The Phoenix Suns haven’t won any NBA championships in franchise history, but they’re knocking on the door in 2021 thanks to a trip to the NBA Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks behind the play of Chris Paul and Devin Booker. While the Suns don’t have a title yet, the organization has been home to some of the best, most versatile players the game of basketball has ever seen.
For this piece, we’ll be taking a look at the five best players to have ever played for the Suns. CP3 and Book aren’t on this list yet, but they could change that with their performance in the NBA Finals and beyond.
5. Walter Davis
Walter Davis appeared in 766 games for the Suns. He finished his Phoenix career with averages of 20.5 points, 4.4 assists and 1.4 steals over 11 seasons.
Davis won the 1978 Rookie of the Year with the franchise. He’s first in Suns history in field goals and points. Davis scored 15,666 points with Phoenix.
4. Shawn Marion
The Matrix was as versatile a forward there has been in the NBA. Shawn Marion averaged 18.4 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 660 games with the Suns.
A four-time All-Star and one-time champion with the Dallas Mavericks, Marion is Phoenix’s all-time leader in defensive rebounds, win-shares and VORP.
3. Amar’e Stoudemire
Amar’e Stoudemire was taken by the Suns with the ninth overall pick in the 2002 draft. He won the 2003 Rookie of the Year Award with the franchise.
“Stat” finished his Phoenix career with averages of 21.4 points and 8.9 rebounds. He left the organization for the New York Knicks in the summer of 2010 as a free agent.
2. Steve Nash
In two different stints with the Suns, Steve Nash compiled averages of 14.4 points and 9.4 assists in 744 games.
He won two MVPs in Phoenix and is one of the best point guards in NBA history. Nash made the Hall of Fame in 2018. He’s the Suns’ franchise leader in 3-pointers, assists and free-throw percentage.
1. Charles Barkley
Charles Barkley put up 23.4 points, 11.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 280 games with the Suns franchise. He won the 1993 MVP Award and guided the team to the Finals, where Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls won in six games.
Barkley was a four-time All-Star with Phoenix. He made the Hall of Fame in 2006 and is one of the best power forwards in NBA history.
Chuck is the Suns’ all-time leader in PER.