The Phoenix Suns begin the 2012-2013 season with 60% of the roster new to the team from the previous season. With such a large amount of turnover, one could only imagine what would happen if the Suns only relied on the draft and nothing else to put a team on the floor. If that situation existed, what would the Phoenix Suns all-time Draft team look like?
The Suns have Drafted 117 players that have played at least one minute in the NBA. There have been some gems like Steve Nash, Amare Stoudemire and Shawn Marion; and some duds like William Bedford. William who? Exactly
After reviewing the 117 picks, 13 players were selected to make the Suns All-Time Draft team:
Key – Points per Game(PPG), Rebounds per Game(RPG), Assists per Game(ASP) and Player Efficiency Rating (PER)
Point Guard – Starter- Steve Nash: (Year 1996, Round 1, Pick 15) PPG-14.5, RPG-3, APG-8.6, PER-20.2,
- · Reserve – Rajon Rondo: (Year 2006, Round 1, Pick 21) PPG-10.8, RPG-4.4, APG-8.1, PER-17.1
- · Reserve – Steve Kerr: (Year 1988, Round 2, Pick 50) PPG-6, RPG-1.2, APG-1.8, PER-13.4
Comments: There is no question about the starter, and imagine what the Suns could have done with both Rondo and Nash in the backcourt. Steve Kerr (who oddly enough was the GM of the Suns for a while) gets on this list for one number *Five*. That would be Five Rings, more than the rest of this list combined.
Shooting Guard– Starter – George Gervin: (Year 1974, Round 3, Pick 40) PPG-26.2, RPG-4.6, APG-2.8, PER-21.4
- · Dan Majerle: (Year 1988, Round 1, Pick 14) PPG-11.4, RPG-4.5, APG-2.9, PER-13.8
- · Jeff Hornacek: (Year 1986, Round 2, Pick 46)PPG-14.5, RPG-3.4, APG-4.9, PER-17.7
Comments: Another what if scenario, what if the Suns tried harder to claim “The Iceman” from the Spurs. Maybe Paul Westphal would have had been able to beat the Celtics in 1976 with the help of Ice. Thunder Dan has an award named after him, “The Dan Majerle Hustle Award.” Jeff Hornacek who was the centerpiece of the Charles Barkley trade and later became a key player for the Utah Jazz team that made two straight final appearances.
Small Forward– Starter – Shawn Marion: (Year 1999, Round 1, Pick 9) PPG-16.4, RPG-9.2, APG-1.9, PER-19.5
- · Walter Davis: (Year 1977, Round 1, Pick 5) PPG-18.9, RPG-3, APG-3.8, PER-19.1
- · Michael Finley: (Year 1995, Round 1, Pick 21)PPG-15.7, RPG-4.4, APG-2.9, PER-16
Comments: Shawn Marion was a surprise 9th pick of the draft, but “The Martix” was the do everything player for the Suns for almost a decade. Walter Davis was a force for the Suns for 11 seasons, but for some reason the Carolina Tar Heels remembers him more than the Suns. Michael Finley was monster for both the Suns and the Mavericks and was a two time All-Star.
Power Forward– Starter – Larry Nance: (Year 1981, Round 1, Pick 20) PPG-17.1, RPG-8, APG-2.6, PER-19.9
- · Alvan Adams: (Year 1975, Round 1, Pick 4)PPG-14.1, RPG-7, APG-4.1, PER-18.3
Comments: Larry Nance was a three time All-Star and was named on the all-defense team three times as well. In addition to the awards for Nance, he also won the 1stNBA Slam Dunk Contest, beating the legendary Dr J, Ralph Sampson and Dominique Wilkins. Alvin Adams or Double A was an All-Star and career member of the Phoenix Suns.
Center– Starter – Amare Stoudemire: (Year 2002, Round 1, Pick 9) PPG-21.6, RPG-8.8, APG-1.5, PER-22.2
- · Marcin Gortat: (Year 2005, Round 2, Pick 57)PPG-8.1, RPG-6.5, APG-0.5, PER-18.2
Comments: Amare was a power forward but forced to play center in the Mike D’Antoni system. For more information on the Suns Centers, check out my previous post on the topic.