2001–02 Phoenix Suns season
|2001–02 Phoenix Suns season|
|Head coach||Scott Skiles,
|General manager||Bryan Colangelo|
|Arena||America West Arena|
|Place||Division: 6th (Pacific)
Conference: 10th (Western)
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
The 2001–02 Phoenix Suns season was the 34th season for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association. The Suns would gain a new point guard in Stephon Marbury but the success of season's past were never found. Head coach Scott Skiles struggled to a 25–26 record before being replaced by Frank Johnson. The Suns finished the regular season at 36–46, missing the playoffs for the first time since 1988. All home games were played at America West Arena.
Before the season began, the Suns were involved in a trade with the New Jersey Nets, which included trading Jason Kidd and replacing him with Marbury. The new Suns point guard would lead the team in scoring at 20.4 points per game, becoming the first Suns player to average 20 or more a game since Kevin Johnson during the 1996–97 season. Shawn Marion increased his scoring as well, averaging 19.1 per game. Rodney Rogers and Tony Delk continued to provide the team with scoring off the bench before being traded to the Boston Celtics for rookie Joe Johnson midway through the season. Anfernee Hardaway returned to appear in 80 games, after being sidelined all but four games the season before, and added 12 points a game. Johnson, who earned All-Rookie Second Team honors, rounded out a team rich in talent at the guard position. Tom Gugliotta was again plagued by knee injury, starting in just half the season's games.
The season was a disappointment for an organization looking to build a new core of talent. For the first time since the 1987–88 season, the All-Star Game did not feature a Suns player. To complete the season on a low note, a franchise-record of 13 straight playoff appearances was snapped when the Suns failed to qualify for postseason play.
|2||51||Alton Ford||Forward||United States||Houston|
|Phoenix Suns roster|
|C||Jake Tsakalidis||Jake Voskuhl|
|PF||Bo Outlaw||Alton Ford||Tom Gugliotta|
|SF||Shawn Marion||Dan Majerle||John Wallace|
|SG||Joe Johnson||Penny Hardaway|
|PG||Stephon Marbury||Milt Palacio||Joe Crispin||Randy Brown|
|x-Los Angeles Lakers||58||24||.707||3||34–7||24–17||16–8|
|x-Portland Trail Blazers||49||33||.598||12||30–11||19–22||14–10|
|Los Angeles Clippers||39||43||.476||22||25–16||14–27||9–15|
|Golden State Warriors||21||61||.256||40||14–27||7–34||5–19|
|2||y-San Antonio Spurs||58||24||.707||3|
|3||x-Los Angeles Lakers||58||24||.707||3|
|6||x-Portland Trail Blazers||49||33||.598||12|
|9||Los Angeles Clippers||39||43||.476||22|
|14||Golden State Warriors||21||61||.256||40|
Awards and honors
- Shawn Marion was named Western Conference Player of the Month for March.
- Stephon Marbury was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played November 26 through December 2.
- Shawn Marion was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played March 25 through March 31.
|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|
|Vinny Del Negro||2||0||3.0||.250||.||.||0.0||1.0||.0||.0||1.0|
* - Stats with the Suns.
† - Minimum 300 field goals made.
^ - Minimum 55 three-pointers made.
# - Minimum 125 free throws made.
|July 18, 2001
||To Detroit Pistons----||To Phoenix Suns----|
|July 18, 2001
||To New Jersey Nets----||To Phoenix Suns----|
|October 29, 2001
||To Chicago Bulls----||To Phoenix Suns----|
|November 15, 2001
||To Orlando Magic----||To Phoenix Suns----|
|To Los Angeles Clippers----
|February 20, 2002
||To Boston Celtics----||To Phoenix Suns----|
|July 6, 2001||Charlie Bell||Undisclosed|
|July 19, 2001||Dan Majerle||Signed to 1-year contract for $1 million||Miami Heat|
|August 29, 2001||Daniel Santiago||Re-signed to 1-year contract for $465,850||Phoenix Suns|
|September 27, 2001||Chris Andersen||Undisclosed||Fayetteville Patriots (NBA DL)|
|September 27, 2001||Dan McClintock||Undisclosed||Denver Nuggets|
|September 27, 2001||Derek Hood||Undisclosed||Snaidero Udine (Italy)|
|September 27, 2001||Kendrick Johnson||Undisclosed|
|January 7, 2002||Joe Crispin||Signed for rest of season||Southern California Surf (ABA)|
|Date||Player||Reason Left||New Team|
|September 28, 2001||Johnny Newman||Waived||Dallas Mavericks|
|October 7, 2001||Chris Andersen||Waived||Denver Nuggets|
|October 9, 2001||Dan McClintock||Waived||Skipper Bologna|
|October 11, 2001||Kendrick Johnson||Waived|
|October 20, 2001||Derek Hood||Waived||Mobile Revelers (NBA DL)|
|December 11, 2001||Charlie Bell||Waived||Phoenix Eclipse (ABA)|
|January 7, 2002||Daniel Santiago||Waived||Lottomatica Roma (Italy)|