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The Suns are back and have their sights set high this upcoming season. This new look Phoenix team will attempt to make some noise in the Pacific division and bring home an NBA championship. Division rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Sacramento Kings will battle to prevent the Suns aspirations. Grab your Phoenix Suns tickets and head down to the Talking Stick Resort Arena and help lead your team to victory.
The Phoenix Suns have enjoyed a lot of success since their formation forty-nine years ago in 1968. So far, the team has qualified for the playoffs twenty-nine times and has also made a total of nine trips to the Western Conference Finals. However, their performances in recent years have not been up to the mark and this has got their fans a little concerned. In the 2017-18 season, the Suns finished fifth in the Pacific Division.
Greatest Moments in Phoenix Suns History
Let’s take a look at some of the greatest moments in Phoenix Suns history.
Making their first appearance in NBA Finals – After going through a rough stretch in their initial years, the Phoenix Suns made it to the postseason in the 1975-76 season. They defeated the Seattle SuperSonics 4-2 and the Golden State Warriors, 4-3, in the Conference Semifinals and the Conference Finals respectively. They then locked horns with the Boston Celtics for the NBA Championship. The Suns played quite well but unfortunately came up short and lost, 4-2.
Charles Barkley Shoots the Suns into the Western Conference Finals – During the 1992-93 season, the Phoenix Suns did everything right. In the Conference Semifinals, the team locked horns with the San Antonio Spurs.
On May 18, 1993 at the AT&T Center, the Suns and the Spurs locked horns in Game 6. These two teams went back and forth and tied the score, 100-100. It looked like the game would go into overtime but in the last eleven seconds of the fourth quarter, Charles Robinson did something unforgettable. He took an inbound pass from Frank Johnson and then launched himself in the air to take the shot. The ball went through the net before time expired. This gave them the 102-100 lead and the Suns went on to face the Seattle SuperSonics in the Conference Finals.
Arch Rivals of Phoenix Suns
Suns-Spurs Rivalry – The Phoenix Suns and the San Antonio Spurs became rivals when the two met in the First Round of the playoffs in 1992. The former swept that series which infuriated the Spurs. One year later, these two sides locked horns again but this time in the Conference Semifinals. The Spurs once again came up short against the Suns. Since then, both teams have played each other on eight occasions in the postseason. The Suns and the Spurs last collided at the Mexico City Arena on 14 January, 2017. That game was won by the former, 108-105.
Suns-Lakers Rivalry – The Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Lakers are division rivals as both teams are members of the league's Western Conference Pacific Division. This rivalry started in the 1980s. That decade, the Suns and the Lakers collided five times in the playoffs with the latter winning on every occasion. The Suns later took their revenge in the 1998-90 season when they defeated the Lakers in the Conference Semifinals, 4-1. In the 1992-93 campaign, the Suns once again eliminated the Lakers from the postseason which added fuel to their already heated rivalry.
Greatest Players in the History of Phoenix Suns
Kevin Johnson is at the top of the list of the Greatest Players in the History of Phoenix Suns. He joined the team in 1998 and remained on the roster till 2000. During his time with the Suns, he played in three NBA All-Star Games. He was also honored with the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 1991. In addition, the Phoenix Suns retired his number 7.
Connie Hawkins is another star who played for the Suns from 1969 to 1973. During these years, he impressed everyone with his great performances and was selected to play four NBA All-Star Games in 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1973. He was also a part of the All-NBA First Team in 1970. Moreover, to honor him, the Phoenix Suns retired his number 42.
Then there is, Walter Davis. He remained a part of the Phoenix Suns from 1977 to 1988. During this time, he was selected to play six NBA All-Star Games. Davis also received the NBA Rookie of the Year Award in 1978. In addition, he made it to the All-NBA Second Team twice in 1978 and 1979.
Other than these stars, players like, Gus Johnson, Dennis Johnson and Shaquille O’Neal were also a part of the Suns. All of them have been inducted into Phoenix Suns’ Hall of Fame.
Phoenix Suns Tickets
Things haven’t been going well for the Phoenix Suns over the past few years. The last time, they qualified for the postseason was in the 2010-11 season. Will this year turn out to be any different for the Suns? Find out by grabbing your Phoenix Suns tickets and watch the Suns turn tables this season at Talking Stick Resort Arena.
In the heart of the hopping entertainment district in downtown Phoenix, the Suns play in the Talking Stick Resort (formerly the US Airways Center). Opened in 1992, the arena has hosted two NBA All-Star Games, and tons of NCAA tournament games. This state of the art facility makes for a optimal location for a great night out in Phoenix.