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The 5 Greatest Phoenix Suns To Ever Play In The NBA All-Star Game

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The 5 Greatest Phoenix Suns To Ever Play In The NBA All-Star Game

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The Phoenix Suns have sent some of the best players in franchise history to the NBA All-Star Game. This franchise has had tantalizing stretches of championship contention in recent memory. The Suns were filled with a serious amount of talent that just came up short. It is just a case of bad luck that the Suns faced two of the best dynasties in NBA history.

The early Phoenix Suns lost out on their chance to draft Lew Alcindor, now Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, but they bounced back and were able to reach an NBA Finals appearance in the 1970s. The Suns faced the Boston Celtics' dynasty in its last championship run with original players like John Havlicek and Dave Cowens. In 1993, the team faced Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls and lost Game 6 to a game-ending three-pointer.

The Suns have sent 24 players to the All-Star Game, including the likes of Jason Kidd, Amar'e Stoudemire and Charlie Scott, but these players have just missed the cut for the five best All-Stars in Phoenix Suns' history.

The Suns have had their share of success in the All-Star game. In 2009, Shaquille O'Neal was named as the game's MVP after scoring 17 points, grabbing five rebounds and collecting three assists.

The Suns, after recent talk of trying to tank the season, have been one of the major surprises of this still early 2013-14 NBA season. With the All-Star game this weekend, here are the five best All-Stars who have played for the team.

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5. Paul Westphal

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In 1976, the Phoenix Suns reached their first NBA Finals, and guard Paul Westphal was the leader of that team, taking the powerhouse Boston Celtics to six games. Westphal was a three-time All-NBA first-team player and a five-time All-Star with the Suns.

In Westphal's five appearances, the guard had 78 points, 21 assists and six steals.

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4. Kevin Johnson

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The second-best point guard in Suns history, Kevin Johnson was the ringleader of the 1993 Suns that nearly won the NBA title over Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls. Johnson was a three-time All-Star and the NBA's most improved player in 1989.

In Johnson's three games, the point guard had 13 points, three rebounds and 13 assists.

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3. Connie Hawkins

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One of the greatest scorers in NBA history, Connie Hawkins was a Hall of Famer who only played seven NBA seasons. In Hawkins' four full seasons with the Suns, he was a four-time All-Star.

The high scoring forward had 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in his four All-Star Game appearances.

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2. Charles Barkley

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The Phoenix Suns of the early 1990s were not a title contender until the team traded for Charles Barkley. Barkley nearly gave the city of Phoenix its first title but ran into Jordan's Bulls. Barkley was a four-time All-Star in all four of his seasons with the Suns. He was a one-time NBA MVP with the Suns and is a member of the 50th anniversary team.

In his four All-Star Games, Barkley had 39 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.

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1. Steve Nash

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One of the greatest point guards and distributors to ever play the game, Steve Nash was an eight-time All-Star, mostly with the Suns. Nash also was a two-time NBA MVP and was a five-time NBA assist leader.

In Nash's seven appearances, the point guard has 26 points, 47 assists and 14 rebounds.