Phoenix Suns Regular Season Rosters

1978-1979 Phoenix Suns Regular Season Roster

Jersey Player Pos HT WT YOS Pre-Draft Team Draft Status Nationality
33 Alvan Adams FC 6-9 210 3 Oklahoma 1975 Rnd 1 Pick 4 United States
  Mike Bratz G 6-2 185 1 Stanford 1977 Rnd 3 Pick 22 United States
  Don Buse G 6-4 190 2 Evansville 1972 Rnd 3 Pick 4 United States
  Marty Byrnes SF 6-7 215 0 Syracuse 1978 Rnd 1 Pick 19 United States
45 Jeff Cook FC 6-10 215 0 Idaho State 1978 Rnd 3 Pick 5 United States
6 Walter Davis GF 6-6 193 1 North Carolina 1977 Rnd 1 Pick 5 United States
  Bayard Forrest C 6-10 235 1 Grand Canyon 1975 Rnd 3 Pick 18 United States
  Gar Heard PF 6-6 219 8 Oklahoma 1970 Rnd 3 Pick 6 United States
  Joel Kramer FC 6-7 203 0 San Diego State 1978 Rnd 3 Pick 19 United States
  Ron Lee PG 6-4 193 2 Oregon 1976 Rnd 1 Pick 10 United States
  Ted McClain G 6-1 180 2 Tennessee State 1971 Rnd 2 Pick 5 United States
  Truck Robinson F 6-7 225 4 Tennessee State 1974 Rnd 2 Pick 4 United States
14 Alvin Scott GF 6-7 185 1 Oral Roberts 1977 Rnd 7 Pick 5 United States
  Paul Westphal G 6-4 195 6 USC 1972 Rnd 1 Pick 10 United States

1978-1979 Phoenix Depth Chart

  PG SG SF PF C
Starters D. Buse P. Westphal W. Davis G. Heard A. Adams
Rotation   M. Bratz A. Scott J. Kramer B. Forrest
Rotation   T. McClain      
Lim PT     T. Robinson    

1978-1979 Pacific Division Standings

RankTeamRecordGB
1Seattle SuperSonics52-30-
2Phoenix Suns50-322
3Los Angeles Lakers47-355
4Portland Trail Blazers45-377
5San Diego Clippers43-399
6Golden State Warriors38-4414

1978-1979 Phoenix Awards & Honors

Player Award / Honor
Paul Westphal All-NBA First Team (1979)
Walter Davis All-NBA Second Team (1979)
Don Buse All-NBA Defensive First Team (1979)
Paul Westphal Western All-Star Fan Vote Selection (1979)
Walter Davis Western All-Star Coaches Selection (1979)

1978-1979 Phoenix Season Stat Leaders

Player GP MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Paul Westphal 81 32.6 24.0 2.0 6.5 1.4 0.3 2.9
Walter Davis 79 30.8 23.6 4.7 4.3 1.9 0.3 3.7
Alvan Adams 77 30.7 17.8 9.2 4.7 1.4 0.8 3.6
Don Buse 82 31.0 7.8 2.6 4.3 1.9 0.2 1.2
Mike Bratz 77 16.8 8.1 1.8 2.3 0.8 0.1 1.8
Alvin Scott 81 21.4 6.7 4.4 1.6 1.0 0.8 1.2
Joel Kramer 82 17.1 5.9 4.1 1.1 0.5 0.3 1.2
Ron Lee 43 22.0 9.8 2.6 3.1 1.6 0.1 2.7
Truck Robinson 26 29.1 16.0 8.7 1.5 0.7 0.5 3.5
Gar Heard 63 19.3 6.3 5.6 1.0 0.8 0.9 1.0
Bayard Forrest 75 16.6 4.0 4.2 2.2 0.4 0.5 1.4
Marty Byrnes 43 17.1 6.8 2.3 1.4 0.3 0.0 1.8
Ted McClain 36 12.9 4.6 1.9 1.7 0.5 0.0 1.5

1978-1979 Phoenix Suns Roster Composition

Selected via Draft

Alvan Adams was selected as the #4 pick in the First Round of the 1975 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns. Alvan Adams signed a multi-year contract with the Phoenix Suns on September 1, 1975.

Mike Bratz was selected as the #22 pick in the 3 Round of the 1977 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns. Mike Bratz signed a multi-year contract with the Phoenix Suns on July 21, 1977.

Walter Davis was selected as the #5 pick in the First Round of the 1977 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns. Walter Davis signed a multi-year contract with the Phoenix Suns on August 29, 1977.

Joel Kramer was selected as the #19 pick in the 3 Round of the 1978 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns. Joel Kramer signed a multi-year contract with the Phoenix Suns on September 1, 1978.

Alvin Scott was selected as the #5 pick in the 7 Round of the 1977 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns. Alvin Scott signed a multi-year contract with the Phoenix Suns on August 4, 1977.

Acquired via Draft Rights Trade

Draft Rights to Bayard Forrest, the #18 pick in the 3 Round of the 1975 NBA Draft, were acquired by the Phoenix Suns from the Seattle SuperSonics on March 18, 1977. Bayard Forrest signed a multi-year contract with the Phoenix Suns on March 22, 1977.

Acquired via Trade

Don Buse was acquired in a trade by the Phoenix Suns from the Indiana Pacers on September 6, 1977.

Gar Heard was acquired in a trade by the Phoenix Suns from the Buffalo Braves on February 1, 1976.

Truck Robinson was acquired in a trade by the Phoenix Suns from the New Orleans Jazz on January 12, 1979.

Paul Westphal was acquired in a trade by the Phoenix Suns from the Boston Celtics on May 23, 1975. Paul Westphal signed a multi-year extension with the Phoenix Suns on February 10, 1977.

Acquired via Free Agency

Ted McClain signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Phoenix Suns on January 15, 1979.

1978-1979 Phoenix Suns Front Office

Staff Member Position Start Season Previous Job
Bhavik Darji Owner 1968-1969 N/A
Don Diamond Owner 1968-1969 N/A
Don Pitt Owner 1968-1969 N/A
Karl Eller Owner 1968-1969 N/A
Marvin Meyer Owner 1968-1969 N/A
Richard Bloch Owner 1968-1969 N/A
John MacLeod Head Coach 1973-1974 N/A
Al Bianchi Assistant Coach 2001-2002 General Manager (New York Knicks, 1987 to 1991)
Jerry Colangelo General Manager 1968-1969 N/A
Joe Proski Head Athletic Trainer 1968-1969 Athletic Trainer (Chicago Bulls, 1967 to 1968)
Al McCoy Radio Broadcaster 1972-1973 N/A