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

Updated July 26, 2019 311 votes 13 voters45 items

List RulesVote 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?

  • Amar'e Stoudemire1

    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)

  • Shawn Marion2

    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)

  • Walter Davis3

    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)

  • Larry Nance4

    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)

  • Dan Majerle5

    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)

  • Devin Booker6

    Draft selection: 13 (2015)

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

    Achievements
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (2016)

  • Deandre Ayton7
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    Deandre Ayton

    Draft selection: 1 (2018)

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

  • Dragan Bender8

    Draft selection: 4 (2016)

    Stats
    171 games played, 5.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg

  • Michael Finley9

    Draft selection: 21 (1995)

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

    Achievements
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (1996)

  • Alando Tucker10

    Draft selection: 29 (2007)

    Stats
    47 games played, 4.3 ppg

  • Anthony Cook11

    Draft selection: 24 (1989)

    Stats
    Never played for Suns

  • Armen Gilliam12

    Draft selection: 2 (1987)

    Stats
    145 games played, 14.7 ppg, 7.2 ppg

    Achievements
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (1988)

  • Casey Jacobsen13

    Draft selection: 22 (2002)

    Stats
    190 games played, 5.5 ppg

  • David Thirdkill14

    Draft selection: 15 (1982)

    Stats
    49 games played, 4.0 ppg

  • Ed Pinckney15

    Draft selection: 10 (1985)

    Stats
    160 games played, 9.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.0 spg

  • Jake Tsakalidis16

    Draft selection: 25 (2002)

    Stats
    157 games played, 5.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg

  • Jayson Williams17

    Draft selection: 21 (1990)

    Stats
    Never played for Suns

  • Jay Humphries18

    Draft selection: 13 (1984)

    Stats
    294 games played, 10.8 ppg, 6.3 apg

  • Kyle Macy19

    Draft selection: 22 (1979)

    Stats
    393 games played, 10.6 ppg, 4.0 apg

  • Luol Deng20

    Draft selection: 7 (2004)

    Stats
    Never played for Suns

  • Malcolm Mackey21

    Draft selection: 27 (1993)

    Stats
    22 games played, 1.5 ppg

  • Mario Bennett22
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    Mario Bennett

    Draft selection: 27 (1995)

    Stats
    19 games played, 4.5 ppg

  • Marty Byrnes23
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    Marty Byrnes

    Draft selection: 19 (1978)

    Stats
    43 games played, 6.8 ppg

  • Nate Robinson24

    Draft selection: 21 (2005)

    Stats
    Never played for Suns

  • Oliver Miller25
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    Oliver Miller

    Draft selection: 22 (1992)

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