Phoenix Suns Stitched - A Look Through Suns Uniforms

1968-73

Sans Flourishes and Fanciness

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Phoenix was now an NBA city. But how would that image be portrayed on the court? They didn’t have far to look. The newly chosen team name (Suns) and the local, scenic sunsets lent plenty of inspiration to the designers, who settled on purple and orange as the team’s main colors. The team’s first home uniforms used the brighter of the two colors, orange, to fill the letters and numbers. Purple was deployed as an accent color, which lent a crisp, dark accent color to complement the orange just inside.

As for the font, the Suns were simply under the gun to get a team up and going in time for the season. No seraphs, flourishes or fanciness marked the first set of jerseys. The shorts probably made the biggest stylistic statement: one big sunburst on the outside of each leg on the bottom, a broad purple-orange-purple waistband and on top.

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Take TheFirst Shot

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Dick Van Arsdale made the first basket in Suns history in the team’s franchise, season and home debut against Seattle on Oct. 18, 1968.

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Play-onPlayoffs

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In Phoenix’s first-ever playoff win, Connie Hawkins dominated the Los Angeles Lakers with 34 points, 20 rebounds and seven assists.

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All-StarsSee All Suns

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Goodrich, Van Arsdale, Silas and Hawkins were the first Suns’ All-Stars, and all their appearances as Suns players in the midseason classic occurred during the 1968-73 era.

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FirstEnforcer

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Establishing himself as one of the first enforcers in Suns history, 6-7 forward Paul Silas set a standard that still stands today: a franchise-record 27 rebounds in a 118-99 win over the Cincinnati Royals

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STAR PLAYERS

Dick Van Arsdale

Gail Goodrich

Paul Silas

Connie Hawkins

1973-92

Welcome to The Wild Wild West

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The change was small, but it cemented an identity that has stuck with the Suns ever since. With playoff success and star players now on its resume, Phoenix set out to refine an image to match those qualities.

The results spoke for themselves. Western font portrayed the names and numbers on both the front and back of the jerseys, capturing the Wild West persona of the Suns’ location and style of play. The already-iconic purple-and-orange color scheme remained, with the minimal amount of home purple more than made up on the road. It was in these uniforms that the Suns established themselves as a long-term, relevant factor in the league for decades to come.

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Sharing isCaring

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When Phoenix hosted the 1975 NBA All-Star Game, the Suns weren’t just sharing their arena. Both teams wore Suns-themed uniforms for the midseason classic.

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We WonThe West

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Led by Rookie of the Year Alvan Adams and offseason acquisition Paul Westphal, the Suns upset the defending champion Golden State Warriors to win their first-ever Western Conference championship and berth in the NBA Finals.

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That's a Nance-eeDunk

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At the 1984 NBA All-Star Game, Larry Nance gave the Suns’ image extra prominence by winning the league’s first-ever Slam Dunk Contest.

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Birth ofBeat LA

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In the 1990 Western Conference semifinals, Phoenix beat the Lakers for the first time ever in postseason play.

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STAR PLAYERS

Alvan Adams

Charlie Scott

Paul Westphal

Walter Davis

Tom Chambers

Jeff Hornacek

1992-2000

The New Era: Part One

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After two decades of high-caliber basketball in one uniform and building, the Suns thrust themselves into a new era. A new, state-of-the-art downtown arena required an equally refreshing look, and the Suns provided it in groundbreaking fashion.

Bold replaced old in the Suns’ uniform redesign. A can’t-miss sunburst blazed across the front of the jersey, with broad font defining both the words and numbers. The sunburst itself was a dramatic upgrade from its predecessor, shooting right instead of left with a far more aggressive tone. The streaks left behind by the sun trailed all the way across the middle portion of the jersey, giving opponents and onlookers the feeling that the Suns were always blazing past someone.

Best of all? The Suns’ new look coincided with the roster, which received a monumental addition in the form of All-Star forward Charles Barkley. The trade Phoenix executed to acquire him proved to be a historically defining move for a franchise that has become renowned for such action.

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Sir CharlesArrives

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In a move as monumental as the visual one Phoenix was about to make, the Suns acquired Charles Barkley in trade with Philadelphia. The Suns gave up All-Star Jeff Hornacek, Andrew Lang and Tim Perry to acquire the Round Mound of Rebound.

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NewBattleground

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Phoenix moved into America West Arena for the 1992-93 season. The first game was held on Nov. 7, 1992 against the Los Angeles Clippers, a game the Suns won 111-105.

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GeneralWestphal

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The Suns ushered in a new regime on the sideline as well. Long-time assistant coach and former Suns All-Star Paul Westphal was promoted as Head Coach.

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FranchiseBest

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The Suns clinched the best record in the league with a franchise-best 62 wins.

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1992-2000

The New Era: Part Two

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The Suns matched all the hype surrounding their new look, arena, coaching staff and star, racing off to a franchise-record 62 wins in the 1992-93 season. Charles Barkley and Dan Majerle represented Phoenix in the All-Star Game that season, with Westphal patrolling the sidelines for the West as head coach.

Behind an MVP season from Barkley, the Suns captured attention both local and national on their way to the NBA Finals, where they played Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.

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All HailSir Charles

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Charles Barkley won the first Most Valuable Player award for himself and the Phoenix Suns Stitched

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TheGuarantee

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Phoenix rode the confidence of head coach Paul Westphal’s guarantee to come back from an 0-2 deficit and beat the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs

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ReturnTo Glory

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Phoenix beat the San Antonio Spurs (4-2) and Seattle Supersonics (4-3) to earn their first trip to the NBA Finals since 1976

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Round Moundof Rebound

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Barkley averaged 27.3 points, 13.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.2 steals in the Finals, but a late three-pointer in Game 6 lifted the Bulls to victory.

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1994-2000

The New Era: Part 3

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In 1994, Phoenix introduced a third emphasis to its color scheme by revealing a black, alternate version of the sunburst jersey. The look instantly caught on and became a trend that other teams -- including the Heat, Lakers, Bulls and Warriors – have picked up since.

The look defined an era of transition for the Suns. After losing to the NBA Champion-Rockets in back-to-back postseasons, Phoenix slowly shifted to a new era built around the future by acquiring All-Star talents such as Jason Kidd, Shawn Marion and Penny Hardaway.

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STAR PLAYERS

Kevin Johnson

Charles Barkley

Dan Majerle

Jason Kidd

2000-2013

A Sharper Sun

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The third “golden era” of Suns basketball inherited its own unique look thanks to the uniform redesign that was executed in 2001. “Less is more” was the new image movement across the league, and the Suns followed suit. Gone were the torso-sized logos across the front and comic-book-style fonts. The Suns’ new get-ups were simpler, more symmetrical. A slight arch marked the appearance of “Phoenix” or “Suns” on the front as well as the last name on the back. The digits were nearly as prominent on the front as they were on the back, with the only visual aide being an almost undetectable circle cutting through the edges of the numbers. A newer, sharper secondary logo could be found on the sides of the shorts. The road uniforms featured a previously unseen splash of grey on the sides, opening up a new color combination for fans who preferred darker color schemes.

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3for 33

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In 2001, the Suns revealed just the third jersey design in the franchise’s then-33 year history

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Steve,Stat and Shawn

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In this era, Phoenix drafted Amar’e Stoudemire, signed Steve Nash and extended the contract of Shawn Marion

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They LikeTo GO fast

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“Seven Seconds or Less” and “Planet Orange” became synonymous with this edition of the run-and-gun Suns

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StormingSuns

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Déjà vu Just as they had been in 1993, the Suns were one game away from being eliminated by the Lakers. And in the same fashion they had done 17 years earlier, Phoenix stormed back to win the series, this time 4-3 in 2006.

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2000-2013

A Sharper Sun: Part 2

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While this Suns look launched in 2001, it wasn’t until 2004 that it inherited its defining talent. The free agent acquisition of Steve Nash injected unprecedented speed and scoring into the franchise. The 6-3 point guard would go on to win back-to-back MVP awards, five assist crowns and six All-Star appearances in his second, longer stint with the Suns.

Other stars came into their own alongside Nash. Amar’e Stoudemire, who had been the Rookie of the Year in 2002-03, blossomed as one of the most feared dunking forwards in the league. Shawn Marion cemented his status as one of the most indispensable and versatile two-way forwards in basketball. The two of them combined with Nash to form a revolutionary team built around the fast break, with their success marking a league-wide revolution based on space and pace basketball.

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Steve Nash

Amar'e Stoudemire

Shawn Marion

2000-2013

A Sharper Sun: Part 3

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Alternate orange road uniforms which were introduced in 2003, highlighted the “Planet Orange” era. The bright new look was no stranger to playoff relevance. The Suns made the Western Conference Finals three times in six seasons, making countless memories both good and heartbreaking in the process.

It was in these uniforms that the Suns came back from a 3-1 first-round deficit against the Lakers, waged postseason war against San Antonio and came within a couple bouts of bad luck of making yet another trip to the NBA Finals.

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BrightFuture

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After winning just 28 games in 2003-04, the Suns won an NBA-best 62 games in 2004-05 and advanced to their first of three Western Conference Finals over a six-year span.

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InternationalMost Valuable Player

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Steve Nash won back-to-back Most Valuable Player awards in 2005 and 2006. He is one of four international NBA players to ever win the award.

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FantasticFrenchman

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In 2005-06, the Suns remained contenders despite a season-ending injury to Amar’e Stoudemire. One big reason? Boris Diaw, who was named Most Improved Player of the Year.

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SweepingSuccess

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Playoff success included coming back from a 3-1 deficit against the Lakers in 2006 and sweeping the Spurs in 2010

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2013-Present

Remembering The Past, Embracing The Future

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Ready for a new era spearheaded by youth and a refreshed stock of talent, the Suns unveiled a combination of old and new in their latest uniform redesign. The home jerseys are a nostalgic flashback to Phoenix’s earliest uniforms: Nearly all white and orange with only hints of any other colors.

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A New BreedOf Guard

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The Suns acquire a young, talented guard in Eric Bledsoe in a three-team trade with the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers

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Len-dingA Hand

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Phoenix drafts Alex Len fifth overall in the 2013 NBA draft, their highest draft pick since 1987

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The Four Fingered AssassinAttacks

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On March 6, 2014, Gerald Green scored 41 points in an upset win over the Oklahoma City Thunder

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Triple DoubleRevenge

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The stage was perfectly set. The Suns were in Los Angeles, set to play Eric Bledsoe’s former team, the Clippers. Against his former mentor and All-Star guard Chris Paul, the Suns’ guard erupted for the first triple-double of his career: 27 points, 16 assists and 11 rebounds.

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A bright new look couldn’t douse bad expectations, as many league “experts” pegged the Suns to win fewer than 20 games in the 2013-14 campaign. Phoenix shattered those predictions before the calendar flipped to 2014 and went on to win 48 games, a 23-win improvement over the previous year.

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Phoenix introduced the first-ever sleeved jersey in franchise history and paired the look with a fan-friendly event: Orange Friday. Every time the Suns host a game on the last day of the work week, Phoenix breaks out its orange alternates and invites fans to arrive in similarly colored gear.

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A LOOK BACK

YearsPast

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The stage was perfectly set. The Suns were in Los Angeles, set to play Eric Bledsoe’s former team, the Clippers. Against his former mentor and All-Star guard Chris Paul, the Suns’ guard erupted for the first triple-double of his career: 27 points, 16 assists and 11 rebounds.

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AlternateUniforms

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The latter portion of the 1990s saw a new color become iconic within the Suns’ tapestry of jerseys. Charles Barkley, Jason Kidd and others all made black look good in Phoenix.

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NewEra

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Suns players old and new united for a special day, one in which the team revealed its latest and current look. Take a look back at the runway scene at Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall in 2013!

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New YearNew Gear

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Eric Bledsoe, Archie Goodwin and others made the Suns’ new look look good. Catch an inside look at their photo shoot before the start of the 2013-14 campaign.

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#PHXRISING

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Being a Suns fan isn’t a one-time thing. It’s a legacy, a shared past. It’s something handed down from generation to generation. That’s because this is Phoenix’s team and the Suns’ new “PHX Rising” uniform is one that honors this team’s storied past and bright future.