In the long history of the NBA, there are many traditional giants and legendary stars. From ancient times to the present, if you put the stars of each team together, do you know who the best lineups of each team are? Today, I’ll take a look at the Phoenix Suns’ all-time best lineups!
Point Guard: Steve Nash
Although Paul led the Suns to the finals this year after years of not making the playoffs, the point guard who made the biggest contribution to the Suns is Nash! Steve Nash was drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the 1st round, 15th overall, in the 1996 NBA draft, joined the Dallas Mavericks in 1998, and rejoined the Suns in 2004.
Nash has been named to the NBA All-Star team 8 times in his career, selected to the NBA Best XI 7 times (3 times 1st, 2 times 2nd, 2 times 3rd), crowned NBA Assist King 5 times, won the NBA All-Star Skills Challenge 2 times, won the James Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 2007, selected to the “5-4-9 Club” 4 times ” (50+% on 2-pointers; 40+% on 3-pointers; 90+% on free throws).
On March 22, 2015, Steve Nash officially announced his retirement. Steve Nash is the ninth guard in NBA history to win an MVP and the third back-to-back MVP among guards. On October 31, 2015, the Sun held a retirement ceremony for Steve Nash, who was awarded the “Ring of Honor,” and at the same time, Sun players also wore Nash commemorative edition The Suns players also wore Nash commemorative socks to pay tribute to the legendary star.
#13 Steve Nash Suns Jersey
Point Guard: Kevin Johnson
Kevin Johnson graduated from UC Berkeley in 1987 and was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1st round, 7th overall, in the 1987 NBA Draft and traded to the Phoenix Suns the following year. He was named to the NBA All-Star team three times in his career, was named NBA Most Improved Player of the Year in 1989, was named to the NBA Best XI II team four times, won the James Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 1991, and was named to the NBA Best XI III team in 1992.
Kevin Johnson’s peak Nash and Kidd were his replacements, the originator of the offensive point guard, had three consecutive seasons boasting 20 + 10 data, the best of the double-energy position. He led the Suns to the playoffs for 11 consecutive seasons, averaging 18.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, 9.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game in his seasons with the Suns!
In April 1998, Kevin Johnson announced his retirement, but made a comeback a year later. 34-year-old Kevin Johnson officially announced his retirement in May 2000, and the Suns retired his No. 7 jersey in March 2001. In March 2001, the Suns retired his No. 7 jersey. After retiring, he chose to enter politics, serving as the mayor of Sacramento, the capital of California, since 2008.
Small Forward:Shawn Marion
Shawn Marion has been talked about for his weird shooting stance, but his versatility on the court can’t help but be admired! Shawn Marion has played for the Sun for less than 9 seasons and has accumulated 12,134 points, 6,616 rebounds, 1,245 steals and 894 caps, making him an “all-around warrior”. The “MSN” he formed with Jr. and Nash became the most nostalgic classic memories for Phoenix fans after the 21st century.
Shawn Marion entered the NBA through the draft in 1999 and played for the Suns, Heat, Raptors, Mavericks and Cavaliers. He was named to the second team of the best rookie team in his rookie season; he was selected to the all-star team four times and the third team of the best team two times in his career.
Power Forward: Charles Barkley
Nicknamed “The Flying Pig,” Barkley played four seasons with the Suns, averaging 23.4 points, 11.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.8 caps per game. In the 1992-93 season, Barkley averaged 26 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists per game and won the MVP, leading the team to a team-best 62 wins and 20 losses and reaching the Finals. In 2001, Barkley’s No. 34 jersey was retired by the Philadelphia 76ers, and in 2004, the Suns retired their No. 34 jersey as well.
In 2004, the Suns retired his No. 34 jersey. 2006, Barkley was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Center: Amare Stoudemire
Nicknamed “The Little Bully”, Jr. was selected by the Phoenix Suns with the 9th pick in the 1st round of the 2002 NBA Draft and was named NBA Rookie of the Year (the NBA’s first high school Rookie of the Year) in his rookie season and was named to the NBA All-Star team six times. He was named to the NBA Best XI in 2007 and to the NBA Best XI II four times.
The first pick in the ’03 NBA Draft was Yao Ming, but in his rookie season, Stoudemire outperformed Yao, so he was rightfully named Rookie of the Year in his debut season. Stoudemire played a vital role in D’Antoni’s “Cannonball” system in the Suns’ 2004-05 season, when he teamed up with Nash and led the team to a team-best 62 wins and 20 losses. This season, Jr. was able to average 26 points per game!