20. 2006-07 Phoenix Suns
Record and standing: 61-21, 1st in Pacific Division
Hall of Famer(s): Steve Nash
Scoring leader: Amar'e Stoudemire (20.4 PPG)
Rebounds leader: Shawn Marion (9.8 RPG)
Assists leader: Steve Nash (11.6 APG)
Round eliminated: Western Conference Semifinals
It wasn't so long ago that the "seven seconds or less" Suns were well on their way to a shot at the NBA Finals, until a hockey-style check changed the course of the franchise. After a 61-21 regular season that saw them post winning streaks of 15 and 17 games and finish with the league's second best record, they reached the Western Conference Semifinals against the Spurs by topping the Lakers in five games.
Late in Game 4, Robert Horry delivered a hip check that sent Suns star Steve Nash flying into the scorer's table, and in the subsequent furor key Suns players Amar'e Stoudemire and Boris Diaw "technically" left the bench area to go to their teammate's aid. Because of this rule violation they were suspended for Game 5 (which the Suns lost), and the Spurs would then finish them off back in San Antonio and subsequently go on to win the title.