Phoenix, also known as Phoenix, is the sixth most populous city in the United States. For most of the year, Phoenix is extremely dry, with temperatures falling below 0 degrees Celsius on an average of only five days per year. It is a city known for its heat, and it is understandable that the Sun is the name of the team.
Founded in 1968, the Phoenix Suns are a team with a long history, with an average winning percentage that still stands at 53% after decades of settling down, which is a pretty good number.
In the decades of basketball rounds, the Suns have been able to maintain a strong team stance most of the time, but unfortunately, they have not been able to win a championship and have only reached the finals 2 times.
Nevertheless, the Phoenix Suns have left a deep impression on many basketball fans. In this article, we focus on this classic team and take a look at the top 10 stars in Suns history.
- Larry Nance
As an early representative of violent aesthetics, Larry Nance has played for only two teams, Suns and Cavaliers, in his 13-year career. Larry Nance’s position in the history of the Cavaliers is better known to the world, but his career in the Sun is also enough to go down in the history of the Sun team.
Larry Nance was drafted by the Phoenix Suns with the 20th pick in the 1st round of the 1981 NBA Draft and grew to be an All-Star & first defense member with the Suns, being the face of Phoenix in the early to mid-late 80s.
At the first dunk contest in Denver in 1984, Larry Nance defeated Dominique Wilkins, Julius Irving, Daryl Griffith and others to win the championship, and his personal fame reached the peak of the league, becoming a big man like [box office guarantee].
During Nance’s time with the team, the Suns’ roster depth and record were losing ground, but the love of fans across town for the dominant player continued unabated. Because Big Nance gave almost all of his physical peak to Phoenix, the time after time, the Thucydides’ sky-high caps, the long-armed dunks, created the most vivid and wonderful basketball memories in Phoenix in the 80s.
In February 1988, 16 wins and 35 losses, the Phoenix Sun decided to push back and trade then big man Larry Nance + Mike Saunders + Randolph Coates to the Knights for the No. 7 rookie that year, the future Sun’s backcourt core Kevin Johnson as a package of three players + 88 & 89 first-round picks, which proved to be a win-win deal.
Larry Nance, who scored 8,430 points in seven Sun seasons, ranks ninth on the team’s all-time scoring list; picking up 3,791 rebounds would rank fourth in team history.
- Dan Malley
Dan Malley, was one of the top 3-D players in the NBA in the 1990s and a member of the offensive trident on the Suns’ 90s powerhouse.
In the 1988 draft, the Suns traded Nance for a first-round pick at No. 14 to select Dan Malley, who went on to open his career in Phoenix.
Since joining the Suns, Malley has quickly grown into a lethal perimeter player, helping the Suns climb up the ladder with Kevin Johnson and Barkley in the early 90s, and setting the team’s best ever record of 62-20 in the 92-93 season and making it to the Finals.
A three-time All-Star and two-time defender, Dan Malley dedicated his basketball youth to the Suns as a self-selected rookie, and all of his personal accolades were achieved during his time with the Suns.
After seven years with the Suns, Malley was traded to the Cavaliers for John Williams, and then Dan Malley joined the Miami Heat as a free agent. In the final year of his career, Malley returned to play the rest of his career with the Suns and retired in the place where his dream began.
With 8 Suns seasons under his belt, Dan Malley ranks 10th in team history with 8,034 total points, and second in team history with 800 three-pointers, second only to Steve Nash.
- Dick Van Arsdale
Dick Van Arsdale was an early All-Star point guard swingman in the 1960s and 1970s, and the first All-Star in Suns history.
After being selected by the New York Knicks with the 15th pick in the 2nd round of the 1965 NBA Draft, Dick Van Arsdale spent three seasons in New York before joining the Phoenix Suns, the newest team in the NBA.
After joining the Suns, Dick Van Arsdale grew quickly and was named to three consecutive NBA All-Star teams from 1969-71, as well as to the NBA’s second best defensive team in 1974.
The first goal in Suns history was scored by Dick Van Arsdale. In the history of Phoenix city basketball, Dick Van Arsdale’s name has a special place equal to that of the Trail Blazers.
- Shawn Marion
The Phoenix Suns rank among the top teams in NBA history in terms of first-round lottery picks and their ability to draft themselves, having drafted the best rookie in the game two years in a row in the 1970s.
Marion, nicknamed “Speedy,” was another of the Suns’ best, and became a major force on draft night in 1999 when he was selected by the Phoenix Suns with the ninth pick in the first round.
After the 2003-04 season, Nash parachuted into the Phoenix Suns to start the run-and-gun era. Shawn Marion, at the behest of D’Antoni, switched from small forward to power forward, setting the precedent for space power forwards. Marion helped his team become a powerhouse in the West, while his own career performance also reached another peak.
Back in February 2008, then Suns GM Kerr decided to trade “Speedy” Marion to the Heat for O’Neal in order to give the Suns a breakthrough in the playoffs. The trade proved to be a complete failure.
In his 8.5 seasons with the Suns, Marion scored 12,134 points & 6616 rebounds & 1245 steals & 894 caps, ranking 4th & 2nd & 2nd & 3rd on the team’s all-time single stats list.
Marion’s image as an “all-around warrior” was deeply rooted in the hearts of a generation of NBA fans as early as the Sun era. His “MSN” trio with Jr. and Nash has become the most nostalgic classic memories for Phoenix fans after the new century.
- Walter Davis
Walter Davis was the best point guard in Suns history, at least until Devin Booker matured and led the way to consistent play.
Nicknamed the “Greyhound” in the 1977 NBA Draft, Walter Davis was selected by the Phoenix Suns with the 5th pick in the 1st round and was named Rookie of the Year that same year, and then spent 11 years with the Suns.
During his time with the Suns, Walter Davis was named to the NBA All-Star team six times and was named to the NBA’s best two teams twice. Davis scored a total of 15,666 points with the Suns, ranking first on the Suns’ all-time scoring list.
Unfortunately, at the age of 33, a recurrence of a back injury and a drug scandal sent Walter Davis’ career on a sharp downward spiral. In the face of this former veteran, the Sun was generous enough to give a half-salary contract extension, but Walter Davis did not explain and chose to leave Denver in anger, not to end up in the Sun.
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