1981–82 Phoenix Suns season

The 1981–82 Phoenix Suns season was the 14th season for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association. The Suns were in the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season, extending a then-franchise record. In the first round, Denver was taken down by the Suns, two games to one. Phoenix would find a tougher opponent, however, in the Western Conference Semifinals, getting swept four games to zero by the eventual league champions, Los Angeles Lakers. The Suns were led by head coach John MacLeod and played all home games in Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Dennis Johnson again earned NBA All-Defensive First Team honors and was the lone All-Star Game participant from the Suns. Additionally, he led the Suns in scoring with his 19.5 points average, a personal career-high. Truck Robinson was not far behind with his 19.1 average, and paired that with rebounding average of 9.7 a game. Fellow big man Alvan Adams brought in 7 rebounds and 15 points a contest.


NBA draft


Phoenix Suns roster
Pos.#Nat.NameHeightWeightDOB (Y-M-D)From
F/C33United StatesAdams, Alvan6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)210 lb (95 kg)1954-07-19Oklahoma
G/F7United StatesBradley, Dudley6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)195 lb (88 kg)1957-03-19North Carolina
F/C45United StatesCook, Jeff6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)215 lb (98 kg)1956-10-21Idaho State
G/F6United StatesDavis, Walter6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)193 lb (88 kg)1954-09-09North Carolina
F35United StatesDykema, Craig6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)190 lb (86 kg)1959-06-11Long Beach State
G24United StatesJohnson, Dennis6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)185 lb (84 kg)1954-09-18Pepperdine
C53United StatesKelley, Rich7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)235 lb (107 kg)1953-03-23Stanford
F50United StatesKramer, Joel6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)203 lb (92 kg)1955-11-30San Diego State
G4United StatesMacy, Kyle6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)175 lb (79 kg)1957-04-09Kentucky
F/C22United StatesNance, Larry6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)205 lb (93 kg)1959-02-12Clemson
F21United StatesRobinson, Leonard6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)225 lb (102 kg)1951-10-04Tennessee State
F14United StatesScott, Alvin6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)185 lb (84 kg)1955-09-14Oral Roberts
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Regular season


Record vs. opponents


Game log

1982 playoff game log
1982 schedule

Awards and honors


  • Dennis Johnson was selected as a reserve for the Western Conference in the All-Star Game. Johnson finished fourth in voting among Western Conference guards with 220,914 votes. It was his fourth consecutive All-Star selection.
  • The other Suns player who received All-Star votes was Alvan Adams (134,441).


Player statistics

  GPGames 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


† – Minimum 300 field goals made.
^ – Minimum 25 three-pointers made.


† – Minimum 20 field goals made.
^ – Minimum 10 free throws made.



June 8, 1981
To Indiana Pacers----To Phoenix Suns----
October 1, 1981
To Chicago Bulls----To Phoenix Suns----

Free agents




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