Record and standing: 62-20, 1st in Pacific Division
Hall of Famer(s): Charles Barkley
Scoring leader: Charles Barkley (25.6 PPG)
Rebounds leader: Charles Barkley (12.2 RPG)
Assists leader: Kevin Johnson (7.8 APG)
Round eliminated: NBA Finals
After acquiring Charles Barkley the summer before, the Phoenix Suns thought they had all the pieces in place for a championship season in 1992-93. And, for the most part, they were right; Barkley was simply superb, winning the MVP award and guiding his team to the franchise's second ever trip to the NBA Finals. The problem was that they were up against a Bulls squad that was beginning to hit its prime and was looking to complete their first three-peat.
The offensive battle that Barkley waged with Michael Jordan made the 1993 Finals one of the most memorable in recent memory. Buoyed by Sir Charles' 27-13-6 average, the Suns won two of three games in Chicago for what would seemingly be a decisive advantage in the series, but they dropped all three matchups at home to lose the title to the Bulls in six games.