2005–06 Phoenix Suns season

The 2005–06 Phoenix Suns season was the 38th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Suns were led by head coach Mike D'Antoni, posting a 54–28 record, third best in the Western Conference. All home games were played at the former America West Arena, which changed its name to US Airways Center in January 2006.

The Suns looked to improve on their league-best 62–20 record and a trip to the Western Conference Finals in the 2004–05 season. The Suns suffered a major setback before the season, when All-Star Amar'e Stoudemire underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee. Stoudemire returned for three games, before undergoing another surgery on his right knee. The team was led by defending MVP Steve Nash and All-Star Shawn Marion. Marion led the team in points (21.8), rebounds (11.8), steals (2.0) and blocks (1.7) per game. Nash led the league in assists with 10.5 a game, while posting a career- high 18.8 points a game, earning his second consecutive MVP award.

With injuries to Stoudemire and backup forward-center Kurt Thomas, the Suns looked to second-year forward Boris Diaw to fill in the middle. Listed in the Suns' media guide as a guard before the season, the 6-foot 8-inch Diaw started at small forward, power forward and center throughout the season, posting 13 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and a block a game, earning Most Improved Player honors.

In the first round of the playoffs, the Suns fell into a 1–3 hole against their longtime rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers. They became the (at the time) eighth team in NBA history to recover from a 3–1 deficit, winning the final three games of the series to advance to the semifinals. In the semifinals, they defeated the Lakers' Staples Center co-tenants, the Los Angeles Clippers, in another seven-game series. The Suns fell in the Conference Finals to the Dallas Mavericks in six games.

Offseason

NBA Draft

Roster

Roster listing
2005–06 Phoenix Suns roster
PlayersCoaches
Pos.No.NameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY-MM-DD)From
G10Barbosa, Leandro6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)176 lb (80 kg)1982-11-28Brazil
G/F19Bell, Raja6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)204 lb (93 kg)1976-09-19Florida International
C11Burke, Pat6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)250 lb (113 kg)1973-12-14Auburn
F/C3Diaw, Boris6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)215 lb (98 kg)1982-04-16France
F/C55Grant, Brian6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)254 lb (115 kg)1972-03-05Xavier
G50House, Eddie6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)180 lb (82 kg)1978-05-14Arizona State
SF22Jones, James6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)225 lb (102 kg)1980-10-04Miami
F31Marion, Shawn6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)220 lb (100 kg)1978-05-07UNLV
PG13Nash, Steve (C)6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)195 lb (88 kg)1974-02-07Santa Clara
F/C32Stoudemire, Amar'e Injured6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)245 lb (111 kg)1982-11-16Cypress Creek HS
F/C40Thomas, Kurt Injured6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)230 lb (104 kg)1972-10-04TCU
F/C2Thomas, Tim6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)230 lb (104 kg)1977-02-26Villanova
G/F1Thompson, Dijon Injured6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)195 lb (88 kg)1982-02-23UCLA
F15Tskitishvili, Nikoloz7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)225 lb (102 kg)1983-04-14Georgia (country)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Regular season

Standings


Record vs. opponents

Playoffs

Game log

2006 playoff game log
2006 playoff schedule

Awards and honors

Week/Month

  • Shawn Marion was named Western Conference Player of the Month for February.
  • Steve Nash was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played November 21 through November 27.
  • Shawn Marion was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played December 26 through January 1.
  • Steve Nash was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played January 2 through January 8.

All-Star

Season

Player statistics

Legend
  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

Season

* – Stats with the Suns.
† – Minimum 300 field goals made.
^ – Minimum 125 free throws made.

Playoffs

^ – Minimum 5 three-pointers made.

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