2002 NBA DRAFT SELECTIONS:

First Round, No. 9: Amare Stoudemire, F, Cypress Creek HS
First Round, No. 22 (from Boston): Casey Jacobsen, G, Stanford

SUNS' EIGHT-MAN ROTATION:

Guards: Stephon Marbury and Penny Hardaway; Forwards: Shawn Marion and Tom Gugliotta; Center: Jake Tsakalidis. Top Subs: Guard/Forward Joe Johnson, Forward Bo Outlaw, Center Jake Voskuhl. Free Agents in Top Eight: None.

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MARTY BLAKE'S POST-DRAFT ANALYSIS:

"They're looking for someone who can come in and really bang and that's why they got Stoudemire. Stoudemire didn't go earlier than I expected because Phoenix really wanted someone who would come out and compete. They wouldn't take Kareem Rush there because they already have Shawn Marion. They also got Jacobsen because they're looking for somebody who can shoot. The last big guard they had was Rex Chapman, from Kentucky and Jacobsen can shoot. We knew he was going to go in the first round. We didn't realize he would go to Phoenix; we thought he might go to New Jersey."

RECENT FIRST-ROUND DRAFT CHOICES:

YEAR PLAYER UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE
2001 (no first-round selection)
2000 Iakovos Tsakalidis AEK (Greece)
1999 Shawn Marion UNLV
1998 (no first-round selection)
1997 (no first-round selection)
1996 Steve Nash Santa Clara
1995 Michael Finley Wisconsin
Mario BennettArizona State
1994 Wesley Person Auburn
1993 Malcolm Mackey Georgia Tech
1992 Oliver Miller Arkansas
1991 (no first-round selection)
1990 Jayson Williams St. John's
1989 Anthony Cook Arizona
1988 Tim Perry Temple
Dan Majerle Central Michigan
1987 Armon Gilliam Nevada-Las Vegas
1986 William Bedford Memphis State
1985 Ed PinckneyVillanova
1984 Jay Humphries Colorado
1983 (no first-round selection)
1982 David Thirdkill Bradley

RECENT 9TH SELECTIONS:

YEAR PLAYER DRAFTING TEAM UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE
2001Rodney WhiteDetroit PistonsCharlotte
2000Joel PryzbillaHouston RocketsMinnesota
1999Shawn MarionPhoenix SunsUNLV
1998Dirk NowitzkiMilwaukee BucksDJK Wurzburg (Germany)
1997Tracy McGradyToronto RaptorsMt. Zion (N.C.) Christian Academy
1996Samaki Walker Dallas MavericksLouisville
1995Ed O'BannonNew Jersey NetsUCLA
1994Eric Montross Boston CelticsNorth Carolina
1993Rodney Rogers Denver NuggetsWake Forest
1992Clarence Weatherspoon Philadelphia 76ersSouthern Mississippi
1991 Stacey AugmonAtlanta HawksNevada-Las Vegas
1990Willie BurtonMiami HeatMinnesota
1989Tom Hammonds Washington BulletsGeorgia Tech
1988Rony SeikalyMiami HeatSyracuse
1987Derrick McKey Seattle SuperSonicsAlabama

RECENT 22ND SELECTIONS:

YEAR PLAYER DRAFTING TEAM UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE
2001Jeryl SasserOrlando MagicSouthern Methodist
2000Donnell HarveyNew York KnicksFlorida
1999Kenny Thomas Houston RocketsNew Mexico
1998Brian SkinnerLos Angeles ClippersBaylor
1997Ed Gray Atlanta HawksCalifornia
1996Roy Rogers Vancouver GrizzliesAlabama
1995George Zidek Charlotte HornetsUCLA
1994Bill Curley San Antonio SpursBoston College
1993Chris Mills Cleveland CavaliersArizona
1992Oliver Miller Phoenix SunsArkansas
1991LeRon EllisLos Angeles ClippersSyracuse
1990Tate GeorgeNew Jersey NetsConnecticut
1989Byron IrvinPortland Trail BlazersMissouri
1988Randolph KeysCleveland CavaliersSouthern Mississippi
1987Reggie LewisBoston CelticsNortheastern