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The 2002–03 NBA season was the 35th season for the Phoenix Suns in the National Basketball Association.[1] Frank Johnson returned as head coach, posting eight additional wins from the previous season to finish at 44–38. The Suns returned to the playoffs after snapping a streak of 13 seasons in a row the year before, a franchise record, and were supplanted by the play of rookie high school draft pick Amar'e Stoudemire. America West Arena hosted Suns home games.

2002–03 Phoenix Suns season
Head coachFrank Johnson
General managerBryan Colangelo
Owner(s)Jerry Colangelo
ArenaAmerica West Arena
Results
Record44–38 (.537)
PlaceDivision: 4th (Pacific)
Conference: 8th (Western)
Playoff finishLost in first round to San Antonio (2–4)

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Point guard Stephon Marbury and forward Shawn Marion provided a pair of 20–20 scorers, with Marbury leading the team at 22.3 points per game. The versatile Marion finished the season third in the league in minutes played, behind Allen Iverson and Kobe Bryant, and third in steals per game while Marbury finished fourth in the NBA in assists per game. The 20-year-old Stoudemire was drafted to balance out a team that had been deep at the guard position in years past, averaging 13.5 points as a power forward per game and grabbing nearly nine rebounds per game (although Marion again was tops with 9.5). Marion would earn a trip to the All-Star Game along with Marbury, who ended the season a member of the All-NBA Third Team.

The Suns earned the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot and were matched against the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs. The Suns won Game 1 on the road, 96–95, but lost the series to the eventual league champions, four games to two.

In Stoudemire, who earned NBA All-Rookie First Team honors and became the first high school draft pick to become NBA Rookie of the Year, the Suns had drafted an athletic big man to join the equally athletic Marion for the coming seasons.

Contents

OffseasonEdit

NBA DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College / Club Team
1 9 Amar'e Stoudemire Forward   United States
1 22 Casey Jacobsen Guard   United States Stanford

RosterEdit

Phoenix Suns roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB (Y-M-D) From
G 0   Brown, Randy   6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1968–05–22 New Mexico State
F 4   Ford, Alton   6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 275 lb (125 kg) 1981–05–29 Houston
F 24   Gugliotta, Tom 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1969–12–19 North Carolina State
G 1   Hardaway, Anfernee 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1971–07–18 Memphis
G/F 23   Jacobsen, Casey 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1981–03–19 Stanford
G 2   Johnson, Joe 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1981–06–29 Arkansas
F 14   Langhi, Dan 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1977–11–28 Vanderbilt
G 3   Marbury, Stephon (C) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1977–02–20 Georgia Tech
F 31   Marion, Shawn (C) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1978–05–07 UNLV
F 45   Outlaw, Charles 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1971–04–13 Houston
F/C 32   Stoudemire, Amar'e (C) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1982–11–16 Cypress Creek HS (FL)
C 25   Tsakalidis, Jake 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 285 lb (129 kg) 1979–06–10 Georgia (country)
C 43   Voskuhl, Jake 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1977–11–01 Connecticut
C 47   Williams, Scott 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1968–03–21 North Carolina
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

NoteEdit

Bold = All-Star selection

Regular seasonEdit

StandingsEdit

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Sacramento Kings 59 23 .720 35–6 24–17 17–7
x-Los Angeles Lakers 50 32 .610 9 31–10 19–22 15–9
x-Portland Trail Blazers 50 32 .610 9 27–14 23–18 15–9
x-Phoenix Suns 44 38 .537 15 30–11 14–27 12–12
Seattle SuperSonics 40 42 .488 19 25–16 15–26 11–13
Golden State Warriors 38 44 .463 21 24–17 14–27 8–16
Los Angeles Clippers 27 55 .329 32 16–25 11–30 6–18
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-San Antonio Spurs 60 22 .732
2 y-Sacramento Kings 59 23 .720 1
3 x-Dallas Mavericks 60 22 .732
4 x-Minnesota Timberwolves 51 31 .622 9
5 x-Los Angeles Lakers 50 32 .610 10
6 x-Portland Trail Blazers 50 32 .610 10
7 x-Utah Jazz 47 35 .573 13
8 x-Phoenix Suns 44 38 .537 16
9 Houston Rockets 43 39 .524 17
10 Seattle SuperSonics 40 42 .488 20
11 Golden State Warriors 38 44 .463 22
12 Memphis Grizzlies 28 54 .341 32
13 Los Angeles Clippers 27 55 .329 33
14 Denver Nuggets 17 65 .207 43


Record vs. opponentsEdit

2002-03 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS 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 0–3 2–2 4–0 0–2 2–0 1–3 0–2 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–2 0–2 1–3 2–2 1–3 2–1 3–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 2–2
Boston 3–0 2–2 4–0 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–2 2–0 1–3 3–1 4–0 3–2 2–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–2 1–1 1–3
Chicago 2–2 2–2 3–1 0–2 1–1 0–4 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–2 2–2 0–2 2–2 1–3 2–1 1–3 1–3 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–2 1–1 1–3
Cleveland 0–4 0–4 1–3 0–2 1–1 0–4 1–1 1–1 0–4 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–2 0–4 0–2 2–2 1–3 1–2 0–4 0–4 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 3–1 1–1 0–4
Dallas 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 4–0 2–0 4–0 4–0 1–1 4–0 1–3 4–0 2–0 0–2 2–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 2–2 1–3 2–2 2–2 2–0 2–2 2–0
Denver 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–4 0–2 0–4 0–4 1–1 1–3 0–4 2–2 2–0 1–1 0–4 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–3 2–2 0–4 1–3 1–3 1–1 0–4 1–1
Detroit 3–1 2–2 4–0 4–0 0–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 1–3 1–1 2–1 2–2 2–2 2–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 2–0 3–1
Golden State 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–4 4–0 1–1 1–3 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 0–4 0–4 1–3 2–2 2–0 2–2 2–0
Houston 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–4 4–0 0–2 3–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–3 2–2 1–3 2–2 2–0 1–3 1–1
Indiana 2–2 2–2 2–2 4–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 4–0 3–1 2–0 1–2 3–1 3–1 2–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–0 3–1 1–1 2–2
L.A. Clippers 0–2 0–2 2–0 0–2 0–4 3–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 0–4 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–3 1–3 1–3 1–3 1–1 1–3 0–2
L.A. Lakers 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 4–0 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–0 4–0 4–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 0–4 2–2 2–0 3–1 1–1
Memphis 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 0–4 2–2 0–2 2–2 1–3 1–1 2–2 0–4 2–0 2–0 0–4 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–3 1–3 0–4 1–3 1–3 1–1 1–3 1–1
Miami 3–1 2–2 2–1 2–1 0–2 0–2 1–3 1–1 1–1 0–4 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–1 0–4 0–4 2–2 0–4 0–4 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 4–0 0–2 1–3
Milwaukee 2–2 2–1 2–2 4–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 1–1 1–3 1–1 0–2 0–2 3–1 0–2 2–2 2–2 3–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 2–0 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–2 0–2 2–1
Minnesota 2–0 0–2 2–0 2–0 2–2 4–0 1–1 3–1 2–2 0–2 3–1 2–2 4–0 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–3 2–0
New Jersey 3–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 2–0 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 4–0 2–2 2–0 2–2 3–1 2–2 1–3 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 4–0 0–2 3–1
New Orleans 2–2 1–3 3–1 3–1 0–2 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–0 2–2 1–1 2–2 3–1 1–3 2–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 4–0 2–0 2–1
New York 3–1 0–4 1–2 2–1 0–2 2–0 2–2 0–2 2–0 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–3 0–2 1–3 1–3 2–2 2–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 2–2
Orlando 1–2 2–3 3–1 4–0 1–1 2–0 1–2 1–1 0–2 1–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 4–0 2–2 1–1 2–2 3–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–2
Philadelphia 1–3 2–2 3–1 4–0 0–2 2–0 2–2 0–2 0–2 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 4–0 2–2 1–1 3–1 1–2 2–2 2–2 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–0 1–1 4–0
Phoenix 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–1 2–2 1–3 1–1 3–1 1–3 3–1 0–2 2–0 1–3 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–2 3–1 1–3 1–1 1–3 1–1
Portland 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 2–2 2–0 4–0 3–1 2–0 3–1 2–2 3–1 2–0 0–2 1–3 0–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 0–2 1–3 1–3 2–2 4–0 2–0 1–3 1–1
Sacramento 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 4–0 1–1 4–0 2–2 2–0 3–1 2–2 4–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 3–1 2–0
San Antonio 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 3–1 2–0 3–1 3–1 2–0 3–1 4–0 3–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–3 2–2 3–1 3–1 2–0 4–0 1–1
Seattle 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 2–2 3–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 3–1 2–2 3–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 0–4 1–3 1–3 2–0 2–2 1–1
Toronto 3–1 2–1 2–2 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–3 0–2 0–2 1–3 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–4 2–2 1–1 0–4 0–4 1–3 2–2 0–3 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 3–1
Utah 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 4–0 0–2 2–2 3–1 1–1 3–1 1–3 3–1 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–3 0–4 2–2 2–0 1–1
Washington 2–2 3–1 3–1 4–0 0–2 1–1 1–3 0–2 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–2 0–2 1–3 1–2 2–2 2–2 0–4 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1

PlayoffsEdit

Game logEdit

2003 playoff game log
2003 playoff schedule

Awards and honorsEdit

Week/MonthEdit

  • Amar'e Stoudemire was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month for January.
  • Amar'e Stoudemire was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month for April.
  • Frank Johnson was named Western Conference Coach of the Month for December.
  • Stephon Marbury was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played November 24 through November 30.
  • Stephon Marbury was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played January 5 through January 11.
  • Shawn Marion was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played April 7 through April 13.

All-StarEdit

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

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Randy Brown 32 0 8.2 .372 . .750 0.8 1.1 .5 .1 1.3
Alton Ford 11 0 2.8 .333 . .333 0.5 0.1 .0 .0 0.6
Tom Gugliotta 27 11 16.6 .455 .000 1.000^ 3.7 1.1 .5 .2 4.8
Penny Hardaway 58 51 30.6 .447 .356 .794 4.4 4.1 1.1 .4 10.6
Casey Jacobsen 72 0 15.9 .373 .315 .686 1.2 1.0 .5 .1 5.1
Joe Johnson 82 34 27.5 .397 .366 .774 3.2 2.6 .8 .2 9.8
Dan Langhi 60 0 9.0 .401 .290 .600 1.5 0.4 .3 .1 3.1
Stephon Marbury 81 81 40.0 .439 .301 .803 3.2 8.1 1.3 .2 22.3
Shawn Marion 81 81 41.6 .452 .387 .851^ 9.5 2.4 2.3 1.2 21.2
Bo Outlaw 80 20 22.5 .550 .000 .621 4.6 1.4 .6 .9 4.7
Amar'e Stoudemire 82 71 31.3 .472 .200 .661 8.8 1.0 .8 1.1 13.5
Jake Tsakalidis 33 27 16.5 .452 . .672 3.7 0.4 .2 .5 4.9
Jake Voskuhl 65 1 14.6 .564 . .667 3.5 0.6 .3 .4 3.8
Scott Williams 69 33 12.6 .411 .000 .786 2.8 0.3 .4 .3 4.0

† – Minimum 300 field goals made.
^ – Minimum 125 free throws made.

PlayoffsEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Tom Gugliotta 2 0 5.0 .500 . .500 1.0 0.0 .0 .0 2.5
Penny Hardaway 6 6 40.7 .386 .360^ .722 6.0 4.3 2.2 .8 12.7
Casey Jacobsen 6 0 6.5 .200 .400^ .000 0.5 0.3 .5 .0 1.0
Joe Johnson 6 0 27.3 .275 .154 .400 4.3 1.3 .7 .3 5.3
Stephon Marbury 6 6 45.2 .375 .227 .758 4.0 5.7 1.2 .0 22.0
Shawn Marion 6 6 47.2 .374 .321 .846 11.7 2.0 1.8 1.8 18.5
Bo Outlaw 6 0 11.7 .100 . .500 2.2 0.8 .2 .2 0.7
Amar'e Stoudemire 6 6 33.8 .523 1.000^ .571 7.8 1.2 1.7 1.5 14.2
Jake Voskuhl 6 0 16.3 .706 . .923# 3.7 0.3 .7 .7 6.0
Scott Williams 6 6 13.8 .344 . 1.000# 2.5 0.2 .7 .5 4.0

† – Minimum 20 field goals made.
^ – Minimum 5 three-pointers made.
# – Minimum 10 free throws made.

ReferencesEdit

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