March 3, 2016
In one of the most important offseasons in Suns history, the team selected Alvan Adams with the 4th overall pick in the NBA Draft and acquired Paul Westphal from Boston in exchange for Charlie Scott.
Westphal, with Colangelo, signs his Suns contract.
Adams at the 1975 NBA draft.
The Sundarella Suns, early in the season.
Adams with longtime Head Athletic Trainer Joe Proski.
Adams was indeed a "red-hot rookie," he went on to win the Rookie of the Year and would help lead the Suns to their first NBA Finals appearance.
Westphal at the rim.
A midseason trade brought Gar Heard to Phoenix.
Heard's numbers jumped once he got to Phoenix. He averaged just short of a double-double with 12.4 points and 9.9 rebounds.
Adams claims he expected to be a backup and play about 15 minutes per game, but wound up as an All-Star and Rookie of the Year.
Certainly more known for his coaching & front office roles, Pat Riley spent the second half of last season as an NBA player with the Suns.
Perry with an athletic move to get to the rim.
Perry continued his role as a dependable big man posting averages of 13.3 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1 block per game.
After finishing as one of the worst teams in the league in 1974-75, the Suns found themselves in the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics in 1975-76.
En route to the NBA Finals, the Suns took down the defending champion Golden State Warriors.
The Sundarella Suns defied the odds and were headed to their first NBA Finals.
The Front office celebrates!
Proud Suns Fans gathered at Sky Harbor Airport to welcome the Western Conference Champions.
Alvan Adams & Curtis Perry.
Dick Van Arsdale.
Westphal, facing his former team, had a stellar series as well scoring over 20 ppg.
Suns Rookie Ricky Sobers, who was known for his tenacious physical play.
The Suns tied the series at 2 games a piece, before falling in games 5 & 6.
The Suns would eventually lose the series 2 games to 4, but certainly not due to Alvan Adams. In perhaps the most dominant stretch of his career, he averaged 23 points, 10.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.3 steals in nearly 39 mpg.
The 1975-76 Western Conference Champion Phoenix Suns.