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Mike D'Antoni was the head coach of the Suns from 2004 to 2008.

The Phoenix Suns are an American professional basketball team based in Phoenix, Arizona. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA).[1] Founded in 1968, the Suns are chronologically the second-oldest team in the Western Conference. The Suns are also chronologically the third-oldest team in the NBA to have never won a NBA Championship while having played in the NBA Finals at least once.[2][3] The Suns play their home games at the US Airways Center.[1]

The Phoenix Suns franchise have had 14 head coaches. John MacLeod is the franchise's all-time leader in coaching and winning the most regular-season and playoff games.[4] Cotton Fitzsimmons and Mike D'Antoni are the only coaches to have won the NBA Coach of the Year Award with the Suns. The Suns have never been coached by a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. Paul Westphal has the highest all-time winning percentage with the Suns with a .685 winning percentage.[5] Alvin Gentry is currently the head coach after Terry Porter was dismissed by the Suns.[6]

Contents

Key

General
# Number of coaches[a]
* Spent entire NBA head coaching career with the Suns
Regular-season
GC Games coached
W Wins
L Losses
Win% Winning percentage
Playoffs
PGC Games coached
PW Wins
PL Losses
PWin% Winning percentage

Coaches

Terry Porter coached the Suns for the first 51 games of the 2008–09 season.

Note: Statistics are correct through the 2008–09 season.

# Name Term[b] GC W L Win% PGC PW PL PWin% Achievements Reference
&0000000000000001.0000001 Kerr, JohnnyJohnny Kerr 19681969 120 31 89 .258 [7]
&0000000000000002.0000002 Colangelo, JerryJerry Colangelo* 1970 44 24 20 .545 7 3 4 .429 [8]
&0000000000000003.0000003 Fitzsimmons, CottonCotton Fitzsimmons 19701972 164 97 67 .591 [9]
&0000000000000004.0000004 van Breda Kolff, ButchButch van Breda Kolff 1972 7 3 4 .429 [10]
&0000000000000005.000000 Colangelo, JerryJerry Colangelo* 1972–1973 75 35 40 .467 [8]
&0000000000000006.0000005 MacLeod, JohnJohn MacLeod 19731987 1122 579 543 .516 81 37 44 .457 [4]
&0000000000000007.0000006 Van Arsdale, DickDick Van Arsdale* 1987 26 14 12 .538 [11]
&0000000000000008.0000007 Wetzel, JohnJohn Wetzel* 1987–1988 82 28 54 .341 [12]
&0000000000000009.000000 Fitzsimmons, CottonCotton Fitzsimmons 19881992 328 217 111 .662 40 21 19 .525 1988–89 NBA Coach of the Year[13] [9]
&0000000000000010.0000008 Westphal, PaulPaul Westphal 19921996 279 191 88 .685 44 25 19 .568 [5]
&0000000000000011.000000 Fitzsimmons, CottonCotton Fitzsimmons 1996 49 27 22 .551 4 1 3 .250 [9]
&0000000000000012.0000009 Ainge, DannyDanny Ainge* 19961999 226 136 90 .602 12 3 9 .250 [14]
&0000000000000013.00000010 Skiles, ScottScott Skiles 19992002 195 116 79 .595 13 5 8 .385 [15]
&0000000000000014.00000011 Johnson, FrankFrank Johnson* 20022003 134 63 71 .470 6 2 4 .333 [16]
&0000000000000015.00000012 D'Antoni, MikeMike D'Antoni 20032008 389 253 136 .650 51 26 25 .510 2004–05 NBA Coach of the Year[13] [17]
&0000000000000016.00000013 Porter, TerryTerry Porter 2008–2009 51 28 23 .549 [18]
&0000000000000017.00000014 Gentry, AlvinAlvin Gentry 2009–present 31 18 13 .581 [19]

Notes

  • a  A running total of the number of coaches of the Suns. Thus, any coach who has two or more separate terms as head coach is only counted once.
  • b  Each year is linked to an article about that particular NBA season.

References

General
Specific
  1. ^ a b "Phoenix Suns History Index". National Basketball Association. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. http://www.nba.com/suns/history/history_index.html. Retrieved July 23, 2008.  
  2. ^ "A Chronology of the Teams in the NBA". National Basketball Association. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. http://www.nba.com/celtics/history/NBATeamsChronology.html. Retrieved July 23, 2008.  
  3. ^ "NBA Finals: All-time Champions". National Basketball Association. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. http://www.nba.com/history/finals/champions.html. Retrieved July 23, 2008.  
  4. ^ a b "John MacLeod Coaching Record". Basketball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.basketball-reference.com/coaches/maclejo99c.html. Retrieved July 23, 2008.  
  5. ^ a b "Paul Westphal Coaching Record". Basketball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.basketball-reference.com/coaches/westppa01c.html. Retrieved July 23, 2008.  
  6. ^ "Alvin Gentry Named Interim Head Coach by the Suns". National Basketball Association. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. February 16, 2009. http://www.nba.com/suns/news/gentry_090216.html. Retrieved March 16, 2009.  
  7. ^ "Red Kerr Coaching Record". Basketball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.basketball-reference.com/coaches/kerrre01c.html. Retrieved July 23, 2008.  
  8. ^ a b "Jerry Colangelo Coaching Record". Basketball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.basketball-reference.com/coaches/colanje99c.html. Retrieved July 23, 2008.  
  9. ^ a b c "Cotton Fitzsimmons Coaching Record". Basketball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.basketball-reference.com/coaches/fitzsco99c.html. Retrieved July 23, 2008.  
  10. ^ "Butch Van Breda Kolff Coaching Record". Basketball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.basketball-reference.com/coaches/vanbrbu01c.html. Retrieved July 23, 2008.  
  11. ^ "Dick Van Arsdale Coahcing Record". Basketball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.basketball-reference.com/coaches/vanardi01c.html. Retrieved July 23, 2008.  
  12. ^ "John Wetzel Coaching Record". Basketball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.basketball-reference.com/coaches/wetzejo01c.html. Retrieved July 23, 2008.  
  13. ^ a b "Coach of the Year". National Basketball Association. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. http://www.nba.com/history/awards_coachofyear.html. Retrieved December 20, 2008.  
  14. ^ "Danny Ainge Coaching Record". Basketball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.basketball-reference.com/coaches/aingeda01c.html. Retrieved July 23, 2008.  
  15. ^ "Scott Skiles Coaching Record". Basketball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.basketball-reference.com/coaches/skilesc01c.html. Retrieved July 23, 2008.  
  16. ^ "Frank Johnson Coaching Record". Basketball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.basketball-reference.com/coaches/pitinri99c.html. Retrieved July 23, 2008.  
  17. ^ "Mike D'Antoni Coaching Record". Basketball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.basketball-reference.com/coaches/dantomi01c.html. Retrieved July 23, 2008.  
  18. ^ "Terry Porter Coaching Record". Basketball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.basketball-reference.com/coaches/portete01c.html. Retrieved March 16, 2009.  
  19. ^ "Alvin Gentry Coaching Record". Basketball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.basketball-reference.com/coaches/gentral99c.html. Retrieved March 16, 2009.  
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