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2005–06 Phoenix Suns season

The 2005–06 Phoenix Suns season was the 38th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Suns were led by head coach Mike D'Antoni, posting a 54–28 record, second best in the Western Conference. All home games were played at the former America West Arena, which changed its name to US Airways Center in January 2006.

The Suns looked to improve on their league best 62–20 record and a trip to the Western Conference Finals in the 2004–05 season. The Suns suffered a major setback before the season, when All-Star Amar'e Stoudemire underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee. Stoudemire would return for just 3 games, before undergoing another surgery on his right knee. The team was led by defending MVP Steve Nash and All-Star Shawn Marion. Marion would lead the team in points (21.8), rebounds (11.8), steals (2.0) and blocks (1.7) per game. Nash would lead the league in assists with 10.5 a game, while posting a career high 18.8 points a game, earning his second consecutive MVP award.

With injuries to Stoudemire and backup forward/center Kurt Thomas, the Suns looked to second year forward Boris Diaw to fill in the middle. Listed in the Suns media guide as a guard before the season, the 6'8" Diaw would start at small forward, power forward and center throughout the season, posting 13 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and a block a game, earning Most Improved Player honors.

In the first round of the playoffs, the Suns fell into a 1–3 hole against their longtime rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers. They would become just the eighth team in NBA history to recover from a 3–1 deficit, winning the final three games of the series to advance to the Semifinals. They would defeat the Lakers' Staples Center co-tenants, the Los Angeles Clippers, in another hard-fought seven-game series. The Suns eventually fell in the Conference Finals to the Dallas Mavericks in six games.[1]

Offseason

NBA Draft

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 21 Nate Robinson Guard  United States Washington
2 57 Marcin Gortat Center  Poland

Roster

Depth chart

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Boris Diaw Pat Burke Kurt Thomas Injured Amar'e Stoudemire Injured
PF Shawn Marion Brian Grant Nikoloz Tskitishvili
SF Tim Thomas James Jones
SG Raja Bell Leandro Barbosa Dijon Thompson Injured
PG Steve Nash Eddie House

Regular season

Standings

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Phoenix Suns 54 28 .659 - 31–10 23–18 10–6
x-Los Angeles Clippers 47 35 .573 7 27–14 20–21 7–9
x-Los Angeles Lakers 45 37 .549 9 27–14 18–23 9–7
x-Sacramento Kings 44 38 .537 10 27–14 17–24 10–6
Golden State Warriors 34 48 .415 20 21–20 13–28 4–12


Playoffs

Game log

Awards and honors

Week/Month

  • Shawn Marion was named Western Conference Player of the Month for February.
  • Steve Nash was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played November 21 through November 27.
  • Shawn Marion was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played December 26 through January 1.
  • Steve Nash was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played January 2 through January 8.

All-Star

Season

Player statistics

Season

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Leandro Barbosa 57 11 27.9 .481 .444 .755 2.6 2.8 .8 .1 13.1
Andre Barrett* 2 0 10.5 .429 .000 1.000^ 1.5 1.0 .0 .0 4.5
Raja Bell 79 79 37.5 .457 .442 .788 3.2 2.6 1.0 .3 14.7
Pat Burke 42 0 8.2 .496 .286 .619 1.7 0.4 .1 .3 3.4
Josh Davis* 1 0 5.0 .333 .000 .667 1.0 0.0 1.0 .0 4.0
Boris Diaw 81 70 35.5 .526 .267 .731 6.9 6.2 .7 1.0 13.3
Sharrod Ford 3 0 4.3 .667 . . 1.0 0.0 .0 .3 1.3
Brian Grant 21 2 11.8 .415 . .875 2.7 0.3 .2 .1 2.9
Eddie House 81 0 17.5 .422 .389 .805 1.6 1.8 .5 .1 9.8
Jim Jackson* 27 1 15.6 .295 .222 .692 2.4 1.1 .4 .2 3.7
James Jones 75 24 23.6 .418 .386 .851 3.4 0.8 .5 .7 9.3
Shawn Marion 81 81 40.3 .525 .331 .809 11.8 1.8 2.0 1.7 21.8
Steve Nash 79 79 35.4 .512 .439 .921^ 4.2 10.5 .8 .2 18.8
Amar'e Stoudemire 3 3 16.7 .333 .000 .889 5.3 0.7 .3 1.0 8.7
Kurt Thomas 53 50 26.6 .486 . .815 7.8 1.1 .4 1.0 8.6
Tim Thomas* 26 10 24.4 .435 .429 .667 4.9 0.7 .6 .2 11.0
Dijon Thompson 10 0 4.3 .440 .364 1.000^ 1.1 0.1 .3 .1 2.8
Nikoloz Tskitishvili* 12 0 7.2 .364 .333 .667 1.7 0.3 .1 .2 2.8

* - Stats with the Suns.
† - Minimum 300 field goals made.
^ - Minimum 125 free throws made.

Playoffs

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Leandro Barbosa 20 3 31.6 .470 .391 .862 1.6 2.7 .8 .2 14.2
Raja Bell 17 17 39.6 .479 .465^ .829 2.8 2.2 .6 .2 13.6
Pat Burke 3 0 2.3 .500 .500^ .000 1.0 0.0 .0 .3 1.7
Boris Diaw 20 20 39.8 .526 .429 .761 6.7 5.2 .9 1.1 18.7
Brian Grant 5 0 2.4 .333 . .000 0.4 0.0 .0 .0 0.4
Eddie House 14 0 9.3 .365 .214 .750 0.6 0.4 .1 .1 3.1
James Jones 20 6 17.7 .341 .308 .846 3.6 0.3 .3 .9 4.3
Shawn Marion 20 20 42.5 .489 .314 .881 11.7 1.6 1.9 1.2 20.4
Steve Nash 20 20 39.9 .502 .368 .912 3.7 10.2 .4 .3 20.4
Kurt Thomas 1 0 6.0 . . .500 1.0 0.0 .0 .0 1.0
Tim Thomas 20 14 31.8 .491 .444 .776 6.3 1.3 .9 .4 15.1
Nikoloz Tskitishvili 4 0 2.0 .000 .000 .500 0.3 0.5 .0 .0 0.3

^ - Minimum 5 three-pointers made.

References

  1. ^ 2005-06 Phoenix Suns
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