When it comes to discussing some of the great players who have played in the NBA, it’s hard to dismiss a handful of great Phoenix Suns in the conversation.
Guys like Steve Nash (who turned the point to perfection) and Charles Barclay (the ultimate low-job machine) are usually staples on these types of lists, and Nick Wright’s latest Top 50 players androm the last 50 years do not leave them.
Two Suns Legends land on Nick Wright’s Top 50 NBA list
#40: Steve Nash
“If he was going to shoot more triples, if they had the data that we have now, maybe they could hack it,” Wright said.
“Phoenix seemed particularly poised to do so between 2005-07, as the floppy-haired base won back-to-back MVP in the league and was arguably the best runner-up a year later.
“There was a brief period of three years where he was one of the top five players in the league,” Wright said. Its peak didn’t last quite as well as some of the other players because it started slow, because it wasn’t really a pivot [team] It’s even been in the league for nearly a decade. But once he became the focus of the team, they came close to reinventing basketball.”
Nash finished one point above Gary Payton and one spot below Bill Walton.
No. 18 Charles Barclay
“When you talk about some of the best players in the history of the sport who have never won a ring, Charles’ excuse for not winning a ring, that’s not an excuse,” Wright said. keep running [Michael] Jordan and the dream [Hakeem Olajuwon]the two greatest players of the 90s by a large margin, and he couldn’t get past them.”
“While he has since turned into a beloved media personality, the endless debate about Barkley not winning a title is a detriment to his greatness. He did well at 22-11-4 on 54% of the field in the regular season, and his production increased across the board almost in a while. After the season.Since his debut in 1984, no one has averaged more rebounds (12.9) or repeatedly scored a double-double (74.7%) in the playoffs.
“Barkley may not have been a role model off the court, but he was the unicorn in him. He was one of the best basketball players ever.
Wright said, “It pains me to put him here, I would like it to be higher. He is one of my favorite people in sports, and he was one of my favorite players to watch.”
Barkley finished one spot ahead of Dwyane Wade and one spot behind Karl Malone.
Current Suns goalkeeper Chris Paul is relegated to 21st and former quarterback Shaquille O’Neal has fallen to ninth.
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