Creating the Phoenix Suns’ All-Time Starting Lineup

Assembling the Phoenix Suns' All-Time Starting Lineup

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Since the team's inception in 1968, the Phoenix Suns have been one of the most successful franchises in NBA history. Though the team has never won a championship, the Suns have made nine Western Conference Finals appearances and two NBA Finals appearances. There have been plenty of great players in Suns history, but these five would be the starters on Phoenix's All-Time Team.

PG: Steve Nash

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PG: Steve Nash

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Steve Nash is guaranteed to show up on any list pertaining to all-time Phoenix Suns greats, no matter what the topic is. Nash was arguably the best player in franchise history during his two stints in Phoenix. In his second stint, Nash two MVP awards, had six All-Star appearances,and helped Phoenix reach three Western Conference Finals series. He is the all-time franchise leader in three-pointers made, three-point percentage and assists.

SG: Kevin Johnson

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SG: Kevin Johnson

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Kevin Johnson was the second-best player on the 1993 Suns team that lost Michael Jordan in the finals, and although Johnson is not a natural shooting guard, he was too good to be sitting on the bench. Johnson flourished with the Suns, making three All-Star appearances and helping Phoenix make the playoffs in 12-consecutive seasons. Johnson's best play came in 1994 as he dunked over Houston's Hakeem Olajuwon.

SF: Connie Hawkins

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SF: Connie Hawkins

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"The Hawk" went from the ABA to the NBA in 1969 and spent just three seasons with the Suns. Though his stay in Phoenix was relatively short, all three seasons were All-Star campaigns, and they were also the best NBA seasons of his career. In his first season in Phoenix, his best season in the NBA, Hawkins put up 24.6 points and 10.4 rebounds per game along with 4.8 assists.

PF: Charles Barkley

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PF: Charles Barkley

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Charles Barkley was not a member of the Suns for nearly as long as some of these other players, but some of his greatest seasons came in purple and orange. In his first season with the Suns (1992-93), Barkley averaged 25.6 points and 12.2 rebounds per game, leading the Suns to the NBA Finals and winning the MVP award as well. Barkley made the postseason in each of his five seasons with the Suns.

C: Amar'e Stoudemire

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C: Amar'e Stoudemire

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Amar'e Stoudemire was not a traditional NBA center when he was with Phoenix, but for this team, he slides in as the team's starting center. In his eight seasons in Phoenix, Stoudemire made five All-Star game appearances, was the 2003 NBA Rookie of the Year and was part of two Western Conference Finals teams. Knee injuries clouded his career, but when healthy, he was one of the best big men in the 2000s.

Brian Kalchik is a Detroit Lions writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+.

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