We were thinking of starting (countdown of all-time Starting 5 for every team) something like this for some time. But we didn’t know what so we decided to the All-Time Starting 5. We will try to this everyday with different team for the next 30 days. We continue the All time Starting 5 with the Phoenix Suns.
Point Guard – Steve Nash
The Suns have seen a plethora of talented point guards run the show in Phoenix, but none of them were quite as impactful as Steve Nash. Although Nash was drafted by the Suns in 1996, he was traded shortly after to the Dallas Mavericks.
It wasn’t until he returned in 2004 that he really established himself as elite on-court presence, leading the Suns to a league best 62-20 record that year and earning himself the first of 2 back-to-back regular season MVP awards. The Suns would go on to become perennial contenders in the Western Conference, but they never quite managed to get over the hump, missing the NBA Finals each year. Nash’s move to Phoenix didn’t just change the fortunes of the Suns’ franchise. The fast paced offense and volume three-point shooting that was mastered by Nash and Suns head coach Mike D’Antoni would change the entire landscape of the NBA, as teams around the league would begin to employ similar strategies.
Shooting Guard – Paul Westphal
Paul Westphal entered the league as a skinny combo guard out of USC, drafted 10th overall by the Boston Celtics. In fact, it wasn’t until a change of scenery brought him to sunny Arizona that Westphal flourished into 5-time all-star and 4-time ALL-NBA talent.
Unlike most college combo guards, Westphal was truly capable of playing either guard position at elite NBA level. After spending brief stints with Seattle and New York, Westphal returned to Phoenix for one final season before retiring as a Sun. During his time with the franchise he averaged 20.6 PPG, 5.2 APG and 1.3 SPG while shooting 50.4% from the field.
Small Forward – Shawn Marion
The Matrix could do everything on a basketball court, with the exception of performing a textbook-looking jump shot. Despite his comically ugly shooting technique, Marion stuffed stat sheets in ways other NBA players could only dream of. After 9 seasons in Phoenix, Marion’s name is plastered all over the Suns career leaderboard ranking 4th all-time in points scored, 2nd in rebounds, 2nd in steals, 3rd in blocked shots, 4th in offensive win shares, 2nd in defensive win shares and 1st all-time in value over replacement.
What makes those stats even more outrageous is the fact that he spent the majority of his time with the Suns playing alongside NBA superstars Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire, who soaked up all of the team’s media attention. In 2011, 3 years after being traded away from Phoenix, Marion went on to win an NBA Championship with the Dallas Mavericks, something that had eluded those talented Phoenix teams in the mid-2000s. However, it was his time as a Sun that truly defined his legacy.
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