2013–14 Phoenix Suns season

The 2013–14 NBA season was the Phoenix Suns' 46th season in the NBA.[1] This season marked the first time that purple was not a primary color for the team (although it was still involved with their system). It was also the first time since the beginning of the 1987–88 NBA season that the Suns ended up drafting in the top 5 of a draft. In addition, it was the first time since the beginning of the 2000–01 NBA season that the Suns made complete changes in not only their logos, but also their jerseys. When the Suns began the regular season, Goran Dragić, P. J. Tucker, Markieff Morris, and his twin brother Marcus Morris were the only players returning from playing with last season's team (while Channing Frye was still on last season's team, he didn't play any games due to a life-threatening heart ailment he had at the time). The Phoenix Suns, despite their winning record, failed to make the playoffs. This drew criticism from many fans regarding the conference system with the Atlanta Hawks, a sub-.500 team in the Eastern Conference managing to make the playoffs, with the Suns holding a Top 4 Eastern Conference seeded team had they been a part of that conference that year instead.

2013–14 Phoenix Suns season
Head coachJeff Hornacek
General managerRyan McDonough
Owner(s)Robert Sarver
ArenaUS Airways Center
Results
Record48–34 (.585)
PlaceDivision: 3rd (Pacific)
Conference: 9th (Western)
Playoff finishDid not qualify

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionFox Sports Arizona
RadioKTAR

Key dates

  • April 22, 2013: The Phoenix Suns fired general manager Lance Blanks.
  • May 7, 2013: The Suns hired the Boston Celtics' assistant general manager Ryan McDonough as their new general manager.
  • May 21, 2013: The NBA Draft Lottery took place.
  • May 26, 2013: The Suns did not renew interim head coach Lindsey Hunter's contract; former Suns player Jeff Hornacek became Hunter's replacement as the official head coach.
  • June 19, 2013: The Suns' newest logos were leaked out to the Internet.
  • June 25, 2013: Former Boston Celtics affiliates Jerry Sichting and Mike Longabardi, as well as former Suns players Kenny Gattison and Mark West, were officially named assistant head coaches to the new coaching staff; both Noel Gillespie and Dan Panaggio were fired from their assistant coaching positions.
  • June 26, 2013: The Suns officially revealed their newest logos and colors to start the new season.
  • June 27, 2013: The 2013 NBA draft took place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn; Phoenix traded their 30th draft pick (Nemanja Nedović) to the Golden State Warriors for the Oklahoma City Thunder's 29th pick (Archie Goodwin) and Malcolm Lee (both of whom were added by the Warriors in earlier trades) to add to their own selections of Alex Len at pick number 5 and Alex Oriakhi at number 57.
  • June 29, 2013: The Phoenix Suns officially waived center Hamed Haddadi from the team. The Suns saved $1.2 million since Haddadi was initially owed $1.4 million had he stayed for the season.
  • July 1, 2013: The NBA free agency period began.
  • July 2, 2013: The Suns agreed to trade shooting guard-small forward Jared Dudley to the Los Angeles Clippers and a 2014 second-round pick from either the Sacramento Kings or the Toronto Raptors (which was given to the team last season in a trade involving Sebastian Telfair) to the Milwaukee Bucks for point guard Eric Bledsoe and small forward Caron Butler, both of whom last played for the Clippers.
  • July 10, 2013: Teams could officially sign, trade, and amnesty players to their liking.
  • July 27, 2013: The Suns traded power forward Luis Scola to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for Gerald Green, Miles Plumlee, and a top 14-protected 2014 first-round draft pick.
  • August 6, 2013: The NBA released the official 2013–14 league schedules.
  • August 15, 2013: The team revealed their newest uniforms, nicknamed the "Speed of Light" uniforms. The new uniforms were worn by rookies Alex Len and Archie Goodwin, new player(s) Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler, and returning Suns player P. J. Tucker.
  • August 29, 2013: The Suns traded small forward Caron Butler to his hometown team (the Milwaukee Bucks) in exchange for Ukrainian center Viacheslav Kravtsov and American point guard Ish Smith; Diante Garrett officially left to play for the Oklahoma City Thunder; Alex Len officially signed with the Suns.
  • August 30, 2013: Channing Frye announced on Instagram that he was officially 100% healthy to play for the Suns once again.
  • September 3, 2013: Michael Beasley had his contract bought out by the team, meaning he was officially waived by the Suns; buying out his contract resulted in the Suns saving close to over $3,000,000 through the next four years.
  • September 30, 2013: The Suns confirmed that Channing Frye was officially 100% healthy for training with the team a day before training camp at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona begins.
  • October 25, 2013: Center Marcin Gortat, shooting guards Shannon Brown & Malcolm Lee, and second-year point guard Kendall Marshall (who the Suns drafted last year) were traded to the Washington Wizards for forward-center Emeka Okafor and their Top 12 protected 2014 first round draft pick; the Suns also cut shooting guard James Nunnally from their training camp roster.
  • October 30, 2013: The regular season for the Suns begins.
  • November 11, 2013: Power forward Markieff Morris ends up winning the Western Conference's Player of the Week award from November 4–November 10, 2013 for his improved production off the bench, which included setting a record that only Dwight Howard and former Suns player Charles Barkley had reached before in their careers.
  • January 2, 2014: Coach Jeff Hornacek wins the Coach of the Month award for December 2013 due to the team's performance during that month. He also becomes the third former NBA player (with Larry Bird and Larry Drew being the first two) to win both a Player of the Month and Coach of the Month award in their professional careers, as well as the first to win both awards with the same team.
  • January 8, 2014: Former Suns fan favorite Leandro Barbosa signs a 10-day contract to play for the Phoenix Suns again.
  • January 9, 2014: Eric Bledsoe has surgery to partially remove a torn meniscus in his right knee.
  • January 18, 2014: Leandro Barbosa would sign another 10-day contract in order to continue playing for the Suns.
  • January 26, 2014: The Suns would get their 25th win off of a 99–90 road victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. This would tie the total number of wins the team had throughout the entirety of their last season they played.
  • January 27, 2014: The Suns surpassed their total number of wins from last season by winning 124–113 against the Philadelphia 76ers on the road.
  • February 3, 2014: Guard Goran Dragić ends up winning the Western Conference's Player of the Week award from January 27–February 2, 2014 for averaging 26.8 points on 63.9% shooting and 69.2% three point shooting, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds while averaging 29.2 minutes per game in all four victories during that week, with two full games having Goran recovering from an elbow injury their road game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
  • February 6, 2014: Goran Dragić ends up being confirmed as one of 8 possible candidates for the newly revamped Taco Bell Skills Challenge.
  • February 7, 2014: Center Miles Plumlee is announced to end up playing for former Phoenix Suns player Grant Hill's team in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge after initial rookie center candidate Pero Antić of the Atlanta Hawks was injured from the game.
  • February 14, 2014: The 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend break begins.
  • February 21, 2014: The Suns would get their 33rd victory against the San Antonio Spurs in a blowout 106–85 game. This ties the Suns' win total from the lockout shortened 2011–12 NBA season, which was also the last season the Suns would have Steve Nash playing for the team. They'd also get their first official sold–out game at home since around 2012 in the process, as well as beat the San Antonio Spurs by over 20 points for the first time since 1999.
  • February 28, 2014: The Suns surpassed their total number of wins from Steve Nash's last season with the team by winning 116–104 against the New Orleans Pelicans at home. Goran Dragić would also score a career high 40 points against the team in the process.
  • March 1, 2014: Center Viacheslav Kravtsov is waived from the team in order for the Suns to sign Chinese Basketball Association All-Star power forward Shavlik Randolph for the rest of the season.
  • March 4, 2014: Leandro Barbosa fractures his right hand in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers at home. As a result, he'd end up missing the rest of the regular season.
  • March 12, 2014: Eric Bledsoe plays his first game of the regular season since December 30, 2013.
  • March 21, 2014: The Suns win their 40th game against the Detroit Pistons in a close 98–92 victory at home. This ties the Suns' win total from the 2010–11 NBA season, which was the first season that former Suns general manager Lance Blanks and current Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby saw over the team's moves.
  • March 23, 2014: The Suns win their 41st game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in a close 127–120 victory on the road, which included a 22-point comeback throughout the game. This not only gives general manager Ryan McDonough more victories in his first year as general manager of the Suns than former general manager Lance Blanks, but it also gives the Suns their first guaranteed .500+ record since the 2011–12 NBA season (or the 2009–10 NBA season in terms of full seasons).
  • March 24, 2014: The Suns win their 42nd game against the Atlanta Hawks in a 102–95 victory on the road. As a result, the Suns are now guaranteed to finish off their season with a record above 0.500 for the first time since the 2009–10 NBA season.
  • April 23, 2014: Goran Dragić wins the Most Improved Player of the Year Award due to his performance with the Suns throughout this season.
  • May 9, 2014: The Suns officially retained exclusive rights to the Bakersfield Jam under a hybrid affiliation.[2]
  • May 18, 2014: Mike Elliott was named the NBA's Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year.[3]
  • May 22, 2014: Goran Dragić is honored with Slovenia's own "Javbolko Navdiha" (Apple of Inspiration) award after the performances he had throughout the season with not just the Suns, but also with the Slovenian national basketball team during the 2013 Eurobasket Tournament.[4]
  • June 4, 2014: Goran Dragić became a member of the All-NBA Third Team due to his overall performance throughout the season. Dragić also became the fourth overall player to make an All-NBA team after winning the Most Improved Player of the Year Award as well.[5]

Offseason

Draft picks

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 5 Olexsiy "Alex" Len Center Ukraine Ukraine Maryland
1 29 Archie Goodwin Shooting guard  United States Kentucky
2 57 Alex Oriakhi Power forward  United States Missouri

The Suns had two first-round picks and one second-round pick this year. The first pick they had was their own pick that could have gone at number 1 at best or 7 at worst, with the best odds going for the pick to be at number 5. On the day of the NBA draft lottery, it was revealed that they would get pick 5 in the first round. Their own second-round pick was traded to the Houston Rockets for Marcus Morris, the twin brother of Suns power forward Markieff Morris.[6] Both their additional first and second-round picks came from different teams due to last season's sign and trade deal with the Los Angeles Lakers that sent point guard Steve Nash to the Lakers in exchange for four different draft picks. The first-round pick (which ended up being the 30th pick) came from the Miami Heat due to an earlier trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers involving LeBron James, while the second-round pick came from the Denver Nuggets due to a 2011 draft day trade that traded the Lakers' rights to Chukwudiebere Maduabum to Denver in exchange for their 2013 second-round pick.

With the fifth pick, the Suns selected the Ukrainian-born center Olexsiy "Alex" Len, who was a sophomore from the University of Maryland. Len averaged 11.9 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks per game in his last season with the Terrapins. The Suns then traded the 30th pick, which became the Serbian-born guard Nemanja Nedović from the Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius, to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for shooting guard Malcolm Lee and pick 29 that was originally from the Oklahoma City Thunder, which was Archie Goodwin from the University of Kentucky. Goodwin averaged 14.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.1 steals, and 0.5 blocks per game in his only season with Kentucky. Finally, with their 57th pick, the Suns selected Alex Oriakhi, who used to play for the University of Connecticut until his senior season due to the university's NCAA Tournament ineligibility; he spent his senior season with the University of Missouri. In addition to winning an NCAA championship during his sophomore season with Connecticut, in his only season with Missouri, he scored 11.2 points, grabbed 8.4 rebounds, and recorded 1.6 blocks per game in 25.8 minutes of play for 34 games.

Free agency

Veteran player Jermaine O'Neal, as well as Wesley Johnson and rookie guard Diante Garrett were unrestricted free agents as of the end of the 2012–13 NBA season. On June 29, 2013, the Suns released Hamed Haddadi's contract in order to let him become an unrestricted free agent as well. Contrary to previous seasons, the Suns decided to not focus so much on the free agency market this year. On July 15, 2013, Wesley Johnson signed a veteran's minimum contract for one year with the Los Angeles Lakers. On July 23, 2013, O'Neal agreed to a one-year deal to play for the Golden State Warriors. Garrett officially announced on Twitter that he would be playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder on August 29, 2013 before playing officially for the Utah Jazz on November 13, 2013. Haddadi ended up going back to his home in Iran to play for Foolad Mahan Isfahan on September 12, 2013, during the 2013 FIBA Asia Champions Cup, only to then play for the Sichuan Blue Whales in China. An additional player the Suns decided to sign for this season was former Temple shooting guard Dionte Christmas, who had last played with Montepaschi Siena in Italy's Lega Basket Serie A, where he and the team not only won the league's championship, but also participated in the 2012–13 Euroleague; Christmas had also performed with the team's 2013 Summer League Las Vegas Tournament squad, where he averaged 10.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.0 assists during the team's 6–1 streak. The Suns also had former UC Santa Barbara combo guard James Nunnally, who last played with the Miami Heat in the 2013 Las Vegas Summer League Tournament, during the Suns' training camp and preseason session.

One of the team's biggest signings from last season, Michael Beasley, was bought out of his contract on September 3, 2013. His buyout of the team's contract had the team paying Beasley only $4.66 million for this season as opposed to the $6 million he was initially owed (which saved the team $1.34 million in salary), and then has the team stretching his original guaranteed salary of $3,000,000 for one year to $2,300,000 for three straight seasons, with each year paying him only $766,666 instead of the entire guarantee he was owed. Because of Beasley being bought out of his contract, he was considered an unrestricted free agent by the NBA during his time of being waived. Beasley would end up signing with the team that first drafted him as the #2 pick in the 2008 NBA draft, the two-time champion Miami Heat on September 11, 2013. In addition to being signed by the Heat before the start of the regular season, some of the $4,660,000 that the Suns owed him now gets paid by the Heat instead.

On January 5, 2014, the Suns decided to bring back former fan favorite player Leandro Barbosa to a 10-day contract. However, his contract would not officially be signed until January 8 due to not only finding out whether Barbosa would be healthy enough to participate, but would also have to wait for FIBA to approve his move from Brazil to the NBA. The move was prompted due to star point guard Eric Bledsoe being out longer than the team had initially expected due to a knee injury that had later on turned into a torn meniscus that he got against his former team on December 28, 2013. The last NBA team Barbosa played for was with the Boston Celtics before an ACL tear led him to being traded to the Washington Wizards; he had then played for the Esporte Clube Pinheiros in Brazil as a means of playing while healing up from his past injury. He has been able to play under the shooting guard position with Ishmael "Ish" Smith playing most of the back-up point guard duties while Eric Bledsoe remains injured. Barbosa would end up signing a second 10-day contract immediately after the first one ended on January 18, 2014 before being confirmed by Lon Babby and the staff that Barbosa would get $650,359 and remain on the team for the rest of the season on January 27, 2014.

During the post-trade deadline period of free agent signings, the Suns decided to waive back-up center Viacheslav Kravtsov out of the team on March 1, 2014. In exchange for Kravtsov's leave of absence on Phoenix, the Suns decided to sign former Boston Celtics and CBA's Foshan Dralions all-star power forward Shavlik Randolph on the same day. Randolph was signed to the Suns in order to have not only tried to help the team win enough games to make it to the playoffs for the first time in over three seasons, but to have also helped the team out in the postseason had the team actually made it to the 2014 NBA Playoffs.

Trades

On June 27, the Suns agreed to trade their 30th draft pick (which became Nemanja Nedović) to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for the rights to Malcolm Lee (who they first acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves) and the 29th pick (which became Archie Goodwin) that the Warriors first acquired from the Oklahoma City Thunder. On July 2, the Suns participated in a three-team trade that had the Suns send Jared Dudley to the Los Angeles Clippers and a 2014 second round pick they acquired from the Toronto Raptors last season to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler, both of whom last played for the L.A. Clippers. On July 27, the Suns agreed to trade Luis Scola (who the team got from amnesty bids last season) to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for Gerald Green, Miles Plumlee, and a 2014 lottery protected first round draft pick.[7] The Suns would later trade Butler to his hometown team (the Milwaukee Bucks) on August 29, 2013 in exchange for Ukrainian power forward/center Viacheslav Kravtsov and American point guard Ish Smith. Finally, in the team's last trade before the regular season began, the Suns traded their center Marcin Gortat, alongside guards Shannon Brown, Malcolm Lee, and last year's lottery pick (Kendall Marshall) to the Washington Wizards in exchange for power forward Emeka Okafor and their 2014 Top 12 protected first round draft pick on October 25, 2013. Of the players the Suns traded to Washington, only Gortat would end up playing for the Wizards before the regular season began as Marshall, Brown, and Lee were all waived by the Wizards three days later. In addition, back-up center Viacheslav Kravtsov would end up being waived from the Suns on March 1, 2014.

Coaching changes

Interim head coach Lindsey Hunter was officially granted a chance to be interviewed by the Detroit Pistons to be their head coach on April 24, 2013, which led to indications that the Suns were looking for a new head coach. On May 9, 2013, the Suns announced that along with Hunter, assistant coaches Brian Shaw of the Indiana Pacers, Kelvin Sampson of the Houston Rockets, Mike Budenholzer of the San Antonio Spurs, and Quin Snyder from PBC CSKA Moscow were considered options to be the team's head coach for this season.[8] Five days later, the Suns announced that their search would expand to also include assistant head coaches Mike Malone of the Golden State Warriors, David Fizdale of the Miami Heat, and Jeff Hornacek of the Utah Jazz, with the latter assistant also being a Suns fan favorite. In addition to the aforementioned announced candidates, the Suns also announced interest in looking at Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Steve Clifford, Houston Rockets assistant coach J.B. Bickerstaff, Villanova University head coach Jay Wright, Butler University head coach Brad Stevens, and Iowa State University head coach Fred Hoiberg.[9] On May 26, 2013, the Suns announced that former Suns player Jeff Hornacek was the new head coach, to replace interim head coach Lindsey Hunter, who later signed with the Golden State Warriors in September 2013 as an assistant head coach. Hornacek got a three-year contract with an optional fourth year.

In addition to Hunter's departure as the head coach, assistant head coach Igor Kokoškov departed from the Suns to be an assistant head coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers on May 29, 2013. On June 12, it was announced that Hall of Famer Ralph Sampson would also not be an assistant coach with the Suns in 2013–14. In June 25, 2013, the Suns let go of remaining assistant coaches Noel Gillespie and Dan Panaggio. On that same day, Hornacek announced his four assistant coaches for the 2013–14 season: former Boston Celtics affiliates Jerry Sichting and Mike Longabardi, and former Suns teammates Kenny Gattison and Mark West.[10] Jerry Sichting was a champion player for the Boston Celtics during the 1985–86 NBA season, and he was more recently an assistant head coach for the Washington Wizards last season. Mike Longabardi was an assistant head coach for the Celtics' last six seasons, which included their 2007–08 NBA champion team, and was also their defensive coordinator in his last two seasons with the Celtics. Kenny Gattison was a former 3rd round selection by the Suns in the 1986 NBA draft that also was an assistant head coach for Larry Drew during his head coaching tenure with the Atlanta Hawks. Mark West was a player for the Phoenix Suns from 1988–1994 and was on their 1999–2000 team before accepting a front office gig for the team afterwards until this season. Former Suns assistant head coach and Phoenix Mercury head coach Corey Gaines would also end up taking on the role of being a player developmental coach that Hunter had formerly taken the role of last season.

Front office changes

On April 22, 2013, the Phoenix Suns fired general manager Lance Blanks due to his lackluster performance in his position over the last three years. Their search for the newest general manager included former Indiana Pacers general manager David Morway, former Los Angeles Lakers assistant general manager Ronnie Lester, former New York Knicks executive Mark Warkentien, assistant general managers Jeff Weltman of the Milwaukee Bucks (a finalist for general manager back in 2010), Ryan McDonough of the Boston Celtics, Wes Wilcox of the Atlanta Hawks, and Troy Weaver of the Oklahoma City Thunder, with Tony Ronzone, Eddie Johnson, David Griffin, Gersson Rosas, and Sam Hinkie considered as possible candidates. Other candidates that had garnered interest in the job included former Bulls and Lakers head coach Phil Jackson, as well as former Phoenix Suns players Grant Hill and Charles Barkley.

On May 1, 2013, it was revealed that the four finalists for the job were Boston Celtics assistant general manager Ryan McDonough, Milwaukee Bucks assistant general manager Jeff Weltman, former Indiana Pacers general manager David Morway, and former Utah Jazz and New York Knicks executive/general manager and current San Antonio Spurs assistant general manager Scott Layden.[11][12] Four days later, the finalists were narrowed down to either Jeff Weltman or Ryan McDonough being the newest general manager.[13] Finally, on May 7, 2013, the Phoenix Suns announced that Boston's assistant general manager Ryan McDonough would be the Suns' newest general manager for the next four years.[14] Ronnie Lester, along with the Washington Wizards' director of player personnel Pat Connelly would later be hired by McDonough to be talent evaluators for the Suns.[15] The Suns would also hire Emilio Kovačić as an international scouting consultant for the Suns and Trevor Bukstein as an assistant general manager.[16][17]

Roster

2013–14 Phoenix Suns roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
SG 10 Barbosa, Leandro Injured 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 194 lb (88 kg) 1982–11–28 Brazil
PG 2 Bledsoe, Eric (C) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1989–12–09 Kentucky
SG 25 Christmas, Dionte 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1986–09–15 Temple
PG 1 Dragić, Goran (C) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1986–05–06 Slovenia
C 8 Frye, Channing 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1983–05–17 Arizona
SG 20 Goodwin, Archie 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 198 lb (90 kg) 1994–08–17 Kentucky
SG 14 Green, Gerald 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1986–01–26 Gulf Shores Academy (TX)
C 21 Len, Alex 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 255 lb (116 kg) 1993–06–16 Maryland
SF 15 Morris, Marcus 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1989–09–02 Kansas
PF 11 Morris, Markieff 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1989–09–02 Kansas
PF 50 Okafor, Emeka Injured 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 255 lb (116 kg) 1982–09–28 Connecticut
C 22 Plumlee, Miles 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 255 lb (116 kg) 1988–09–01 Duke
PF 43 Randolph, Shavlik 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 236 lb (107 kg) 1983–11–24 Duke
PG 3 Smith, Ish 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1988–07–05 Wake Forest
SF 17 Tucker, P. J. 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 224 lb (102 kg) 1985–05–05 Texas
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (DL) On assignment to D-League affiliate
  • Injured Injured

Salaries

Player 2013–14 Salary
Emeka Okafor $14,544,687
Goran Dragić $7,500,000
Channing Frye $6,400,000
Gerald Green $3,500,000
Olexsiy "Alex" Len $3,492,720
Eric Bledsoe $2,626,473
Markieff Morris $2,207,040
Marcus Morris $2,096,760
Viacheslav Kravtsov $1,500,000
Miles Plumlee $1,121,520
Archie Goodwin $1,064,400
Ishmael "Ish" Smith $985,000
P.J. Tucker $884,293
Leandro Barbosa $650,359
Dionte Christmas $490,180
Shavlik Randolph $306,036
TOTAL $48,413,073

Because Hamed Haddadi was waived by the Suns before July 1, he was only owed $200,000 by the team instead of the full $1,400,000 that he would have gotten had he stayed with the team. In addition, while Josh Childress is still owed $7,182,500 due to them amnestying his contract last season, his salary does not affect the Suns' overall salary cap to their season this year. Also, with the Michael Beasley buyout the Suns did on September 3, 2013, they now owe Beasley $4,660,000 for this season as opposed to giving him the full $6,000,000 had he stayed with the team during the regular season.[18] Not only that, but some of the money that the Suns owed Beasley this season would be offset by the Miami Heat due to their re-signing of him for a second stint. To add to the post-season player movements, the Suns' waiving of back-up center Viacheslav Kravtsov has his contract of $1,500,000 being retained as a part of a pay-off for the rest of the season as of March 1, 2014, in order to add room to using power forward Shavlik Randolph and his $306,036 contract.

Pre-season

2013 pre-season game log
Total: 5–2 (Home: 2–1; Road: 3–1)
2013–14 season schedule

Regular season

Season standings

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
y-Los Angeles Clippers 57 25 .695 0.0 34–7 23–18 12–4 82
x-Golden State Warriors 51 31 .622 6.0 27–14 24–17 11–5 82
Phoenix Suns 48 34 .585 9.0 26–15 22–19 8–8 82
Sacramento Kings 28 54 .341 29.0 17–24 11–30 3–13 82
Los Angeles Lakers 27 55 .329 30.0 14–27 13–28 6–10 82
Western Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 z-San Antonio Spurs * 62 20 .756 82
2 y-Oklahoma City Thunder * 59 23 .720 3.0 82
3 y-Los Angeles Clippers * 57 25 .695 5.0 82
4 x-Houston Rockets 54 28 .659 8.0 82
5 x-Portland Trail Blazers 54 28 .659 8.0 82
6 x-Golden State Warriors 51 31 .622 11.0 82
7 x-Memphis Grizzlies 50 32 .610 12.0 82
8 x-Dallas Mavericks 49 33 .598 13.0 82
9 Phoenix Suns 48 34 .585 14.0 82
10 Minnesota Timberwolves 40 42 .488 22.0 82
11 Denver Nuggets 36 46 .439 26.0 82
12 New Orleans Pelicans 34 48 .415 28.0 82
13 Sacramento Kings 28 54 .341 34.0 82
14 Los Angeles Lakers 27 55 .329 35.0 82
15 Utah Jazz 25 57 .305 37.0 82

Game log

2013–14 game log
Total: 48–34 (Home: 26–15; Road: 22–19)
2013–14 season schedule

Player statistics

Legend
  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
Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Leandro Barbosa* 20 0 18.4 .427 .280 .795 1.9 1.6 .4 .2 7.5
Eric Bledsoe 43 39 32.9 .477 .357 .772 4.7 5.5 1.6 .3 17.7
Dionte Christmas 31 0 6.4 .355 .290 .750 1.2 .3 .1 .1 2.3
Goran Dragić 76 75 35.1 .505 .408 .760 3.2 5.9 1.4 .3 20.3
Channing Frye 82 82 28.2 .432 .370 .821 5.1 1.2 .7 .8 11.1
Archie Goodwin 52 0 10.3 .455 .139 .673# 1.7 .4 .4 .2 3.7
Gerald Green 82 48 28.4 .445 .400 .848 3.4 1.5 .9 .5 15.8
Viacheslav Kravtsov* 20 0 3.0 .513 .000 .500 .9 .1+ .0 .1 1.0
Olexsiy "Alex" Len 42 3 8.6 .423 .000 .645 2.4+ .1 .1 .4+ 2.0
Marcus Morris 82 1 22.0 .442 .381 .761 3.9+ 1.1 .9 .2+ 9.7
Markieff Morris 81 0 26.6 .486 .315 .792 6.0 1.8 .8 .6 13.8
Miles Plumlee 80 79 24.6 .517 .000 .561 7.8 .5 .6 1.1 8.1
Shavlik Randolph* 14 0 6.8 .500 .000 .545# 1.8 .1 .2 .1 1.4+
Ishmael "Ish" Smith 70 1 14.4 .423 .043 .564 1.8 2.6 .7 .2 3.7
P.J. Tucker 81 81 30.7 .431 .387 .776 6.5 1.7 1.4 .3 9.4

* – Stats with the Suns.
† – Minimum 300 field goals made.
^ – Minimum 55 three-pointers made.
# – Minimum 125 free throws made.
+ – Minimum 70 games played or 800 rebounds, 125 steals, 100 blocks, 1400 points.

Awards and records

Awards

Week and month

  • Power forward Markieff Morris won his first ever Player of the Week award for his improved production that he created while off the bench from the week of November 4–11, 2013, by creating 22.8 points on 69.8% shooting, 8 assists, and 2 steals per game. It's also the first time since Amar'e Stoudemire in 2008 that a Suns player won the Western Conference's Player of the Week award.
  • Coach Jeff Hornacek won his first Coach of the Month award for his 10–3 month with the Suns during December. It was also his first award as a head coach in the NBA.
  • Guard Goran Dragić won his second ever Player of the Week award, as well as the first he received with the Suns by averaging 26.8 points on 63.9% shooting and 69.2% three point shooting, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds while averaging 29.2 minutes per game in all four victories during that week, with two full games having Goran recovering from an elbow injury during their road game against the Milwaukee Bucks from the week of January 27 to February 2, 2014. It is also the first time since the 2006–07 NBA season that the Suns would have more than one player winning the Player of the Week Award, with Steve Nash winning it three times and Amar'e Stoudemire winning it once during that time.[20]

All-Star

Team records

  • Jeff Hornacek became the first Suns head coach to ever start out his season as a new coach with 4 wins and 0 losses at home.
  • The Suns would allow the Cleveland Cavaliers only 6 points in the entire third quarter on January 26, 2014. This ties a record that the Suns would hold a team down a career-low in points during a non-overtime period (with the first two times occurring in February 28, 1999 against the Golden State Warriors and February 21, 2002 against the Memphis Grizzlies, both of which would occur in the fourth quarter).[21]
  • Ishmael "Ish" Smith would provide the team's lowest three-point percentage of players that have attempted 20 or more three-pointers in a season.

Team milestones

  • Their 14-9 start is the best start the Suns had for the regular season in over three years.
    • Continuing their start into a 28–18 record as of January 30, 2013 makes their start also the best they had since the 2007–08 season.
  • During the road trip from January 25–30, 2014, they got their first road trip winning sweep since 2010.
  • The Suns' 30–21 record before the NBA All-Star Weekend begins was the best pre-All-Star Weekend record since the 2007–08 NBA season.
  • Leandro Barbosa would surpass center Neal Walk as the Suns' 15th best scorer of all-time on February 18, 2014. He would score his 6,011th point with a minute left in the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets on the road. He'd only score the two points he made in the first quarter, along with grabbing two rebounds and putting up one assist in a close 112-107 overtime victory over Denver.
  • Goran Dragic's 40 point performance on February 28, 2014 against the New Orleans Pelicans would be the first since Amar'e Stoudemire back in 2010 that a Suns player would record 40 or more points in a single game.
  • Their 41st victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 23, 2014 helped make the Suns get their first .500+ season since the 2011–12 NBA season (or 2009–10 NBA season due to it being the last season with a full schedule at hand).
    • Their 42nd victory they got against the Atlanta Hawks a day later also guaranteed that the Suns would have their first winning season since the 2009–10 NBA season.
  • The Suns' six-game winning streak they had starting with their March 19, 2014 home victory against the Orlando Magic is the longest winning streak the team had since the end of the 2009–10 NBA season.
  • Goran Dragić would surpass center and current assistant head coach Mark West as the Suns' 30th best scorer of all-time on March 28, 2014. He would score his 3,762nd point halfway in the first quarter against the New York Knicks at home. He'd end up scoring 32 points (18 points in the first quarter), along with grabbing two rebounds and put up four assists in a blowout 112-88 victory over New York.
  • Goran Dragić would surpass shooting guard Joe Johnson as the Suns' 29th best scorer of all-time on April 6, 2014. He would score his 3,848th point with 3:50 remaining in the second quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at home. He'd end up scoring 26 points in the entire game (19 points in the second quarter), along with grabbing two rebounds and putting up five assists in a close 122-115 victory over Oklahoma City.

Injuries and personal missed games

  • October 30, 2013: Markieff Morris missed out on the opening game of the regular season due to a one-game suspension related to an incident happening with Serge Ibaka during a preseason game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Emeka Okafor would also miss the entire season due to a neck injury he received during training camp with his former team, the Washington Wizards, on September 18, 2013.[22]
  • November 3, 2013: Goran Dragić injured his left ankle during a third quarter play against the Oklahoma City Thunder. He would miss three more games as a result of the injury. Olexsiy "Alex" Len would also be listed as day-by-day on his progress due to his left ankle rehabilitation. He would miss 7 games with those concerns before returning to play against the Sacramento Kings on November 19, 2013.
  • November 19, 2013: Eric Bledsoe injured his left shin due to a collision with teammate P.J. Tucker during practice. He would miss six games because of it before returning to play on November 29, 2013, against the Utah Jazz.
  • November 20, 2013: Olexsiy "Alex" Len re-injured his left knee after a home game against the Sacramento Kings a day after returning to play. He would miss close to two months worth of games before returning on January 7, 2014, against the Chicago Bulls.
  • December 30, 2013: Eric Bledsoe swelled up his right knee in a collision play against his former team, the Los Angeles Clippers, during the third quarter. His swollen knee later on resulted in a torn meniscus, which left Bledsoe out for two months and a near fortnight. This injury helped influence the Suns to re-sign Leandro Barbosa to the team for the rest of the season. Bledsoe would finally return on March 12, 2014, at a home game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
  • January 15, 2014: Leandro Barbosa was out for two games due to a right shoulder sprain that he'd get after the road game against the New York Knicks. He'd return on January 19, 2014, for his first home game with the Suns in 4 years against the Denver Nuggets immediately after he signed his second 10-day contract.
  • January 23, 2014: Archie Goodwin gets assigned to the Suns' D-League affiliate, the Bakersfield Jam, for two games. Goodwin would return to the Suns for the road game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 26, 2014.
  • February 5, 2014: Archie Goodwin gets assigned to the Bakersfield Jam once again for two more games. Goodwin would return to the Suns on February 10, 2014 before the Suns played against the two-time defending champion Miami Heat at home and the All-Star Weekend began.
  • February 21, 2014: Leandro Barbosa injured his left big toe after their 100-94 home victory against the Boston Celtics. He would miss five games in the process before returning on March 2, 2014, against the Atlanta Hawks.
  • February 26, 2014: Goran Dragić injured his right ankle during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves. He would miss only the last road game against the Utah Jazz before coming back on February 28 against the New Orleans Pelicans.
  • March 4, 2014: Miles Plumlee was out for two games due to an injured knee before coming back in a road game against the Golden State Warriors. This resulted in rookie Olexsiy "Alex" Len to be the team's starting center during their first home game against the Los Angeles Clippers, as well as their first home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder (with Len starting in place of Plumlee for the Warriors game as well before taking over the starting role for the rest of the season). Leandro Barbosa also fractured his right hand during the home game against the Clippers. As a result, Barbosa would miss the rest of his last season with the team.
  • March 12, 2014: P.J. Tucker served a one-game suspension due to an on-court incident involving Blake Griffin in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
  • April 11, 2014: Goran Dragić injured his right ankle during their last match-up against the New Orleans Pelicans. He missed only the last road game against the San Antonio Spurs before he came back a day later against the Dallas Mavericks.

Transactions

Trades

June 27, 2013
To Phoenix Suns
United States Archie Goodwin
United States Malcolm Lee
To Golden State Warriors

Serbia/Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nemanja Nedović

July 2, 2013 Three–team trade
To Los Angeles Clippers
United States Jared Dudley (from Phoenix)
United States J.J. Redick (from Milwaukee)
To Milwaukee Bucks
2014 second round pick (from Toronto via Phoenix)
2017 first round pick (from L.A. Clippers)
To Phoenix Suns
United States Eric Bledsoe (from L.A. Clippers)
United States Caron Butler (from L.A. Clippers)
July 27, 2013
To Phoenix Suns
United States Gerald Green
United States Miles Plumlee
2014 lottery protected first round pick
To Indiana Pacers

Argentina Luis Scola

August 29, 2013
To Phoenix Suns
Ukraine/Soviet Union Viacheslav "Slava" Kravtsov
United States Ishmael "Ish" Smith
To Milwaukee Bucks

United States Caron Butler

October 25, 2013
To Phoenix Suns
United States Chukwuemeka "Emeka" Okafor
2014 Top-12 Protected first round pick
To Washington Wizards
Poland Marcin Gortat
United States Kendall Marshall
United States Shannon Brown
United States Malcolm Lee

Free agents

Additions

Player Signed Former team
Dionte Christmas Signed 2-year deal worth $1.3 million Italy Montepaschi Siena
Leandro Barbosa Signed two 10-day contracts / 1-year contract worth $650,359 Boston Celtics / Washington Wizards / Brazil Esporte Clube Pinheiros / Phoenix Sunsa[›]
Shavlik Randolph Signed 1-year deal worth $306,036 Boston Celtics / China Foshan Dralionsb[›]

^ a: During this season, Barbosa played under the Esporte Clube Pinheiros in the Novo Basquete Brasil league. However, before that time, Barbosa played with the Boston Celtics up until he had a season-ending injury with the team on February 12, 2013. He then got traded to the Washington Wizards nine days later, only to never play a game for them in the process. After his first 10-day contract ended with the Suns, he signed a second 10-day contract immediately afterwards before finally staying on the team for the rest of the season on January 27, 2014.
^ b: Throughout most of this season, Randolph ended up playing for the Foshan Dralions as one of the team's two different foreign players the team's allowed to have during their season. However, before playing in China with Foshan once again, Randolph had played under the Boston Celtics and remained with the team until he was waived on August 1, 2014. Because Foshan was eliminated from playoff contention before Randolph was signed onto the team on March 1, 2014, he did not have to worry about any penalties that might have been received from China.

Subtractions

Player Reason left New team
Hamed Haddadi Waived Iran Foolad Mahan Isfahan / China Sichuan Blue Whales / Iran Mahram Tehranc[›]
Jared Dudley Traded Los Angeles Clippers
Wesley Johnson Unrestricted free agent Los Angeles Lakers
Jermaine O'Neal Unrestricted free agent Golden State Warriors
Luis Scola Traded Indiana Pacers
Alex Oriakhi Signed a new contract France Limoges Cercle Saint-Pierre / Israel Hapoel Holon / Erie BayHawks / Sioux Falls Skyforced[›]
Diante Garrett Unrestricted free agent Oklahoma City Thunder / Tulsa 66ers / Iowa Energy / Utah Jazze[›]
Caron Butler Traded Milwaukee Bucks / Oklahoma City Thunderf[›]
Michael Beasley Waived Miami Heat
Marcin Gortat Traded Washington Wizards
Kendall Marshall Traded / Waived Washington Wizards / Delaware 87ers / Los Angeles Lakersg[›]
Shannon Brown Traded / Waived Washington Wizards / San Antonio Spurs / New York Knicksg[›]
Malcolm Lee Traded / Waived Washington Wizards / Philadelphia 76ers / Delaware 87ersg[›]
Viacheslav "Slava" Kravtsov Waived China Foshan Dralionsh[›]

^ c: During the off-season, Haddadi played for the Iranian Foolad Mahan Isfahan basketball team during the 2013 FIBA Asia Champions Cup in September. The team won the Champions Cup, but his performance ended up gaining interest to the recently Chinese Basketball Association promoted Sichuan Blue Whales, who used to play in the Chinese National Basketball League until winning that basketball league's championship and being promoted by the CBA. He officially signed with Sichuan on September 28, 2013 and continued to play with the team until the end of the 2013–14 CBA season. After his season with Sichuan ended, which included a respectable first season CBA record for a new team, Haddadi decided to return to his home nation once again to play for Mahram Tehran at the Iranian Super League on February 19, 2014 for the rest of the season.
^ d: Second-round rookie Alex Oriakhi decided to sign with the French Limoges Cercle Saint-Pierre team on July 31, 2013, after having a lackluster showcase on the Suns' Summer League team. However, after playing in France for a few games, Oriakhi decided to leave Limoges on November 8, 2013. Three days later, Oriakhi decided to play for the Israeli team known as Hapoel Holon. Oriakhi would continue to play in Israel until December 21, 2013 where he decided to return to the U.S.A. to play for the D-League's Erie BayHawks in Erie, Pennsylvania. He'd continue to play in Erie until February 7, 2014 where he got traded to the Sioux Falls Skyforce in South Dakota. Even though Oriakhi is currently playing basketball for the Miami Heat's D-League affiliate, his NBA rights are still retained by the Phoenix Suns.
^ e: On August 30, 2013, Diante Garrett signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder as a means of trying to make it to their roster. However, while Garrett did end up playing for the Thunder, he was ultimately waived by the Thunder before the NBA's regular season began on October 25. Garrett then signed up for the D-League's Tulsa 66ers on Halloween and then was traded to the Iowa Energy the next day (while not officially playing for either team as well) before finally playing for the Utah Jazz on November 13, 2013.
^ f: Even though Caron Butler never played with the Suns, he still wound up being a part of the team for around 6-7 weeks before being traded to his hometown team in the Milwaukee Bucks. Butler would continue to end up playing for the Bucks until he got waived on February 27, 2014. He'd end up signing onto the Oklahoma City Thunder four days later on March 1, 2014.
^ g: In the trade in which the Suns sent Kendall Marshall, Shannon Brown, and Malcolm Lee to the Washington Wizards, all three of those players were waived by the team immediately afterwards. Therefore, while each of those players was traded to the Wizards alongside Marcin Gortat, only Gortat stayed on their roster once the trade came to pass. Marshall would end up playing for the Delaware 87ers in the D-League on December 3, 2013 before signing a multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on December 19, 2013, while Brown would end up signing two 10-day contracts to play for the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs (while also waiving shooting guard and former Phoenix Suns training camp candidate Othyus Jeffers from their team) on February 1, 2014, only to then get waived after finishing his second 10-day contract with San Antonio on February 21, 2014, and then signing with the New York Knicks alongside former Suns player Earl Clark on February 26, 2014, before officially staying with the Knicks for the rest of the year on March 20, 2014, after successfully completing his second 10-day contract on March 10, 2014; Malcolm Lee would miss the entire 2013–14 NBA season being making an agreement to play with the Philadelphia 76ers on September 24, 2014 before being cut after the pre-season ended on October 25, 2014, and then sign with the affiliated Delaware 87ers in the D-League on November 3, 2014, before returning with the 76ers on December 5, 2014 to play an official game for them before being waived six days later when the 76ers traded Brandon Davies to the Brooklyn Nets for Andrei Kirilenko, Jorge Gutiérrez, and a 2020 second round pick (he'd end up playing with the 87ers again two days later and remained there until January 30, 2015).
^ h: Throughout the rest of the season, Viacheslav "Slava" Kravtsov did not sign with a new team in either the NBA or in an international country, regardless of whether it's in his home nation of Ukraine or a new nation altogether. In the summer, however, he did participate in Ukraine's first ever FIBA World Championship in 2014. On September 16, 2014, Kravtsov signed a new contract to play for the Foshan Dralions (which would later be officially named the Foshan Long-Lions by the time Kravtsov signed with them) of the Chinese Basketball Association (which coincidentally enough was his replacement's former team before signing with the Suns late in the season).

See also

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