The 2017–18 Phoenix Suns season was the 50th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), as well as their 25th season at the Talking Stick Resort Arena. It was also their third season in five in which the Suns earned a top-five draft pick in the NBA Draft, which became the second straight year of gaining the #4 pick in Josh Jackson.
Three games into the season, head coach Earl Watson was fired. Guard Eric Bledsoe implied he wanted out of Phoenix and was barred from playing with the team by general manager Ryan McDonough and fined $10,000. Under interim head coach Jay Triano, the Suns started 4–1 after suspending Bledsoe. The Suns later traded Bledsoe to the Milwaukee Bucks on November 7, 2017 in exchange for center Greg Monroe and two protected draft picks. After dealing with point guard problems and injuries, the Suns traded for Elfrid Payton on February 8, 2018, in exchange for a second round pick they had previously acquired.
|2017–18 Phoenix Suns season|
|Head coach||Earl Watson|
Jay Triano (interim)
|General manager||Ryan McDonough|
|Arena||Talking Stick Resort Arena|
|Place||Division: 5th (Pacific)|
Conference: 15th (Western)
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
|Television||Fox Sports Arizona|
|1||4||Josh Jackson||Small Forward||United States||Kansas|
|2||32||Davon Reed||Shooting Guard||United States||Miami (FL)|
|2||54||Alec Peters||Power Forward||United States||Valparaiso|
The Phoenix Suns entered the draft with only one first round pick and two second round picks this season. Their first round pick was their second straight pick at #4, despite having the second-best odds at the #1 pick that year. That draft later resulted in the Top 4 selections having the same teams representing the top of the draft similar to the previous year's draft. Meanwhile, their first second round pick was given to them for having the second-worst record of the season last season despite having a better record than their previous season. Their own second round pick was also used in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks during the 2017 trade deadline in exchange for the rights to Mike Scott, the draft rights to Turkish shooting guard/small forward Cenk Akyol, and some cash considerations worth $500,000, although it wasn't conveyed to Atlanta due to their second round pick(s) remaining in the top 55 of this year's draft. Finally, their second (and final) second round pick was given to them by the Toronto Raptors for trading defensive small forward P.J. Tucker to them that same day in exchange for their second round picks in 2017 & 2018, as well as the rights to Jared Sullinger and cash considerations worth $1,000,000. The Raptors' second round pick won the tiebreaker over both the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Clippers (who originally held Picks 55 & 56 respectively that draft), but ultimately lost out to the Boston Celtics for pick 53 that year. Speaking of which, the Suns were also initially planned to get the Minnesota Timberwolves' second round selection for this year, but traded it away in a different trade with the Boston Celtics (back when it was still considered to be a first round draft pick) in order to get Brandan Wright on the team under the same season they first acquired Isaiah Thomas. In addition to that, the Los Angeles Lakers' first round pick that had belonged to the Suns before the 2014–15 season came and went was originally perceived to be conveyed to the Philadelphia 76ers this year, but the Lakers still wound up with pick #2 again to keep their pick for this season; that 2018 pick could later be potentially given to the Boston Celtics in order for them to trade away their #1 pick this year to Philadelphia.
With the fourth pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the Suns selected freshman small forward Josh Jackson from the University of Kansas. During his only season with Kansas, Jackson showcased his talent. In the 35 games Josh played with the Jayhawks, he recorded averages of 16.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.7 steals, and 1.1 blocks per game while also earning the Big 12 Conference's Freshman of the Year Award, First Team All-Big 12 honors, and mixed honors with the NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans; more specifically, he'd get Second Team honors from the Sporting News, while he had Third Team honors from the Associated Press and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Meanwhile, with the Suns' first second round pick, they selected senior shooting guard Davon Reed from the University of Miami in Florida. Throughout his career in Miami, Florida, Reed managed to provide career averages of 10.3 points and 3.6 rebounds per game, but managed his best work as a senior with 14.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Davon's considered handiwork, however, comes on the defensive end, as he managed to earn All-ACC Defensive Team honors in 2017 alongside being a member of the All-ACC Third Team and holding great academics throughout his college career. Finally, with the last second round pick, Phoenix selected power forward Alec Peters from Valparaiso University. Under Alec's last season at Valparaiso, he became one of only two players to record over 20 points and 10 rebounds per game in the NCAA's Division I with 23.0 points and 10.1 rebounds per game recorded for them in his senior year (with the other player being senior power forward/center Tim Kempton Jr., son of former Suns player Tim Kempton Sr., from Lehigh University). As a result, Peters won named the Horizon League Men's Basketball Player of the Year in 2017. He also was named the Horizon League Tournament's MVP in 2015, an Academics All-American First Team member in 2017, became a three-time member of the All-Horizon League First Team from 2015-2017, and was even twice mentioned as an honorable mention for the Associated Press' All-American Teams. Like first round pick Josh Jackson, Alec Peters was also named a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches' All-American Third Team in 2017 himself. Peters was originally projected to be a late-first round pick before his right leg injury near the end of his senior season led to his draft stock slipping to the late second round; he also became the team's second two-way contract of the season on September 18 (first contract being Mike James), meaning he'd split his playing time between the Phoenix Suns and their NBA G League affiliate, the Northern Arizona Suns, for the vast majority of the season.
This season, the only player on the Suns set to become an unrestricted free agent as of the end of the 2016–17 NBA season was the twice-returned Ronnie Price. However, for restricted free agents, both centers Alex Len and Alan Williams were given qualifying offers on June 27, 2017, and could have opportunities to remain with the team if the Suns wanted to keep both of them. T.J. Warren also stayed for a longer period of time, signing a four-year deal worth $50 million on September 25, 2017. In addition, veteran guard Leandro Barbosa and small forwards Derrick Jones Jr. and Elijah Millsap, all have team options for another season, with the latter two having them near the mid-season deadline on January 7, 2018, although neither player got to that point in time. Alan Williams also qualified for the NBA's Early Bird rights due to previously debuting late in the 2015–16 NBA season and essentially signing a two-year deal around that time. This season also marks the first season where NBA teams get to add 16 or even 17 players to their official roster using two-way contracts, which allows NBA teams to add players with less than three full years of NBA experience to enter the league with the condition of staying on their NBA G League team for the majority of the season for higher salaries than they could otherwise get in the recently rebranded league.
Summer League invite Mike James, a point guard who previously went to Eastern Arizona College and a Greek Basket League star with the Panathinikos Superfoods, announced prior to free agency that he would try to earn a two-way contract. On July 2, the Suns gave Alan Williams a four-year deal worth around $24 million to stay with his hometown team. A day later, the Suns renounced their rights to Leandro Barbosa making him a free agent in the process. Mike James also officially signed a deal with the Suns the same day they announced their team for the 2017 NBA Summer League. After originally being offered a four-year deal worth $24 million from the Suns, Williams officially received a three-year partially guaranteed deal worth $17 million on July 9 and signed it on July 26. A day before Williams signed with the Suns, however, it was reported that Brandon Knight tore his ACL during a pickup game in Florida. With the announcement of Knight's ACL injury causing him to be out for most of the season, the Suns qualified to have an additional $6.8 million to spend as a disabled player exception, likely extending their roster to 18 players at some point this season. The roster potentially required that extra player again on August 25 with the announcement of rookie shooting guard Davon Reed being out for four to six months due to surgery on his left meniscus and then on September 22 with center/power forward Alan Williams being out for a currently undetermined time with a partially torn meniscus of his own. A day before his teammate got injured, though, the Suns signed their other center, Alex Len, to a one-year qualifying offer worth $4.2 million to remain on their squad. On November 11, 2017, it was announced that Leandro Barbosa would return to his native land of Brazil for a second time, this time being a part of the Franca Basquetebol Clube. Ronnie Price ultimately was the only player from last season's roster to not play at all entering this season.
On August 22, 2017, the Suns signed former Iowa University shooting guard Peter Jok to a partially guaranteed deal to prove his worth in training camp. On September 11, it was originally announced that the Suns signed shooting guard and former first round draft pick R.J. Hunter as a possible temporary replacement for injured rookie Davon Reed. It was later reported from The Arizona Republic on that same day that Hunter alongside shooting guards Isaiah Canaan, Andre Dawkins, and Northern Arizona Suns' player Xavier Silas had all come to Phoenix for workouts, but none of them received a training camp offer with the Suns. On September 22, after Len's agreement was announced, former 2013 NBA Draft number-one pick Anthony Bennett was confirmed as a partially guaranteed training camp deal player alongside Peter Jok. Furthermore, that same day also lead to them gaining Troy Daniels from a trade to help shore up the shooting guard spot. Furthermore, on the same day Alex Len officially signed his qualifying offer (and Alan Williams had successful surgery on his meniscus), it was confirmed that T. J. Warren signed a four-year contract extension with the Suns worth $50 million. On October 11, the Suns cut Peter Jok and Anthony Bennett before their final preseason game against the Portland Trail Blazers began. Two days later, before their actual last preseason game began against the Brisbane Bullets from Australia, the Suns signed a French power forward from Canada named Tidjan Keita. All of these players were part of the Northern Arizona Suns G League squad instead, with both Keita and Elijah Millsap being cut a day later (Millsap was later traded to the Iowa Wolves after being cut by Phoenix via the Northern Arizona squad for the #1 pick in the 2017 NBA G League Draft).
On December 7, 2017, after point guard Mike James finished the last day of his original two-way contract with Phoenix, he'd be retained by them with a full-blown contract, albeit at the price of being forced to waive small forward Derrick Jones Jr. earlier than expected. On the same day, after a loss to the Washington Wizards, the Suns signed Danuel House to a two-way contract, filling up the spot originally held for Mike James earlier in the year. However, Phoenix used their disabled player's injury exception to sign recent Northern Arizona Suns and former Houston Rockets combo guard Isaiah Canaan on December 13, 2017, with the tipping point involving star shooting guard Devin Booker being out for a few weeks. Isaiah was previously acquired by the Northern Arizona Suns trading their 2018 first round pick to the Agua Caliente Clippers expansion squad for him. Canaan stayed with Phoenix even after Devin Booker returned from his injury by converting his deal into a standard one year, veteran's minimum contract, while the Suns waived former two-way contracted point guard Mike James from the team on December 22, 2017. However, after Canaan fractured his tibula on the same day they officially waived center Greg Monroe from the team (January 31), the Suns signed Northern Arizona Suns point guard Josh Gray to a 10-day contract a day later. In the aftermath of the February 8, 2018 NBA trade deadline, the Suns were forced to waive Isaiah Canaan (with him still receiving his full salary for the year) in order to gain Elfrid Payton in their trade with the Orlando Magic in exchange for a second round pick from Memphis. However, Canaan still got paid the full salary for the season and use the team's facilities to help his body recover from his season-ending injury. Meanwhile, Josh Gray signed his second 10-day contract with Phoenix on February 11, although he was waived on February 21 (with his contract expiring that day) with fellow Northern Arizona Suns player Shaquille Harrison signing his own 10-day contract that day. Harrison signed his second 10-day contract on March 3 before signing a multi-year contract with Phoenix on March 13.
On September 22, 2017, the same day they had former #1 pick Anthony Bennett join their training camp roster, the Suns traded their own top-55 protected second round pick to the Memphis Grizzlies (which wasn't be conveyed to Memphis) in exchange for shooting guard Troy Daniels and a second round pick of their own, which was the middle choice between the Charlotte Hornets, Memphis, and the Miami Heat (which ultimately became Charlotte's second round pick). A month later, before the Suns fired head coach Earl Watson, star point guard Eric Bledsoe released a Tweet on Twitter saying he didn't want to be with the team. As a result of that tweet, he was sent home for the disruption. Teams that had talked with the Suns for their disgruntled star point guard included the Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks, and Cleveland Cavaliers. While waiting for a potential trade, they eventually let Bledsoe return for practices with the squad, but didn't allow him to play in games. Ultimately, a trade with the Milwaukee Bucks was made November 7, 2017. In that deal, the Suns received center Greg Monroe (who was on an expiring contract), a protected first round pick that'd be conveyed in 2018 (if it was at picks #11-16; 2019 if it's at picks #4-18; 2020 if it's at picks #8-30; or 2021 as a fully unprotected pick, and a second round pick that was conveyed to Phoenix if it was at picks #48-60 or be conveyed to the Brooklyn Nets later on by the end of the season; and Greg Monroe was waived by having his contract be bought out on January 31, 2018. Finally, on the February 8, 2018 trade deadline, the Suns traded the Charlotte Hornets' second round pick they previously acquired from the Troy Daniels deal in exchange for point guard Elfrid Payton from the Orlando Magic for at least the rest of the season.
While general manager Ryan McDonough was originally confirmed to remain as the team's general manager and President of Basketball Operations on April 19, 2017 for at least one more season, he was given a contract extension to remain for both roles throughout the end of the decade on July 19, 2017. While McDonough never lead the team to the playoffs throughout his original tenure (having a winning season only in his first year as general manager and being named the runner-up for the NBA Executive of the Year that year), what won him over was the youth movement that he arranged.. Furthermore, on that same day, it was announced that former Suns player and three-time NBA Finals champion small forward/shooting guard James Jones was the new Vice President of Basketball Operations, to oversee basketball matters for the team like upcoming draft picks, trades, and free agency moves.
On October 22, 2017, after having two of some of the worst losses in franchise history to start the season, the Suns fired head coach Earl Watson. That same day, the Suns hired Canadian associate head coach Jay Triano to be interim head coach for the rest of the season. Later on that day, the Suns also fired assistant coaches Nate Bjorkgren, Mehmet Okur, and Jason Fraser. A day later, it was announced that the head coach of the Northern Arizona Suns affiliate team, Tyrone Ellis, was named as one of the new assistant coaches, with Marlon Garnett also being promoted as a full-time assistant coach that same day. However, Tyrone wasn't officially called over until October 24, 2017, alongside Northern Arizona Suns assistant coaches Bret Burchard and Brandon Rosenthal taking over some of the vacant coaching spots for the Phoenix Suns (with Tyler Gatlin being left to take over as the head coach for the G League squad for the preseason before returning as assistant (and later associate) coach for Cody Toppert's new coaching staff for Northern Arizona's regular season). For Northern Arizona, they found their newest assistant coaches to join Tyler Gatlin on November 20 with Nick Friedman and two-time former Phoenix Suns (and one-time Bakersfield Jam player back when the Northern Arizona squad was called that) center Earl Barron joining that newly completed coaching staff for the season. During the season, Phoenix also looked to target potential new coaching candidates, including former Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale, former Suns and current (at the time) Utah Jazz assistant coach Igor Kokoškov, and Villanova University head coach Jay Wright around the conclusion of the season. In fact, on March 23, 2018, it was confirmed by general manager Ryan McDonough that the team has begun their coaching search earlier than anticipated.
|2017–18 Phoenix Suns roster|
|T. J. Warren||$3,152,930|
|Danuel House Jr.||$75,000|
This season was the first season since the 2011–12 season where the Suns no longer paid for the contract they gave to Michael Beasley, since they paid the total amount needed to remove him on their roster on September 3, 2013. However, after waiving Leandro Barbosa, the Suns still owed him about $500,000 of guaranteed money. Similarly, because the Suns waived both Derrick Jones Jr. and Mike James earlier than anticipated, they'd only receive $385,625 and around $250,000 of guaranteed money this season respectively. The Suns also bought out Greg Monroe's contract for the year, which cost $17,884,176 for this season only (with Phoenix receiving $1,500,000 back after Greg signed his new deal with the Boston Celtics), as well as give Isaiah Canaan his full salary of $1,069,308 after he was waived. Furthermore, because of the sliding scale, the newly implemented two-way contracts, earning as little as $75,000 and about as much as $279,000 in a season, depending on where they play under a majority of their time, players like Mike James at the time, late second round rookie Alec Peters, and Danuel House did not affect their salary cap, regardless of how much they get paid for throughout the season.
This pre-season marked the first pre-season where the number of games was intentionally shortened for the purpose of better quality control as the season continued onward, going from the usual 7-8 games to 5 games. It was also announced on July 31 that the Suns would play a preseason game against the Brisbane Bullets from the NBL in Australia on October 13 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena. Their official preseason schedule was announced a day later, with the only other NBA teams the Suns being the Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz both on the road and at home. While the Suns started and closed the preseason out strongly, they had a tough time in the middle of it, ending the preseason with a 2–3 record.
|2017 pre-season game log|
Total: 2–3 (Home: 1–2; Road: 1–1)
Pre-season: 2–3 (Home: 1–2; Road: 1–1)
|2017–18 season schedule|
According to a Twitter leak on the Los Angeles Clippers' home schedule, it revealed that the Phoenix Suns would play the Clippers at the Staples Center on October 21 and December 20, 2017; the former date being the first game the Clippers will play on their home court. Phoenix's full schedule was be released on August 14, 2017.
|y – Golden State Warriors||58||24||.707||0.0||29–12||29–12||13–3||82|
|Los Angeles Clippers||42||40||.512||16.0||22–19||20–21||12–4||82|
|Los Angeles Lakers||35||47||.427||23.0||20–21||15–26||6–10||82|
|1||z – Houston Rockets *||65||17||.793||–||82|
|2||y – Golden State Warriors *||58||24||.707||7.0||82|
|3||y – Portland Trail Blazers *||49||33||.598||16.0||82|
|4||x – Oklahoma City Thunder||48||34||.585||17.0||82|
|5||x – Utah Jazz||48||34||.585||17.0||82|
|6||x – New Orleans Pelicans||48||34||.585||17.0||82|
|7||x – San Antonio Spurs||47||35||.573||18.0||82|
|8||x – Minnesota Timberwolves||47||35||.573||18.0||82|
|10||Los Angeles Clippers||42||40||.512||23.0||82|
|11||Los Angeles Lakers||35||47||.427||30.0||82|
|2017–18 game log|
Total: 21–61 (Home: 10–31; Road: 11–30)
October: 3–4 (Home: 2–2; Road: 1–2)
November : 5–11 (Home: 2–7; Road: 3–4)
December : 6–8 (Home: 2–4; Road: 4–4)
January : 4–10 (Home: 3–3; Road: 1–7)
February : 1–10 (Home: 0–6; Road: 1–4)
March : 0–14 (Home: 0–6; Road: 0–8)
April : 2–3 (Home: 1–2; Road: 1–1)
|2017–18 season schedule|
|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|
|Danuel House Jr.||23||3||17.5||.434||.259||.806||3.3||1.1||0.3||0.3||6.6|
|Derrick Jones Jr.*||6||0||5.5||.500||.000||.833||0.7||0.5||0.2||0.7||1.5|
|Oleksiy "Alex" Len||69||13||20.2||.566||.333||.684||7.5||1.2||0.4||0.9||8.5|
|T. J. Warren||65||65||33.0||.498||.222||.757||5.1||1.3||1.0||0.6||19.6|
* – Stats with the Suns.
|September 22, 2017
||To Phoenix Suns
||To Memphis Grizzlies|
|November 7, 2017
||To Phoenix Suns
||To Milwaukee Bucks|
|February 8, 2018
||To Phoenix Suns
||To Orlando Magic|
|Alan Williams||Signed 3-year partially guaranteed deal worth $17 Million||July 27, 2017|
|Oleksiy "Alex" Len||Signed 1-year qualifying offer worth $4.2 Million||September 25, 2017|
|T.J. Warren||Signed 4-year contract extension worth $50 Million||September 26, 2017|
|Mike James||Re-signed for a 1-year non-guaranteed deal worth $580,607a[›]||December 7, 2017|
|Mike James||Originally signed two-way contract around $235,008a[›]||Panathinaikos Athens Superfoods B.C.|
|Danuel House Jr.||Signed two-way contract worth around $75,000–$204,000b[›]||Houston Rockets / Rio Grande Valley Vipersc[›]|
|Isaiah Canaan||Signed 1-year disabled player's exception worth $1,069,308d[›]||Houston Rockets / Northern Arizona Sunse[›]|
|Josh Gray||Signed two 10-day contracts worth $92,160||Northern Arizona Suns|
|Shaquille Harrison||Signed two 10-day contracts / 2-year deal worth $1,608,642f[›]||Northern Arizona Suns|
^ a: Mike James initially signed with the Suns as their first ever two-way contract, which was first implemented by the NBA this season. Originally, James could only earn as much as $235,008 under that deal due to the fact that he had no interest in playing for anyone in the NBA G League. However, he later signed a full-scale deal with the Suns after his two-way contract expired on December 9, 2017 to earn $580,607 minimum for the year due to the fact that two-way contracts earned less pay when compared to other NBA players, including those that get called up directly from the NBA G League to the NBA.
^ b: After Mike James concluded his original two-way contract with the Suns, the team decided to sign former Washington Wizards player, Houston Rockets trainee, and Rio Grande Valley Vipers player Danuel House Jr. to his own two-way contract. However, because he signed one later in the season, his days playing in the NBA were much shorter, which also meant a shorter payscale for House by comparison.
^ c: Danuel House Jr. was previously a player for the Houston Rockets' training camp squad before being transferred to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers at the start of the season.
^ d: Isaiah Canaan originally signed a short-term disabled player's exception once star shooting Devin Booker got hurt in the month of December. However, due to his surprisingly positive performances during that time, Canaan signed a full-length contract around Devin Booker's return on January 7, 2017.
^ e: During this season, Isaiah Canaan played for the Houston Rockets before being waived in the month of November. A month later, Canaan signed a short-term deal to play for the new expansion Agua Caliente Clippers, but the Agua Caliente squad traded him to the Northern Arizona Suns before having a chance to play a game for them. However, Canaan played one single game for the Northern Arizona Suns before being called back up into the NBA.
^ f: Originally, Shaquille Harrison signed only two 10-day contracts with the Phoenix Suns, similar to that of his former teammate, Josh Gray. However, when Harrison surprised the team with his defensive abilities, the Phoenix Suns gave him a partially guaranteed two-year deal for $1,608,642 on March 13, 2018.
|Player||Reason left||New team|
|Leandro Barbosa||Waived||Franca Basquetebol Clube|
|Ronnie Price||Free Agent / Waived||N/A (Retired)g[›]|
|Elijah Millsap||Waived||Northern Arizona Suns / Iowa Wolvesh[›]|
|Eric Bledsoe||Traded||Milwaukee Bucks|
|Derrick Jones Jr.||Waivedi[›]||Northern Arizona Suns / Miami Heat / Sioux Falls Skyforcej[›]|
|Mike James||Waivedk[›]||New Orleans Pelicans / Panathinaikos Athens Superfoods B.C.l[›]|
|Greg Monroe||Waived / Bought out contractm[›]||Boston Celtics|
|Isaiah Canaan||Waivedn[›]||Phoenix Sunso[›]|
|Josh Gray||Second 10-day contract expired / Waivedp[›]||Northern Arizona Suns|
^ g: Ronnie Price did not sign with any team during the season. During the 2018–19 NBA season, he returned to the Suns as scout for the team and he retirement as a player in the league.
^ h: After being the last cut in training camp before the regular season began, Elijah Millsap was considered eligible to return to the Northern Arizona Suns after being waived from the parent team. However, before the start of the 2017–18 NBA G League season, Millsap was traded to the Iowa Wolves where he remained for the rest of the season.
^ i: To make room for Mike James once his two-way contract expired, they waived Derrick Jones Jr.
^ j: Derrick Jones Jr. played for the Northern Arizona Suns for the rest of 2017 before signing a two-way contract with the Miami Heat on December 31, 2017. On the Miami contract, he split time between the Miami Heat and the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA G League for the rest of early 2018, mostly with Sioux Falls.
^ k: When Devin Booker returned from injury, the Suns waived Mike Jones.
^ l: Mike James had signed another two-way contract with the New Orleans Pelicans before the January 15, 2018, deadline for two-way contract signees, but ultimately requested a waiver from the Pelicans and returned to Greece with the Panathinaikos Athens Superfoods B.C. for the rest of the season.
^ m: Greg Monroe was bought out from his contract on January 31, 2018.
^ n: After fracturing his tibia, Canaan remained with the team before the season's trade deadline concluded. Once the Suns traded for Elfrid Payton, Canaan was waived from the team on February 8, 2018.
^ o: Canaan briefly returned to the Phoenix Suns for the start of the following season on August 3, 2018.
^ p: Josh Gray signed a second 10-day contract on February 11, 2018, but was waived near the end of his original 10-day contract in order to sign his former Northern Arizona teammate Shaquille Harrison.
|Player||Duration||Reason for Missed Time||Games Missed|
|Jared Dudley||June 23, 2017||October 23, 2017||Required surgery on a left toe bone and ligament.||3|
|Brandon Knight||July 20, 2017||The Entire Season||Accidentally tore his ACL while playing a pickup game in Florida.||82|
|Davon Reed||August 25, 2017||January 14, 2018||Needed surgery on a torn left meniscus.||43|
|Alan Williams||September 22, 2017||March 26, 2018||Partially tore his right meniscus during practice.||74|
|Alex Len||October 14, 2017||October 20, 2017||Sprained left ankle during practice.||1|
|Eric Bledsoe||October 23, 2017||November 7, 2017 (Traded)||Sent home after subtlety demanding a trade via Twitter.||8|
|Alec Peters||October 23, 2017||January 12, 2018||Assigned to the Northern Arizona Suns by Phoenix via two-way contract.||39|
|Jared Dudley||October 25, 2017||November 5, 2017||Training to get back into proper game shape.||5|
|Derrick Jones Jr.||November 7, 2017||November 24, 2017||Assigned to the Northern Arizona Suns by Phoenix.||8|
|Greg Monroe||November 7, 2017||November 16, 2017||Had a sore left calf on October 26 back when he played in Milwaukee.||4|
|Tyson Chandler||November 8, 2017||November 11, 2017||Was dealing with back spasms at the time.||2|
|Jared Dudley||November 11, 2017||November 24, 2017||Sprained right knee in the fourth quarter during the home Orlando game.||6|
|Tyson Chandler||November 16, 2017||November 22, 2017||Had an illness.||3|
|Devin Booker||November 26, 2017||November 28, 2017||Had an inflamed right big toe.||1|
|Devin Booker||December 5, 2017||December 26, 2017||Sprained adductor in fourth quarter against Toronto.||9|
|Danuel House||December 26, 2017||January 5, 2018||Hurt his right foot against Minnesota.||5|
|Jared Dudley||January 2, 2018||January 7, 2018||Had an illness entering the new year.||3|
|T.J. Warren||January 5, 2018||January 7, 2018||Acquired an illness after the road Denver game.||1|
|Isaiah Canaan||January 5, 2018||January 14, 2018||Tore his left adductor during the road Denver game.||3|
|Marquese Chriss||January 7, 2018||January 26, 2018||Strained right hip in second quarter against Oklahoma City.||6|
|Josh Jackson||January 12, 2018||January 14, 2018||Strained right hip during off day practicing.||1|
|T.J. Warren||January 14, 2018||January 19, 2018||Got sore back after the home Houston game.||2|
|Alex Len||January 24, 2018||January 29, 2018||Got sore right ankle during the road Milwaukee game.||2|
|Devin Booker||January 28, 2018||January 31, 2018||Had a rib contusion in the fourth quarter of the road Houston game.||1|
|Marquese Chriss||January 28, 2018||January 31, 2018||Sprained left ankle during the road Houston game.||1|
|Alex Len||January 31, 2018||February 4, 2018||Flared up ankle injury after road Memphis game.||2|
|Isaiah Canaan||January 31, 2018||The Rest of The Season||Fractured his tibula near the end of the first quarter against Dallas.||30|
|Marquese Chriss||February 3, 2018||February 6, 2018||Suspended for arguing with an assistant coach after the home Utah game.||1|
|Devin Booker||February 4, 2018||February 14, 2018||Hurt left hip during fourth quarter in home Charlotte game.||4|
|Tyson Chandler||February 6, 2018||February 12, 2018||Hurt his neck after the road Los Angeles Lakers game.||2|
|Tyler Ulis||February 7, 2018||February 14, 2018||Hurt his back during the home San Antonio game.||2|
|Tyson Chandler||February 14, 2018||March 4, 2018||Neck continued to hurt him after the All-Star break.||6|
|Tyler Ulis||February 23, 2018||March 10, 2018||Back continued hurting after the All-Star break.||8|
|T.J. Warren||February 28, 2018||March 2, 2018||Hurt his tailbone during the road New Orleans game.||1|
|Troy Daniels||March 5, 2018||March 8, 2018||Hyperextended his right knee before playing the home Miami game.||1|
|T.J. Warren||March 8, 2018||March 13, 2018||Had a sore back during the home Miami game.||2|
|Josh Jackson||March 10, 2018||March 13, 2018||Hurt left knee during road Oklahoma City game.||1|
|Devin Booker||March 10, 2018||March 13, 2018||Strained left triceps after road Oklahoma City game.||1|
|Tyson Chandler||March 13, 2018||The Rest of The Season||Neck continued hurting him alongside shoulder.||14|
|Devin Booker||March 17, 2018||The Rest of The Season||Hand hurt him badly before home Golden State game.||12|
|T.J. Warren||March 20, 2018||The Rest of The Season||Injured hand after home Golden State game.||11|
|Elfrid Payton||March 28, 2018||The Rest of The Season||Got left knee tendenitis during home Boston game.||7|
|Alex Len||March 28, 2018||April 3, 2018||Tweaked ankle during home Boston game.||3|
|Alan Williams||April 6, 2018||The Rest of The Season||Got discomfort during home Sacramento game.||3|
|Marquese Chriss||April 8, 2018||The Rest of The Season||Experienced hip pain after home New Orleans game.||2|
|Josh Jackson||April 8, 2018||The Rest of The Season||Hurt his quadricep during the home New Orleans game.||2|
|Troy Daniels||April 10, 2018||April 10, 2018||Sprained his ankle during the home Golden State game.||1|
2017–18 NBA season by team