The Phoenix Suns were founded as part of the NBA in 1968 and have always been
located in Phoenix, Arizona. The team has had a relatively successful history, with
six division titles and two conference titles to their name. However, that elusive NBA
title has yet to be seen by those who buy Phoenix Suns tickets on a regular basis.
They came very close in 1976 and 1993, but it was just not meant to be. Those who
buy Phoenix Suns tickets will be hoping that the coming seasons bring a surprise NBA
title to the Phoenix area.
The Suns have had some of the NBA's top players ply their trade with the team.
Kevin Johnson, Charles Barkley, Steve Nash and Amar'e Stoudemire have all been
important players for the Suns in their history. The most recent era of Nash and
Stoudemire almost brought that NBA title when they went into the 2005 playoffs.
However, they simply could not overcome a superior LA Lakers team. Many felt
the winner would have gone on to the title (as the Lakers did), but it was not to be
for the Suns once again. However, their fans bought Phoenix Suns tickets in high
numbers that season and witnessed some wonderful basketball.
In the past couple of months, things have gone on a bit of a downer for the Suns.
After spending almost ten years with the team, Steve Nash has been traded to their
bitter rivals the Los Angeles Lakers. Nash requested the trade for two reasons. He
wanted to be closer to his family and he wanted one last opportunity to challenge
for that ring he could never win with the Suns. Most Phoenix Suns tickets holders will
forgive Nash after all the service he has given them.
11-28-13: You know who is really fun to watch? The Suns. And Goran Dragic. And Eric Bledsoe. FUN! The Phoenix Suns have won three of their last four games – all without Bledsoe who has missed five straight- to improve to 8-7 on the year. The Suns beat a very good Portland Trail Blazers team on Wednesday night 120-106 behind 31 points and 10 assists from Goran Dragic and 25 points from the rejuvenated Channing Frye. The Suns may not be able to sustain the winning over the course of the long season, but once Bledsoe returns and he teams up with Dragic in the backcourt, it will certainly remain fun to watch.
11-22-13: The early season darlings of the Western Conference are sliding back to reality. After starting the year 5-2, mostly behind the dynamic play of Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix has lost four straight games – including two straight to the Sacramento Kings. Bledsoe has missed the last two games with a bruised shin and the Suns have also missed Goran Dragic for several games this year. First round pick Alex Len has also been able to play just 31 minutes so far this year. The 5-6 record is appropriate for the roster put forth, but Eric Bledsoe is doing everything in his power to reverse that.
11-15-13: Eric Bledsoe has taken over in Phoenix as the leading scorer and assist man, helping turn what many thought was a sure loser into a competitive 5-3 ball club. The Suns endured some time without Goran Dragic, but has played solid basketball of late, with their lone week three loss coming to the Portland Trail Blazers by just one point.
11-8-13: The Suns are in full-blown rebuilding mode. At least, that’s what everyone thought. Instead of lying down for their opponents due to youth and inexperience, newly added guard Eric Bledsoe has been everything he’s been hyped up to be, and no name players have stepped up during a 3-2 start for Phoenix. It may not last, but with close losses to tough teams like the Thunder and Spurs, there is already a ton of optimism for the Suns in 2013.
11-1-13: The Suns were active this past offseason as they brought in a new head coach in addition to many fresh faces on the court. Former Suns guard and Jazz assistant Jeff Hornacek is now coaching Phoenix with a relatively new roster. They acquired Eric Bledsoe, Gerald Green and Miles Plumlee among others in the last few months. Soon after the preseason, the Suns exercised their 2014-15 options on Plumlee as well as on Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris. Bledsoe, who is starting at shooting guard, gave Suns fans a reason to cheer during the preseason and he will look to bring the same type of scoring and intensity to the regular season.
10-26-13: The Suns traded center Marcin Gortat, Shannon Brown, Malcolm Lee and Kendall Marshall to the Wizards for big Emeka Okafor and a protected 2014 first-round draft pick.
10-18-13: The Phoenix Suns are 3-2 so far this preseason, starting off with three wins, but losing the last two. Goran Dragic has been the Suns’ leading scorer throughout the preseason with a 12.6 points per game average. New addition Eric Bledsoe is leading the team in assists with 5.4. Bledsoe also has the game high in points with 22 in the preseason opener against Maccabi Haifa. Rookie center Alex Len had nine rebounds in Phoenix’s 106-99 win against the San Antonio Spurs for the third win of the preseason. The Suns have two preseason games remaining:
- Oct 22 vs Oklahoma City
- Oct 23 at Denver
8-29-13: The Suns and Bucks have agreed on a deal that will send Caron Butler to the Milwaukee Bucks for Ish Smith and Slava Kravtsov.
8-23-13: With new management on board, the Phoenix Suns seem to have finally established a plan for themselves and our on their way to a positive rebuild. The key offseason move for the Suns was the acquisition of young guard Eric Bledsoe who came over along with Caron Butler from the Los Angeles Clippers. With the fifth overall pick in this year’s draft, Phoenix selected the 7’1” Alex Len out of the University of Maryland (via Ukraine) and with the 29th overall pick they selected Archie Goodwin out of the University of Kentucky. New General Manager Ryan McDonough and new Head Coach Jeff Hornacek have their work cut out for them, but the talent level is without a doubt increasing in Phoenix.
The Suns will open their home season schedule on October 30th against the Portland Trail Blazers. Steve Nash and his Los Angeles Lakers will return to Phoenix on Monday, December 23rd and again on Wednesday, January 15th. The Los Angeles Clippers will make their trips into Phoenix on Tuesday, March 4th and Wednesday, April 2nd. The Miami Heat will make just one appearance in Arizona on Tuesday, February 11th.
Key Home Games:
- October 30th – Portland Trail Blazers
- November 15th – Brooklyn Nets
- December 23rd – Los Angeles Lakers
- February 4th – Chicago Bulls
- February 11th – Miami Heat
7-27-13: The Suns are on the verge of trading center Luis Scola to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for swingman Gerald Green and future draft considerations.
7-1-13: The fifth overall pick in the NBA draft went to the Phoenix Suns and they selected Alex Len out of Maryland. Len is a shot blocking seven footer who can score with his back to the basket. Last year at Maryland the Ukrainian shot 53% from the field While also grabbing eight rebounds per game. At 7-1 and 255 pounds Len already has an NBA body. It will be interesting to see how his scoring ability Translates to the NBA game. Len Was projected high in this year's NBA draft so his position at fifth overall is no surprise. The Suns are also in rebuilding mode and will likely part ways with current center Marcin Gortat. Finishing dead last in the Western Conference certainly affected the Phoenix Suns average ticket prices for home games. Last year at 25 – 57 the Suns average ticket prices for home games was $95. Unless the Suns can improve in the win column expect ticket prices to remain the same or go down. It's Len pans out to be a force at center Suns could improve quickly but that is no guarantee.
Suns 2013 Draft Summary
Round 1, Pick 5: C Alex Len, Maryland. Round 1, Pick 29: PG Archie Goodwin, Kentucky (from OKC via Golden State). Round 2, Pick 27: F Alex Oriakhi, Missouri.
6-12-13: The Suns have fully entered rebuilding mode and the standing show it. Winning only 25 games this year, it was their worst winning output since before the Steve Nash era began. The Suns will select 5th overall in the draft but will also have to attend to their free agent center Marcin Gortat. Gortat was a key piece to the team’s offense and when he went down with an injury, it only made matters worse. Goran Dragic is a strong young point guard with a lot of potential. With added help the Suns can begin to rise once again in the near future.
11-26-12: The departure of Steve Nash hasn’t seemed to slow down the pace of the Phoenix Suns. At 6-8 they are still scoring over 100 points per game but also continue to have struggled defensively. The Suns give up a league worst 103 points per game. In order for them to climb the standing, this will have to change.