Top 10 Players Phoenix Suns of All-Time

Top 10 Players Phoenix Suns of All-Time

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Honorable Mentions:

20. Raja Bell

19. Paul Silas

18. Shaquille O’Neal

17. Mark West

16. Dennis Johnson

15. Dan Majerle

14. Dick Van Arsdale

13. Larry Nance

12. Jeff Hornacek

11. Connie Hawkins

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10. Jason Kidd

Seasons in PHX:

5 (1996-2001)

Stats w/ the Suns

14.4 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 9.7 APG, 2.4 Stocks, 41.9 FG%

A theme you will notice about this top 10 list is the amount of versatile players. Well, Jason Kidd takes that theme to an entirely new level, although it is a level, especially after his Phoenix years. The future Hall of Famer spent only 5 of his 19 NBA seasons with Phoenix, but that doesn’t make his 14.7 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 9.8 APG or 2.1 SPG any easier to believe. On the contrary, it  makes his three All-Star, three All-NBA first team and three All-Defensive first team appearances even harder to fathom. If Jason Kidd happened to stay with PHX for more than 5 years, h would have ranked in the top 5 and I have no doubt about that.

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9. Alvan Adams

Seasons in PHX:

13 (1975-1988)

Stats w/ the Suns

14.1 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 4.1 APG, 2.1 Stocks, 49.8 FG%

Alvan Adams spent his entire NBA career with Phoenix, and his averages with the team are brought down by his later years. Beyond winning the NBA Rookie of the Year award in 1975 (also made it to the Finals that season) he averaged 16.2 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 4.5 APG, 1.4 SPG and 1.0 BPG on 49.7 percent shooting during his first 8 years with the Suns. Based on tenure, productivity and versatility, his resume is good enough to crack the top 10 on this list as far as I am concerned. When you add on his final five seasons, Adams vaults up to No. 11, as he is the franchise’s all-time leader in games, rebounds and steals, while placing in the top five in many other categories.

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8. Paul Westphal

Seasons in PHX:

6 (1975-1980, 1983-1984)

Stats w/ the Suns

20.6 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 5.2 APG, 1.9 Stocks, 51.6 FG%

Paul Westphal was a key member of the squad that went on to lose that memorable series against the Celtics in 1976. He was a four-time All-Star with the Suns, and is the franchise’s fifth all-time leading scorer. Additionally, he was an All-NBA First Team member three times while playing with Phoenix. Even though he was a great player in his day, he is often remembered in Phoenix for something else. He was the head coach of the team from 1992 to 1996, and was the coach when they made their trip to the NBA Finals in 1993. His lineage with the franchise is a proud one, and he deserves to be recognized more for how great he was on the court, not just on the sidelines.

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7. Tom Chambers

Seasons in PHX:

5 (1989-1993)

Stats w/ the Suns

20.6 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.5 Stocks, 46.3 FG%

Tom Chambers put up ridiculously strong regular season numbers throughout the entirety of his career—particularly during his first two years in Phoenix, averaging 26.5 points and 7.7 rebounds. But it was his ability to perform in the playoffs that makes him one of the greatest players in Suns history. During the 1989 playoffs, Chambers averaged 26.0 points, 10.9 rebounds 1.1 steals and 1.3 blocks, carrying the Suns to the conference finals. The normally offensively-inclined Chambers continued to play as a two-way postseason force, twice more leading the Suns to the third round and once helping them reach the NBA Finals. He also appeared in four All-Star games and on two All-NBA teams during his five seasons in the desert.

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