Phoenix Suns Regular Season Rosters

1996-1997 Phoenix Suns Regular Season Roster

Jersey Player Pos HT WT YOS Pre-Draft Team Draft Status Nationality
8 Mario Bennett C-F 6-6 235 1 Arizona State 1995 Rnd 1 Pick 27 United States
40 Dexter Boney SG 6-4 185 1 UNLV 1993 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
52 Chucky Brown SF 6-7 214 7 North Carolina State 1989 Rnd 2 Pick 16 United States
45 Mike Brown PF 6-9 257 10 Georgetown 1985 Rnd 3 Pick 22 United States
2 Mark Bryant PF 6-9 245 8 Seton Hall 1988 Rnd 1 Pick 21 United States
10 Sam Cassell G 6-3 185 3 Florida State 1993 Rnd 1 Pick 24 United States
1 Cedric Ceballos SF 6-6 190 6 Cal State Fullerton 1990 Rnd 2 Pick 21 United States
3 Rex Chapman SG 6-4 185 8 Kentucky 1988 Rnd 1 Pick 8 United States
40 John Coker C 7-0 253 1 Boise State 1995 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
  Marty Conlon F-C 6-10 224 6 Providence 1990 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
43 Ben Davis FC 6-9 240 0 Arizona 1996 Rnd 2 Pick 14 United States
27 Tony Dumas F 6-6 190 2 Missouri-Kansas City 1994 Rnd 1 Pick 19 United States
4 Michael Finley G-F 6-7 225 1 Wisconsin 1995 Rnd 1 Pick 21 United States
45 A.C. Green PF 6-9 220 11 Oregon State 1985 Rnd 1 Pick 23 United States
  Darrin Hancock F 6-7 205 2 Maurienne (France) 1994 Rnd 2 Pick 11 United States
25 Robert Horry PF 6-9 220 4 Alabama 1992 Rnd 1 Pick 11 United States
7 Kevin Johnson PG 6-1 180 9 California 1987 Rnd 1 Pick 7 United States
32 Jason Kidd PG 6-4 210 2 California 1994 Rnd 1 Pick 2 United States
35 Joe Kleine C 6-11 255 11 Arkansas 1985 Rnd 1 Pick 6 United States
17 Horacio Llamas C 6-11 285 0 Grand Canyon 1996 NBA Draft, Undrafted Mexico
15 Danny Manning F 6-10 230 8 Kansas 1988 Rnd 1 Pick 1 United States
40 Loren Meyer F-C 6-10 257 1 Iowa State 1995 Rnd 1 Pick 24 United States
13 Steve Nash G 6-3 178 0 Santa Clara 1996 Rnd 1 Pick 15 Canada / South Africa
11 Wesley Person SG 6-6 195 2 Auburn 1994 Rnd 1 Pick 23 United States
20 Rumeal Robinson PG 6-2 195 6 Michigan 1990 Rnd 1 Pick 10 Jamaica
23 Wayman Tisdale PF 6-9 240 11 Oklahoma 1985 Rnd 1 Pick 2 United States
18 Hot Rod Williams FC 6-11 215 10 Tulane 1985 Rnd 2 Pick 21 United States

1996-1997 Suns Depth Chart

  PG SG SF PF C
Starters K. Johnson R. Chapman W. Person C. Ceballos H. Williams
Rotation J. Kidd     D. Manning L. Meyer
Rotation S. Nash     M. Bryant  
Rotation       W. Tisdale  
Rotation       M. Brown  
Lim PT     T. Dumas B. Davis H. Llamas

1996-1997 Pacific Division Standings

RankTeamRecordGB
1Seattle SuperSonics57-25-
2Los Angeles Lakers56-261
3Portland Trail Blazers49-338
4Phoenix Suns40-4217
5Los Angeles Clippers36-4621
6Sacramento Kings34-4823
7Golden State Warriors30-5227

1996-1997 Suns Awards & Honors

Player Award / Honor
Kevin Johnson Player Of The Month (Apr 97)
Kevin Johnson Player Of The Week (03/30/97)
Steve Nash Rising Stars Challenge Participant (1997)

1996-1997 Suns Season Stat Leaders

Player GP MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Kevin Johnson 70 38.0 20.1 3.6 9.3 1.5 0.2 3.1
Wesley Person 80 29.1 13.5 3.6 1.5 1.1 0.2 0.9
Danny Manning 77 27.7 13.5 6.1 2.2 1.0 1.0 2.1
Rex Chapman 65 28.2 13.8 2.8 2.8 0.8 0.1 1.5
Cedric Ceballos 42 27.3 15.3 6.5 1.2 0.7 0.4 1.6
Hot Rod Williams 68 31.4 8.0 8.3 1.5 1.0 1.3 1.0
Jason Kidd 33 35.6 11.6 4.8 9.0 2.4 0.4 2.3
Mark Bryant 41 24.8 9.3 5.2 1.1 0.5 0.1 1.1
Michael Finley 27 29.5 13.0 4.4 2.5 0.7 0.1 1.6
Wayman Tisdale 53 14.7 6.5 2.2 0.4 0.2 0.4 0.7
Sam Cassell 22 24.5 14.8 2.3 4.5 1.0 0.3 2.7
Robert Horry 32 22.5 6.9 3.7 1.7 0.9 0.8 1.4
Steve Nash 65 10.5 3.3 1.0 2.1 0.3 0.0 1.0
Loren Meyer 35 12.8 5.4 2.7 0.3 0.1 0.3 1.0
A.C. Green 27 20.3 5.7 5.1 0.6 0.7 0.0 0.7
Joe Kleine 23 15.9 3.4 3.5 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.9
Rumeal Robinson 12 7.2 3.0 0.6 0.7 0.1 0.0 0.4
Chucky Brown 10 8.3 3.4 1.6 0.4 0.0 0.2 0.4
Horacio Llamas 20 5.0 1.7 0.9 0.2 0.5 0.2 0.6
Ben Davis 20 4.9 1.4 1.4 0.0 0.2 0.1 0.1
Dexter Boney 8 6.0 2.4 0.8 0.0 0.2 0.1 0.1
Mike Brown 6 13.8 2.7 4.2 0.8 0.2 0.2 0.3
Tony Dumas 6 8.5 2.3 0.3 0.5 0.0 0.2 0.2

1996-1997 Phoenix Suns Roster Composition

Selected via Draft

Ben Davis was selected as the #14 pick in the Second Round of the 1996 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns. Ben Davis signed a contract with the Phoenix Suns on September 25, 1996.

Steve Nash was selected as the #15 pick in the First Round of the 1996 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns. Steve Nash signed a multi-year contract with the Phoenix Suns on July 24, 1996.

Wesley Person was selected as the #23 pick in the First Round of the 1994 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns. Wesley Person signed a multi-year contract with the Phoenix Suns on July 26, 1994.

Acquired via Trade

Mark Bryant was acquired in a trade by the Phoenix Suns from the Houston Rockets on August 19, 1996.

Cedric Ceballos was acquired in a trade by the Phoenix Suns from the Los Angeles Lakers on January 10, 1997.

Tony Dumas was acquired in a trade by the Phoenix Suns from the Dallas Mavericks on December 26, 1996.

Kevin Johnson was acquired in a trade by the Phoenix Suns from the Cleveland Cavaliers on February 25, 1988. Kevin Johnson re-signed to a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Phoenix Suns on September 14, 1989. Kevin Johnson signed an extension with the Phoenix Suns on June 2, 1994.

Jason Kidd was acquired in a trade by the Phoenix Suns from the Dallas Mavericks on December 26, 1996.

Loren Meyer was acquired in a trade by the Phoenix Suns from the Dallas Mavericks on December 26, 1996.

Hot Rod Williams was acquired in a trade by the Phoenix Suns from the Cleveland Cavaliers on October 7, 1995.

Acquired via Free Agency

Mike Brown signed a contract as a free agent with the Phoenix Suns on April 5, 1997.

Rex Chapman signed a contract as a free agent with the Phoenix Suns on October 12, 1996.

Horacio Llamas signed a contract with the Phoenix Suns on February 21, 1997. Horacio Llamas re-signed to a contract as a free agent with the Phoenix Suns on March 3, 1997. Horacio Llamas re-signed to a contract as a free agent with the Phoenix Suns on March 13, 1997.

Danny Manning signed a contract with the Phoenix Suns on September 3, 1994. Danny Manning re-signed to a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Phoenix Suns on October 12, 1995.

Wayman Tisdale signed a contract with the Phoenix Suns on September 16, 1994. Wayman Tisdale re-signed to a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Phoenix Suns on October 4, 1995.

1996-1997 Phoenix Suns Front Office

Staff Member Position Start Season Previous Job
Jerry Colangelo Owner, Managing General Partner, Chief Executive Officer, Chairman 2004-2005 Owner (Phoenix Suns, 1987 to 2004)
Cotton Fitzsimmons Head Coach 1995-1996 Head Coach (Phoenix Suns, 1988 to 1992)
Danny Ainge Head Coach 1996-1997 N/A
Donnie Nelson Assistant Coach 1994-1995 Lead Assistant Coach (Golden State Warriors, 1986 to 1994)
Bryan Colangelo General Manager 1999-2000 General Manager (Phoenix Suns, 1995 to 1999)
Todd Quinter Scout 1993-1994 Video Coordinator (Phoenix Suns, 1986 to 1993)
Joe Proski Head Athletic Trainer 1968-1969 Athletic Trainer (Chicago Bulls, 1967 to 1968)
Aaron Nelson Assistant Athletic Trainer 1993-1994 N/A
Al McCoy Radio Broadcaster 1972-1973 N/A