1982–83 Phoenix Suns season

The 1982–83 Phoenix Suns season was the 15th season for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association. The Suns were in the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season, extending a then-franchise record. The Suns were eliminated in the first round two games to one by the Denver Nuggets, a team they had beaten by the same margin a year earlier. The Suns were led by head coach John MacLeod and played all home games in Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

1982–83 Phoenix Suns season
Head coachJohn MacLeod
General managerJerry Colangelo
OwnersRichard Bloch
ArenaArizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Results
Record53–29 (.646)
PlaceDivision: 2nd (Pacific)
Conference: 3rd (Western)
Playoff finishLost in first round to Denver (1–2)

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Walter Davis led the Suns in scoring with 19 points per game. Second-year player Larry Nance, who finished the season fourth in the NBA in blocks per game, was second in team scoring at 16.7, while fellow big man Maurice Lucas averaged a double-double with 16.5 points and 10.4 rebounds a contest. Lucas, a 30-year-old veteran who had played for four NBA teams and one ABA team before reaching the Suns, returned to his first All-Star Game after two seasons when he suited up with Phoenix. Point guard Dennis Johnson earned another spot on the NBA All-Defensive First Team.

OffseasonEdit

NBA DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 15 David Thirdkill Forward   United States Bradley
2 39 Kevin Magee Forward   United States UC Irvine
3 61 Charles Pittman Forward   United States Maryland
4 86 Rory White Forward   United States South Alabama
5 108 Marvin McCrary Guard   United States Missouri
6 130 Jake Bethany Center   United States Hardin–Simmons
7 155 Phil Ward Guard   United States North Carolina Charlotte
8 177 Rick Elrod Guard   United States Georgetown (KY)
9 199 Ken Lyles Forward   United States Washington
10 221 Dale Wilkinson Center   United States Idaho State

RosterEdit

Phoenix Suns roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB (Y-M-D) From
C 33   Adams, Alvan 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1954-07-19 Oklahoma
G 6   Davis, Walter 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 193 lb (88 kg) 1954-09-09 North Carolina
C 53   Edwards, James 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1955-11-22 Washington
G 11   High, Johnny 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1957-04-25 Nevada
G 24   Johnson, Dennis 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1954-09-18 Pepperdine
F/C 50   Kramer, Joel 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 203 lb (92 kg) 1955-11-30 San Diego State
F 20   Lucas, Maurice 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1952-02-18 Marquette
G 4   Macy, Kyle 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1957-04-09 Kentucky
F 22   Nance, Larry 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1959-02-12 Clemson
F 32   Pittman, Charles 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1958-03-23 Maryland
F 14   Scott, Alvin 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1955-09-14 Oral Roberts
F 40   Thirdkill, David 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1960-04-12 Bradley
F 7   White, Rory 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1959-08-16 South Alabama
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  •   Injured

Regular seasonEdit

StandingsEdit

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Los Angeles Lakers 58 24 .707 33–8 25–16 21–9
x-Phoenix Suns 53 29 .646 5 32–9 21–20 21–9
x-Seattle SuperSonics 48 34 .585 10 29–12 19–22 14–16
x-Portland Trail Blazers 46 36 .561 12 31–10 15–26 16–14
Golden State Warriors 30 52 .366 28 21–20 9–32 11–19
San Diego Clippers 25 57 .305 33 18–23 7–34 7–23
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Los Angeles Lakers 58 24 .707
2 y-San Antonio Spurs 53 29 .646 5
3 x-Phoenix Suns 53 29 .646 5
4 x-Seattle SuperSonics 48 34 .585 10
5 x-Portland Trail Blazers 46 36 .561 12
6 x-Denver Nuggets 45 37 .549 13
7 Kansas City Kings 45 37 .549 13
8 Dallas Mavericks 38 44 .463 20
9 Utah Jazz 30 52 .366 28
9 Golden State Warriors 30 52 .366 28
11 San Diego Clippers 25 57 .305 33
12 Houston Rockets 14 68 .171 44



Record vs. opponentsEdit

1982–83 NBA records
Team ATL BOS CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND KCK LAL MIL NJN NYK PHI PHO POR SAS SDC SEA UTA WAS
Atlanta 1–5 5–1 6–0 1–1 1–1 3–3 0–2 2–0 6–0 0–2 0–2 1–4 2–4 3–2 2–4 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 4–2
Boston 5–1 3–2 5–1 2–0 2–0 3–3 1–1 2–0 4–1 1–1 2–0 3–3 5–1 3–3 3–3 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–3
Chicago 1–5 2–3 5–1 1–1 1–1 2–4 2–0 1–1 4–2 0–2 0–2 1–5 2–4 1–4 1–5 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–5
Cleveland 0–6 1–5 1–5 2–0 0–2 1–5 2–0 2–0 5–1 1–1 0–2 1–5 0–6 1–5 0–5 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 3–2
Dallas 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 3–3 2–0 3–2 5–1 2–0 3–3 2–3 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–3 3–2 2–4 5–0 2–3 2–4 0–2
Denver 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 3–3 2–0 4–1 5–1 1–1 3–3 1–4 2–0 1–1 0–2 0–2 4–1 2–3 2–4 3–2 3–2 4–2 1–1
Detroit 3–3 3–3 4–2 5–1 0–2 0–2 2–0 2–0 4–2 0–2 0–2 3–3 3–2 1–5 0–6 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 3–2
Golden State 2–0 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–3 1–4 0–2 3–2 1–1 1–4 1–5 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–4 2–4 1–4 3–3 3–3 3–2 2–0
Houston 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–5 1–5 0–2 2–3 2–0 1–5 0–5 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–5 0–5 1–5 2–3 1–4 0–6 1–1
Indiana 0–6 1–4 2–4 1–5 0–2 1–1 2–4 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–5 0–6 3–3 1–4 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–5
Kansas City 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–3 3–3 2–0 4–1 5–1 1–1 1–4 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–4 2–3 3–3 4–1 1–4 4–2 2–0
Los Angeles 2–0 0–2 2–0 2–0 3–2 4–1 2–0 5–1 5–0 2–0 4–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–2 3–3 3–3 1–4 5–1 5–1 4–1 1–1
Milwaukee 4–1 3–3 5–1 5–1 2–0 0–2 3–3 1–1 2–0 5–1 1–1 0–2 3–2 4–2 1–5 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 0–2 2–0 3–2
New Jersey 4–2 1–5 4–2 6–0 2–0 1–1 2–3 2–0 1–1 6–0 1–1 1–1 2–3 4–2 3–3 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–2
New York 2–3 3–3 4–1 5–1 2–0 2–0 5–1 1–1 2–0 3–3 1–1 0–2 2–4 2–4 1–5 0–2 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 4–2
Philadelphia 4–2 3–3 5–1 5–0 2–0 2–0 6–0 2–0 2–0 4–1 2–0 2–0 5–1 3–3 5–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 4–2
Phoenix 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 3–2 1–4 1–1 4–2 5–0 1–1 4–1 3–3 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 5–1 3–2 4–2 5–1 5–0 0–2
Portland 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–3 3–2 1–1 4–2 5–0 2–0 3–2 3–3 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–5 2–3 5–1 3–3 3–2 1–1
San Antonio 2–0 0–2 2–0 2–0 4–2 4–2 1–1 4–1 5–1 2–0 3–3 4–1 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–3 3–2 4–1 1–4 5–1 2–0
San Diego 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–5 2–3 1–1 3–3 3–2 1–1 1–4 1–5 0–2 1–1 2–0 0–2 2–4 1–5 1–4 0–6 2–3 0–2
Seattle 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–2 2–3 2–0 3–3 4–1 1–1 4–1 1–5 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–5 3–3 4–1 6–0 5–0 1–1
Utah 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–0 4–2 2–4 2–0 2–3 6–0 0–2 2–4 1–4 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–5 2–3 1–5 3–2 0–5 0–2
Washington 2–4 3–3 5–1 2–3 2–0 1–1 2–3 0–2 1–1 5–1 0–2 1–1 3–3 3–3 2–4 2–4 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 2–0

PlayoffsEdit

Game logEdit

1983 playoff game log
1983 playoff schedule

Awards and honorsEdit

All-StarEdit

  • Maurice Lucas was voted as a starter for the Western Conference in the All-Star Game. Lucas finished first in voting among Western Conference forwards with 431,288 votes. It was his fifth All-Star selection.
  • The other Suns player receiving All-Star votes was Dennis Johnson (306,470).

SeasonEdit

Player statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

SeasonEdit

NBA roster statistics
Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Alvan Adams 80 75 30.6 .486 .333 .829 6.9 4.7 1.4 .9 14.2
Jeff Cook* 45 2 12.2 .430 .000 .759 2.9 1.3 .3 .3 3.6
Walter Davis 80 79 31.1 .516 .304 .818 2.5 5.0 1.5 .2 19.0
James Edwards* 16 1 17.8 .487 . .660 3.7 1.7 .3 .3 8.8
Johnny High 82 2 14.1 .461 .200 .463 1.8 1.9 1.0 .4 3.2
Dennis Johnson 77 74 33.1 .462 .161 .791 4.4 5.0 1.3 .5 14.2
Joel Kramer 54 4 8.5 .423 .000 .875^ 1.6 0.7 .3 .1 1.9
Maurice Lucas 77 71 33.6 .474 .333 .781 10.4 2.8 .7 .6 16.5
Kyle Macy 82 9 22.4 .517 .303 .872^ 2.0 3.4 .8 .1 9.9
Larry Nance 82 82 35.5 .550 .333 .672 8.7 2.4 1.2 2.6 16.7
Charles Pittman 28 0 6.1 .475 .000 .676 1.1 0.3 .1 .3 2.3
Alvin Scott 81 9 14.1 .479 .000 .736 2.8 1.2 .6 .4 4.1
David Thirdkill 49 2 10.6 .435 .143 .577 1.5 0.7 .4 .1 4.0
Rory White 65 0 9.6 .543 .000 .642 1.6 0.5 .2 .0 5.0

* – Stats with the Suns.
^ – Minimum 125 free throws made.

PlayoffsEdit

NBA roster statistics
Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Alvan Adams 3 3 28.0 .469 . .714 6.0 4.7 .7 1.7 11.7
Walter Davis 3 3 37.7 .435 .500 .810 5.0 4.3 2.0 1.7 26.0
James Edwards 3 0 18.0 .423 . 1.000 6.0 1.3 .3 .3 9.3
Johnny High 3 0 15.0 .455 .000 .000 3.3 2.0 1.0 .3 3.3
Dennis Johnson 3 3 36.0 .458 .000 .833 7.7 5.7 1.7 .7 18.0
Joel Kramer 2 0 3.0 .000 . . 0.0 0.0 .0 .0 0.0
Maurice Lucas 2 2 28.5 .571 . .500 6.0 4.0 1.5 .0 13.0
Kyle Macy 3 0 24.0 .429 .000 .714 2.7 3.0 .3 .0 11.7
Larry Nance 3 3 34.3 .400 . .800 8.3 1.0 1.0 2.0 12.0
Charles Pittman 1 0 1.0 . . . 0.0 0.0 .0 .0 0.0
Alvin Scott 3 1 20.7 .462 . 1.000 4.0 1.7 .7 1.7 4.7
Rory White 3 0 13.3 .500 .000 .500 3.3 0.0 .0 .0 5.3

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

June 21, 1982
To Denver Nuggets---- To Phoenix Suns----
July 7, 1982
To New York Knicks---- To Phoenix Suns----
February 7, 1983---- To Cleveland Cavaliers---- To Phoenix Suns----

Free agentsEdit

AdditionsEdit

Date Player Contract Old Team
May 17, 1982 Art Housey Undisclosed
July 7, 1982 Johnny High Undisclosed Phoenix Suns
February 7, 1983 Charles Pittman Undisclosed Phoenix Suns

SubtractionsEdit

Date Player Reason Left New Team
July 1, 1982 Dudley Bradley Waived Chicago Bulls
October 21, 1982 Art Housey Waived
October 28, 1982 Charles Pittman Waived Phoenix Suns
December 21, 1982 Craig Dykema Waived

ReferencesEdit