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The 2007–08 Phoenix Suns season was their 40th season in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The season was seen as the end of the "Seven Seconds or Less" era, after four-time All-Star Shawn Marion was traded midseason to the Miami Heat for big man Shaquille O'Neal.[1] The Suns failed to advance past the first round of the playoffs for the first time since re-signing Steve Nash in 2004, losing to the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs in five games in the First Round, which led to the departure of head coach Mike D'Antoni.

2007–08 Phoenix Suns season
Head coachMike D'Antoni
General managerSteve Kerr
Owner(s)Robert Sarver
ArenaUS Airways Center
Results
Record55–27 (.671)
PlaceDivision: 2nd (Pacific)
Conference: 6th (Western)
Playoff finishFirst Round
(Lost to Spurs 1–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionFSN Arizona, KUTP
RadioKTAR
< 2006–07 2008–09 >
Players warming up prior to a January 2008 Suns road game versus the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Contents

OffseasonEdit

Forward Shawn Marion was set to earn $36 million over the next two seasons, putting the Suns over the salary cap next season and fueling speculations that he, one of the key Suns, may be traded during the offseason.

On June 6, former TNT analyst and NBA three-point specialist Steve Kerr was appointed Suns' General Manager and President of Basketball Operations. Kerr is close to team owner Robert Sarver and University of Arizona head men's basketball coach Lute Olson (Kerr's college coach); Kerr was also a part of the Sarver-led investment group that purchased the franchise from Jerry Colangelo.

On June 28, 2007, Spanish guard Rudy Fernández was taken 24th overall in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Suns, who subsequently traded the rights to the pick to the Portland Trail Blazers for cash. SF Alando Tucker of Wisconsin was taken with the 29th pick.

On July 5, 2007, the Suns came to an agreement with former Orlando Magic SF Grant Hill on a one-year $1.8 million deal with a player option for a second season at $2 million. In August 2007, Hill and his wife, R&B vocalist Tamia, purchased a home worth $3.78 million in the exclusive upscale community of Paradise Valley, adjacent to Scottsdale and home to several prominent local residents, including many star players for the Suns, Diamondbacks and the other local sports franchises.

On August 27, Maryland guard D. J. Strawberry (son of former Major League Baseball star Darryl Strawberry) signed a two-year contract with the Suns that included a guaranteed first year and a team option for the second season. Strawberry was drafted with the 59th selection in the second round of the 2007 NBA Draft; in the 2007 NBA Summer League he averaged a league-best 6.4 assists.

NBA draftEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College / Club
1 24 Rudy Fernández Guard   Spain DVK Joventut Badalona
1 29 Alando Tucker Forward   United States Wisconsin
2 59 D. J. Strawberry Guard   United States Maryland

SeasonEdit

The Suns won at least 50 games for the fourth straight season and faced the defending champion San Antonio Spurs in the playoffs for the third time in four years. Even with the presence of Shaquille O'Neal who was traded to the team just before the All-Star break for Shawn Marion, the Suns were yet again eliminated, this time in five games.[2] Just days after the loss Steve Kerr allowed Mike D'Antoni to pursue coaching positions elsewhere and he was subsequently signed as the head coach of the New York Knicks less than two weeks later.[3]

RosterEdit

Phoenix Suns roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB (Y-M-D) From
G 10   Barbosa, Leandro 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 202 lb (92 kg) 1982-11-28 Brazil
G 19   Bell, Raja 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1976-09-19 Florida International
F 3   Diaw, Boris 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1982-04-16 France
G/F 2   Giriček, Gordan 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1977-06-20 Croatia
F 33   Hill, Grant 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1972-10-05 Duke
F 43   Johnson, Linton 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1980-06-13 Tulane
F/C 4   Marks, Sean 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1975-08-23 California
G 13   Nash, Steve (C) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 178 lb (81 kg) 1974-02-07 Santa Clara
C 32   O'Neal, Shaquille 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 325 lb (147 kg) 1972-03-16 LSU
G/F 52   Piatkowski, Eric 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1970-09-30 Nebraska
F/C 54   Skinner, Brian 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 255 lb (116 kg) 1976-05-19 Baylor
F/C 1   Stoudemire, Amar'e 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 249 lb (113 kg) 1982-11-16 Cypress Creek HS
G 8   Strawberry, D. J. 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 201 lb (91 kg) 1985-06-15 Maryland
F 29   Tucker, Alando 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1984-02-11 Wisconsin
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 57 25 .695 30–11 27–14 12–4
x-Phoenix Suns 55 27 .671 2 30–11 25–16 10–6
Golden State Warriors 48 34 .585 9 27–14 21–20 10–6
Sacramento Kings 38 44 .463 19 26–15 12–29 3–13
Los Angeles Clippers 23 59 .284 34 13–28 10–31 5–11


Record vs. opponentsEdit

2007-08 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 0–3 2–2 2–2 1–2 1–1 1–1 0–4 1–1 0–2 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–2 2–0 1–3 0–2 4–0 2–2 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–2 1–1 2–2
Boston 3–0 3–1 4–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 3–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 4–0 4–0 2–0 4–0 1–1 4–0 1–2 3–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–1 0–3
Charlotte 2–2 1–3 1–3 1–3 0–2 1–1 0–3 1–1 0–2 3–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–2 2–0 1–3 0–2 1–2 1–3 1–2 0–2 2–0 0–2 0–2 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–3
Chicago 2–2 0–4 3–1 3–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 1–1 0–2 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–1 3–1 1–1 1–2 0–2 2–2 0–4 1–3 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–2 1–1 1–2
Cleveland 2–1 2–2 3–1 1–3 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–1 0–2 4–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 3–0 1–3 2–0 1–3 0–2 2–1 1–3 2–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 2–2
Dallas 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–2 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 4–0 1–3 4–0 2–0 1–1 3–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–1 2–2 2–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 2–2 0–2
Denver 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 0–2 3–1 2–2 1–1 3–1 0–3 4–0 2–0 1–1 4–0 2–0 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–1 2–2 3–1 2–0 1–3 2–0
Detroit 4–0 1–2 3–0 1–3 3–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 4–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 4–0 3–1 2–0 3–0 2–0 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 3–1 0–2 2–1
Golden State 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–3 0–2 2–2 1–1 3–1 2–2 4–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 2–2 3–1 2–1 2–1 2–0 0–3 2–0
Houston 2–0 0–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–3 2–2 1–1 2–2 2–0 3–0 2–1 3–1 1–1 2–0 3–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–2 4–0 2–2 2–2 4–0 1–1 1–2 2–0
Indiana 2–1 0–3 1–3 2–2 0–4 1–1 1–1 0–4 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 4–0 1–2 3–0 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 2–2
L.A. Clippers 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–4 1–3 0–2 1–3 0–3 1–1 0–4 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–0 0–4 2–0 0–2 0–2 1–3 0–3 3–1 0–3 2–1 1–1 1–3 0–2
L.A. Lakers 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 0–2 3–1 3–0 1–1 2–2 1–2 2–0 4–0 2–1 2–0 1–1 3–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–2 3–1 2–2 4–0 2–0 3–1 2–0
Memphis 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–4 0–4 0–2 0–4 1–3 1–1 1–3 1–2 2–0 0–2 2–2 2–0 0–4 2–0 1–1 0–2 0–3 0–3 2–2 1–3 3–1 0–2 0–3 1–1
Miami 1–3 0–4 1–3 1–2 0–3 0–2 0–2 0–4 0–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–2 1–1 1–2 0–2 1–3 0–4 0–3 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–4 1–1 0–4
Milwaukee 2–2 0–4 2–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 0–2 0–2 1–3 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 0–4 0–2 1–3 1–3 1–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–2 0–2 2–2
Minnesota 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–3 0–4 0–2 1–3 0–3 1–1 3–1 0–3 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–4 2–1 0–4 1–3 0–2 2–2 0–2
New Jersey 3–1 0–4 3–1 2–1 3–1 1–1 0–2 0–3 1–1 0–2 2–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–1 4–0 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–3 2–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–3 1–1 2–1
New Orleans 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–1 0–2 2–1 2–2 1–1 4–0 2–2 4–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 4–0 2–2 1–2 2–2 3–0 1–1 1–3 0–2
New York 0–4 0–4 2–1 2–2 1–2 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 0–4 0–2 0–2 0–2 3–1 3–1 1–1 3–1 0–2 1–3 1–3 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–3 1–1 2–1
Orlando 2–2 2–1 3–1 4–0 3–1 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 4–0 3–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 3–1 3–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–1 0–2 3–1
Philadelphia 1–3 1–3 2–1 3–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–2 2–0 0–3 2–0 0–2 2–0 3–0 2–1 1–1 2–2 0–2 3–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–3 0–2 2–2
Phoenix 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–2 2–2 0–2 2–2 2–2 2–0 3–1 1–3 3–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 2–0 0–4 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–0 4–0 3–1 4–0 2–0 1–2 2–0
Portland 2–0 0–2 0–2 2–0 0–2 2–2 2–2 1–1 2–2 0–4 0–2 3–0 2–2 3–0 2–0 2–0 4–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–3 1–3 0–3 2–2 1–1 3–1 1–1
Sacramento 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–2 1–2 2–0 1–3 2–2 1–1 1–3 1–3 2–2 1–1 2–0 1–2 2–0 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–4 3–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 2–2 0–2
San Antonio 2–0 0–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–2 0–2 1–2 2–2 2–0 3–0 2–2 3–1 2–0 2–0 4–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–3 3–0 3–1 2–1 1–1 2–2 2–0
Seattle 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–3 1–3 0–2 1–2 0–4 1–1 1–2 0–4 1–3 1–1 1–1 3–1 0–2 0–3 2–0 0–2 0–2 0–4 2–2 1–3 1–2 1–1 0–4 0–2
Toronto 2–1 1–3 2–2 2–1 1–3 1–1 0–2 1–3 0–2 1–1 3–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 4–0 2–1 2–0 3–1 1–1 3–1 1–2 3–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–3
Utah 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 3–1 2–0 3–0 2–1 1–1 3–1 1–3 3–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 3–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–1 1–3 2–2 2–2 4–0 2–0 2–0
Washington 2–2 3–0 3–1 2–1 2–2 2–0 0–2 1–2 0–2 0–2 2–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 4–0 2–2 2–0 1–2 2–0 1–2 1–3 2–2 0–2 1–1 2–0 0–2 2–0 3–1 0–2


Game logEdit

2007–08 game log

PlayoffsEdit

2008 playoff game log
2008 playoff schedule

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
Marcus Banks* 24 1 12.9 .404 .385 .750 0.8 1.0 .3 .3 5.2
Leandro Barbosa 82 12 29.5 .462 .389 .822 2.8 2.6 .9 .2 15.6
Raja Bell 75 75 35.3+ .421 .401 .868 3.7 2.2 .7 .4 11.9
Boris Diaw 82 19 28.1 .477 .317 .744 4.6 3.9 .7 .5 8.8
Gordan Giriček* 22 0 20.1 .497 .380 .941# 2.3 1.6 .4 .1 8.8
Grant Hill 70 68 31.7 .503 .317 .867 5.0 2.9 .9+ .8 13.1
Linton Johnson* 6 0 8.8 .500 .500^ . 2.2 0.5 .0 .2 2.5
Shawn Marion* 47 47 36.4+ .526 .347 .713 9.9+ 2.1 2.0+ 1.5 15.8
Sean Marks 19 0 6.8 .535 .250 .632 1.9 0.2 .2 .5 3.1
Steve Nash 81 81 34.3 .504 .470^ .906# 3.5 11.1 .7 .1 16.9
Shaquille O'Neal* 28 28 28.7 .611 . .513 10.6+ 1.7 .5 1.2 12.9
Eric Piatkowski 16 0 7.1 .364 .423 1.000# 0.8 0.6 .0 .1 2.4
Brian Skinner 66 0 12.8 .465 .667^ .524 3.6 0.2 .3 1.2 3.3
Amar'e Stoudemire 79 79 33.9 .590 .161 .805 9.1 1.5 .8 2.1 25.2
D. J. Strawberry 33 0 8.2 .315 .240 .474 0.8 0.9 .4 .2 2.2
Alando Tucker 6 0 8.0 .364 .250 .833 1.3 0.0 .0 .2 3.7
* – Stats with the Suns.


+ – Minimum 70 games played or 2000 minutes, 800 rebounds, 125 steals.


† – Minimum 300 field goals made.


^ – Minimum 55 three-pointers made.


# – Minimum 125 free throws made.

PlayoffsEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Leandro Barbosa 5 1 28.6 .345 .222 .909 4.0 1.8 .6 .0 10.4
Raja Bell 5 5 43.0 .568 .650 .813 5.6 2.2 .4 .2 13.6
Boris Diaw 5 2 35.6 .547 .000 .500 5.6 4.6 .6 .8 14.6
Gordan Giriček 5 0 16.0 .333 .250 1.000# 1.4 0.4 .4 .0 16.0
Grant Hill 3 2 22.7 .455 . 1.000# 5.3 1.0 .7 .3 3.7
Sean Marks 1 0 3.0 . . . 0.0 0.0 .0 .0 0.0
Steve Nash 5 5 36.6 .457 .300 .917# 2.8 7.8 .4 .2 16.2
Shaquille O'Neal 5 5 30.0 .440 . .500 9.2 1.0 1.0 2.6 15.2
Eric Piatkowski 1 0 2.0 . . . 0.0 0.0 .0 .0 0.0
Brian Skinner 4 0 5.3 .500 . .500 0.8 0.0 .0 .8 2.0
Amar'e Stoudemire 5 5 40.8 .485 .250 .633 9.0 0.4 1.4 2.4 23.2
D. J. Strawberry 1 0 5.0 .000 .000 . 1.0 0.0 .0 .0 0.0
# – Minimum 10 free throws made.

Awards and recordsEdit

RecordsEdit

MilestonesEdit

TransactionsEdit

The Suns were involved in the following transactions during the 2007–08 season.

TradesEdit

July 11, 2007 To Phoenix Suns----Cash considerations To Portland Trail Blazers----James Jones and draft rights to Rudy Fernández
July 20, 2007 To Phoenix Suns----Second round draft pick (2008) To Seattle SuperSonics----Kurt Thomas and 2 first round picks (2008, 2010)
February 6, 2008
To Phoenix Suns ----Shaquille O'Neal To Miami Heat ----Shawn Marion & Marcus Banks

Free agentsEdit

Player Former team
Grant Hill Orlando Magic
Gordan Giricek Philadelphia 76ers
Player New team
Pat Burke Golden State Warriors (was released and sent to Khimki BC)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Simmons: Farewell to the S.S.O.L." espn.go.com.
  2. ^ Spurs win Game 5 to win first-round series against Suns, Associated Press, April 30, 2008
  3. ^ D’Antoni accepts offer to become Knicks coach, Associated Press, May 10, 2008

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