4 1-1 1-2 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-3 -- 1-3 1-2 1-3 1-1 2-2 0-2
Sacramento 2-0 2-0 1-1 1-1 2-0 1-3 2-1 1-1 1-3 2-2 2-0 4-0 3-1 3-0 0-2 2-0 1-3 1-1 2-1 2-0 1-1 2-0 2-2 3-1 -- 1-3 1-3 1-1 2-1 2-0
San Antonio 2-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 3-1 2-2 1-1 3-0 2-2 1-1 4-0 4-0 1-3 1-1 2-0 2-1 2-0 4-0 1-1 1-1 2-0 2-1 2-1 3-1 -- 2-2 1-1 2-2 1-1
Seattle 2-0 0-2 2-0 1-1 2-0 1-3 2-2 1-1 2-2 1-3 2-0 1-2 3-1 3-0 2-0 1-1 3-1 2-0 3-0 2-0 1-1 1-1 1-2 3-1 3-1 2-2 -- 2-0 3-1 0-2
Toronto 2-1 1-3 2-1 0-3 1-3 0-2 0-2 1-3 1-1 1-1 1-2 1-1 1-1 0-2 1-3 2-2 2-0 2-2 2-0 3-1 2-2 1-3 0-2 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-2 -- 2-0 1-3
Utah 2-0 0-2 1-1 0-2 0-2 0-3 2-2 1-1 1-2 2-2 0-2 2-2 3-1 0-3 0-2 1-1 1-3 0-2 2-2 0-2 0-2 1-1 1-3 2-2 1-2 2-2 1-3 0-2 -- 0-2
Washington 4-0 1-3 4-0 2-1 2-1 0-2 0-2 0-4 1-1 1-1 2-2 1-1 2-0 2-0 0-4 3-1 1-1 3-1 1-1 1-2 2-2 1-2 1-1 2-0 0-2 1-1 2-0 3-1 2-0 --

Playoffs

Game log

Awards and honors

Week/Month

  • Amar'e Stoudemire was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played November 14 through November 20.
  • Shawn Marion was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played November 21 through November 27.
  • Amar'e Stoudemire was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played December 5 through December 11.
  • Shawn Marion was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played December 12 through December 18.
  • Steve Nash was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played December 19 through December 25.
  • Steve Nash was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played February 6 through February 12.
  • Steve Nash was named Western Conference Player of the Month for November.
  • Amar'e Stoudemire was named Western Conference Player of the Month for April.
  • Mike D'Antoni was named Western Conference Coach of the Month for December.

All-Star

Season

Injuries/Missed games

Player statistics

Season

NBA roster statistics
Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Leandro Barbosa 63 6 17.3 .475 .367 .797 2.1 2.0 0.5 0.1 7.0
?arko ?abarkapa* 3 0 3.7 .571+ . 1.000^ 1.0 0.0 .0 .0 3.0
Steven Hunter 76 3 13.8 .614+ .000 .479 3.0 0.2 0.1 1.3 4.6
Jim Jackson* 40 3 24.9 .435 .459 .960^ 3.9 2.4 0.3 0.1 8.8
Casey Jacobsen* 40 0 19.2 .414 .382 .774 1.7 0.9 0.3 .0 5.3
Joe Johnson 82 82 39.5 .461 .478+ .750 5.1 3.5 1.0 0.3 17.1
Maciej Lampe* 16 0 7.4 .347 .667+ .667 2.0 0.1 0.1 0.1 2.8
Shawn Marion 81 81 38.8 .476 .334 .833 11.3 1.9 2.0 1.5 19.4
Walter McCarty* 28 0 12.6 .388 .385 .500 2.2 0.4 0.4 0.2 3.5
Steve Nash 75 75 34.3 .502 .431 .887^ 3.3 11.5 1.0 0.1 15.5
Bo Outlaw 39 0 5.5 .353 . .556 1.4 0.3 0.2 0.3 0.7
Smush Parker* 5 0 6.8 .467 .250 . 0.6 0.8 0.4 .0 3.0
Quentin Richardson 79 78 35.9 .389 .358 .739 6.1 2.0 1.2 0.3 14.9
Paul Shirley 9 0 3.3 .455 . .500 0.2 0.3 .0 .0 1.3
Amar'e Stoudemire 80 80 36.1 .559+ .188 .733 8.9 1.6 1.0 1.6 26.0
Yuta Tabuse 4 0 4.3 .167 1.000+ 1.000^ 1.0 0.8 .0 .0 1.8
Jake Voskuhl 38 1 9.5 .458 . .684 2.4 0.4 0.1 0.3 2.1
Jackson Vroman* 10 1 5.7 .375 . .571 1.3 0.7 0.3 0.2 1.6

* - Stats with the Suns.
+ - Minimum 300 field goals made.
+ - Minimum 55 three-pointers made.
^ - Minimum 125 free throws made.

Playoffs

NBA roster statistics
Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Leandro Barbosa 12 0 9.7 .343 .400 .500 1.4 1.0 0.2 .0 2.5
Steven Hunter 15 0 14.2 .558 . .600 2.5 0.2 0.1 1.2 4.2
Jim Jackson 15 6 31.6 .488 .516 .875 4.1 1.5 0.7 0.5 11.0
Joe Johnson 9 9 39.4 .504 .556 .697 4.3 3.3 1.1 0.4 18.8
Shawn Marion 15 15 42.3 .484 .419 .769 11.8 1.5 1.4 1.7 17.6
Walter McCarty 8 0 6.9 .222 .333 .000 0.8 0.4 0.2 0.2 0.8
Steve Nash 15 15 40.7 .520 .389 .919 4.8 11.3 0.9 0.2 23.9
Bo Outlaw 1 0 2.0 .000 . . 0.0 1.0 1.0 .0 0.0
Quentin Richardson 15 15 37.6 .403 .390 .639 5.1 1.7 1.3 0.2 11.9
Paul Shirley 0 0 0.0 . . . 0.0 0.0 .0 .0 0.0
Amar'e Stoudemire 15 15 40.1 .539 .000 .781 10.7 1.2 0.7 2.0 29.9
Jake Voskuhl 0 0 0.0 . . . 0.0 0.0 .0 .0 0.0

Transactions

Trades

Free agents


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