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.
|Phoenix Suns roster|
Record vs. opponents
|1982 playoff game log|
First Round: 2–1 (Home: 1–0; Road: 1–1)
Conference Semifinals: 0–4 (Home: 0–2; Road: 0–2)
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).
- Kyle Macy led the league in free throw percentage with .899%.
- Dennis Johnson was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team. Johnson also finished 21st in MVP voting.
|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|
† – 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----|