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The Best Phoenix Suns First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft  

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List Rules Vote based only on career success with the Phoenix Suns. Only picks made since the NBA/ABA merger (since 1977).

The history of Phoenix Suns first-round draft picks is mixture of beloved superstars for the franchise and disappointments who could not live up to expectations. For every two-time MVP like Steve Nash or six-time All-Star like Walter Davis, two of the best NBA players of all time, there are all-time first-round draft busts such as Earl Clark and William Bedford.

The Suns have never won a championship and famously passed on John Stockton and Karl Malone in back-to-back drafts, leaving Phoenix fans to wonder what might have been. Of course, the Utah Jazz took Stockton and Malone in the draft and couldn't turn that into a title either.

But which player deserves to be at the top when looking at their contributions to the Suns? The stats below reflect only the players’ time spent with Phoenix, and that’s what you should base your vote on. Did this player help improve the Suns franchise?

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1
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Phoenix Suns First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 9 (2002)

Stats
516 games played, 21.4 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.4 bpg

Achievements
5× NBA All-Star (2005, 2007–2010)
All-NBA First Team (2007)
3× All-NBA Second Team (2005, 2008, 2010)
NBA Rookie of the Year (2003)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2003)

2
Shawn Marion is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Phoenix Suns First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 9 (1999)

Stats
660 games played, 18.4 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.9 spg, 1.4 bpg

Achievements
4× NBA All-Star (2003, 2005–2007)
2× All-NBA Third Team (2005, 2006)
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2000)

3
Walter Davis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Phoenix Suns First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 5 (1977)

Stats
766 games played, 20.5 ppg, 4.4 apg, 3.2 rpg, 1.4 spg

Achievements
6× NBA All-Star (1978–1981, 1984, 1987)
2× All-NBA Second Team (1978, 1979)
NBA Rookie of the Year (1978)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1978)

4
Dragan Bender is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Phoenix Suns First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 4 (2016)

Stats
171 games played, 5.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg

5
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Phoenix Suns First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 15 (1996)

Stats
744 games played, 14.4 ppg, 9.4 apg, 3.1 rpg

Achievements
NBA Most Valuable Player (2005, 2006)
6× NBA All-Star (2005–2008, 2010, 2012)
3× All-NBA First Team (2005–2007)
2× All-NBA Second Team (2008, 2010)
2× All-NBA Third Team (2002, 2003)

6
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Phoenix Suns First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 20 (1981)

Stats
487 games played, 17.3 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.9 bpg

Achievements
NBA All-Star (1985)

7
Michael Finley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Phoenix Suns First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 21 (1995)

Stats
109 games played, 14.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.3 apg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1996)

8
Jay Humphries is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Phoenix Suns First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 13 (1984)

Stats
294 games played, 10.8 ppg, 6.3 apg

9
Kyle Macy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Phoenix Suns First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 22 (1979)

Stats
393 games played, 10.6 ppg, 4.0 apg

10
Tyler Ennis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Phoenix Suns First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
Tyler Ennis

Draft selection: 18 (2014)

Stats
8 games played, 2.6 ppg

11
Anthony Cook is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Phoenix Suns First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 24 (1989)

Stats
Never played for Suns

12
William Bedford is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Phoenix Suns First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 6 (1986)

Stats
50 games played, 6.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg

13
Sergio Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Phoenix Suns First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 27 (2006)

Stats
Never played for Suns

14
Malcolm Mackey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Phoenix Suns First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 27 (1993)

Stats
22 games played, 1.5 ppg

15
Devin Booker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Phoenix Suns First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 13 (2015)

Stats
272 games played, 21.4 ppg, 4.2 apg, 3.4 rpg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2016)

16
Deandre Ayton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Phoenix Suns First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
Deandre Ayton

Draft selection: 1 (2018)

Stats
71 games played, 16.3 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 1.8 apg

17
Dan Majerle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Phoenix Suns First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 14 (1988)

Stats
595 games played, 13.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.4 spg

Achievements
3× NBA All-Star (1992, 1993, 1995)
2× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1991, 1993)

18
Josh Jackson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Phoenix Suns First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 4 (2017)

Stats
156 games played, 12.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.0 spg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2018)

19
Markieff Morris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Phoenix Suns First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 13 (2011)

Stats
345 games played, 11.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg

20
Alex Len is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Phoenix Suns First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 5 (2013)

Stats
335 games played, 7.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.0 bpg

21
Wesley Person is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Phoenix Suns First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 23 (1994)

Stats
240 games played, 12.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1995)

22
T. J. Warren is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Phoenix Suns First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 14 (2004)

Stats
261 games played, 14.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg

23
Marquese Chriss is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Phoenix Suns First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 8 (2016)

Stats
154 games played, 8.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2017)

24
Oliver Miller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Phoenix Suns First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 22 (1992)

Stats
176 games played, 7.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.4 apg

25
Armen Gilliam is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Phoenix Suns First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 2 (1987)

Stats
145 games played, 14.7 ppg, 7.2 ppg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1988)