The Phoenix Suns are an American professional basketball team located in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA), as a member of the league's Western Conference Pacific Division, and are the only team in their division not to be based in California. The franchise began to play as an expansion team in 1968. The Suns have had 46 winning seasons in their history, including a franchise-record of 29 consecutive seasons from 1987 to 2015. In the NBA Finals, they were defeated by the Boston Celtics in 1976 and 1993, and by the San Antonio Spurs in 2005. The Suns own the NBA's fourth-best all-time winning percentage, winning 55 percent of its games, as of the end of the 2015–16 season. In 1968, before the start of the NBA's expansion into the middle of the United States, an ownership group led by Richard Bloch and Don Diamond attempted to purchase the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Chicago Bulls for $5 million. When the deal fell through, they instead decided to start their own league, the American Basketball Association (ABA). The new league was originally going to be called the Great Western Basketball League, but Bloch's attorney, Jerry Colangelo, suggested the more marketable name of "Phoenix Suns". The team's primary colors were orange and purple, with black and white trim. The uniform design was created by Jerry Colangelo and Dick Van Arsdale, who also assisted in its execution. The team's home games were played at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, located in central Phoenix. The Suns began to play as an expansion team along with the Portland Trail Blazers and Buffalo Braves. The Suns were the first NBA team to wear Short Shorts. Dick Van Arsdale is credited with introducing the concept of the short to pro basketball when he played for the Suns in their inaugural season. On December 22, 1968, the Suns played their first game at home against the San Diego Rockets. The Suns won their first game 110–106. The Suns' next head coach was a former player and assistant coach Johnny Orr, who had previously coached the Ohio State University Buckeyes to an NCAA championship. Orr was hired on April 25, 1976. The Suns had high draft picks in 1977 and 1978: Second overall pick Ricky Sobers in 1977, and first overall pick Walter Davis in 1978. The team also acquired center Alvan Adams from the Houston Rockets in a trade for guard/forward Paul Westphal and a future first-round draft pick. They made several moves in the late 1970s and early 1980s to remain competitive, acquiring players like Dennis Johnson, truck Robinson, and Micheal Ray Richardson. In return, they traded away fan favorites Paul Westphal and Alvan Adams. In December 1980, the Suns traded Richardson to the Golden State Warriors for cash considerations, a move that was mostly made to free up playing time for young player Lafayette Lever. In the 1981 NBA draft, the Suns drafted center Marc Iavaroni with the 11th overall pick. The Suns acquired forward/center James Edwards from the Detroit Pistons in a trade for guard Kent Benson and a future second-round draft pick. They continued to be successful in the early 1980s, making the playoffs each year. They won 50 games in 1981–82, their first season above .500 since 1974–75. The team was led by head coach John MacLeod and star players Larry Nance, Alvan Adams, and Walter Davis. Some of their rivals include Cleveland Cavaliers, LA Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Philadelphia 76ers, Indiana Pacers, Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks, and Memphis Grizzlies. The Suns experienced a surge in success with the acquisitions of Charles Barkley, Dan Majerle, and Jeff Hornacek. This momentum helped them make it to the 1992-93 Finals. After several years of mediocrity, Mike D'Antoni's revolutionary “seven seconds or less” system brought a resurgence that changed how basketball was played. Led by two-time MVP Steve Nash as well as Amar'e Stoudemire, Shawn Marion ,and Boris Diaw this strategy propelled them back into contention but unfortunately failed to secure an NBA Championship title for Phoenix. In 2023, the Phoenix Suns experienced a thrilling rollercoaster of events that kept fans on the edge of their seats. Led by their dynamic duo of Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton, the Suns showcased an impressive display of teamwork and skill on the court. The regular season saw them dominating the Western Conference, with Booker's scoring prowess and Ayton's commanding presence in the paint. However, the postseason brought both triumph and challenges. Facing formidable opponents, the Suns displayed resilience and determination, advancing through intense matchups that tested their mettle. The electrifying synergy between Booker, Ayton, and their supporting cast, including the sharpshooting contributions from Mikal Bridges and the veteran leadership of Chris Paul, fueled the Suns' championship aspirations. As the playoffs unfolded, each game became a spectacle, with buzzer-beaters, nail-biting finishes, and the Suns' relentless pursuit of victory. Whether it was Booker's clutch shots or Ayton's game-changing rebounds, the Suns etched their journey into the annals of NBA history, leaving an indelible mark on the 2023 season, ultimately culminating in an unforgettable championship celebration for the city of Phoenix. Basketball fans, rejoice! We offer the most affordable sports tickets! Buy cheap Phoenix Suns tickets and mark your calendar! We are committed to making your ticket purchase experience easy and secure so you can focus on what matters, enjoying the event. Buy cheap basketball tickets for your friends and family and see the Phoenix Suns game live. 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