The Seasons

Looking to brush up on your Phoenix Suns knowledge? Well, here's your chance. Enjoy a recap of every season in franchise history, along with related stories, interviews, photos and more.

With news that forward Amaré Stoudemire would miss considerable time due to injury, critics wrote off the Suns before the 2005-06 season even began. Facing an uphill battle without the all-star, the Suns would still manage to make 2006 one of the most memorable seasons in franchise history.

The Phoenix Suns returned to prominence behind Head Coach Mike D’Antoni and a new look offense led by none other than a returning Steve Nash. Along with a supporting cast of all-star talent, the Suns captured the Pacific Division Championship for the first time since 1995.

What started out as a season of promise after a suprise run at the playoffs in 2002-03 became a long, arduous season of change, adjustment and injuries. Major trades and a coaching move signaled a shift in the roster's core, and prepared the club for a potentially very promising future.

Yes, it's true The Sporting News actually picked the Suns to finish 28th out of 29 NBA teams in 2002-03. Take a look back with at why that didn't happen and how Phoenix got back on track and back into the playoff picture.

The Suns underwent a number of changes, including major trades and a coaching change, in a disappointing season that saw Phoenix miss the playoffs for the first time in 14 years.

Off-the-court incidents made the 2000-01 season a forgettable one, although the Suns did make a late-season rally to reach the NBA Playoffs for the 13th straight season.

The 1999-2000 campaign saw a midseason coaching change, a rash of injuries, a life-threatening seizure, a surprising unretirement and an exciting playoff run.

Led by Jason Kidd, the NBA's top assist (10.9 apg) and triple-double (7) man, the Suns finished tied for third in the Pacific Division during the 1998-99 season.

In their 30th anniversary season, the Suns returned to the upper echelon of the Western Conference, posting the 12th 50+ win season in their history. Although their playoff run ended a bit too soon, Coach Danny Ainge brought the excitement back to the Valley of the Sun.

The 1996-97 season was a rollercoaster ride for the Suns with many highs and lows followed by a fantastic finish.

A season of turmoil ended better than it started as the Suns finished at .500 and made their eighth straight postseason appearance.

The Suns battled through a season of injuries to capture the Pacific Division title with a 59-23 record.

After advancing to the NBA Finals the year before, the Suns appeared poised to make another run at a championship.

It was a season so rich with history that a Phoenix journalist wrote an entire 328-page book on it.

The Suns posted their fourth-straight season with 50 or more wins and carried their success into the playoffs.

After back-to-back trips to the Conference Finals, the Suns began the next season ... in Tokyo!

The Suns continued their success of the season prior and advanced to the Conference Finals by defeating their arch-rivals, the L.A. Lakers.

After three years of missing the playoffs, the Suns made one of the biggest turnarounds in NBA history and advanced to the Conference Finals.

The Phoenix transaction wire was tested often in 1987-88. And the first big move was made by none other than Jerry Colangelo himself.

Over the first 13 seasons of John MacLeod's coaching career with the Suns, he enjoyed unrivaled security. His 14th season would be different.

For the Suns, the summer of 1985 was their introduction to a hated, but very necessary ritual - rebuilding.

The optimism of the new season was fleeting as the Suns' leading scorer, Walter Davis, tore three knee ligaments during a preseason game.

The Suns have made a lot of big trades through the years, most of which have brought improvement and success. But not every trade can be a good one.

A Phoenix summer is generally considered "quiet time" for Suns fans. During the summer of 1982-83, however, there was plenty of noise.

The Suns hopes for a second straight division championship were dashed before the season even started.

Despite several changes to the Suns roster and questions surrounding the moves, the Suns captured their first-ever division championship.

Despite setting a franchise record for victories, Phoenix was disappointed in the playoffs. But the season was still significant as the Suns received a singing telegram and a new mascot.

The 1978-79 season was packed full of emotion for the Phoenix Suns. Excitement, tension and frustration all played a part in a rollicking roller coaster ride of a campaign.

The 1977-78 Suns were the kind of club General Manager Jerry Colangelo and Head Coach John MacLeod had been building for four years - young, athletic, and able to sustain success over a long period.

After advancing to the NBA Finals the year before, the clock struck midnight on the Sunderella Suns in the season that should've been.

Do you believe in fairy tales? If you were a fan of the Phoenix Suns during the mid '70s, you do.

The second season of the John MacLeod era saw more steps taken towards a team that would put defense and rebounding as its top priorities.

After failing to reach the playoffs the previous season with a roster full of veterans, the Phoenix Suns decided it was time to start fresh and do it with youth, both on the court and on the bench.

A season that began with high expectations ended instead as the bridge to a major rebuilding of the franchise. A reconstruction that would eventually lead to long-term success.

The Suns improved their record for the fourth straight season yet, once again, were forced to watch the playoffs from their living room televisions.

New coach Cotton Fitzsimmons led the Suns to their best record yet. But with the realignment of teams among conferences and divisions, Phoenix was kept from making their second-straight trip to the postseason.

With the arrivals of Connie Hawkins, Paul Silas and Neal Walk, the Suns' landed in the playoffs in only their second season of existence, and managed to give the mighty Lakers all they could handle.

The Phoenix Suns started out their inaugural season with a bang but, like most expansion franchises, their first season wasn't quite as bright as their name or logo.

All-Stars on Nash

Various NBA All-Stars including Blake Griffin and Kevin Love discuss the play of the 38-year-old Steve Nash

Stars Discuss Markieff Morris

Colleagues discuss the solid play of Suns rookie Markieff Morris during All-Star Weekend in Orlando

Young Guards on Nash

Guards including Derrick Rose and Deron Williams discuss the play of Suns playmaker Steve Nash.

Markieff Morris Talks Rising Stars

Suns rookie Markieff Morris discusses his experience playing in the Rising Skills Challenge on Friday night