Team GM: Bob Adlhoch, Executive Producer, Suns Productions
Honorary Coach: Alvin Gentry
With a mixture of players ranging from the 1970s to today, I needed a coach with an old-school mentality that would appeal to the likes of Ricky Sobers, Truck Robinson and Charlie Scott while having the ability to communicate with and relate to players of today’s era. Alvin will hold everyone accountable defensively while still allowing the offense the freedom to run. As the great relationship builder, Alvin will get more out of Penny Hardaway than any coach he actually played for in his career.
First Pick: Amar’e Stoudemire
My team is named in honor of our first round pick, Amar’e Stoudemire, and his high flying, amazing, impossible to describe dunks (insert pic of dunk over Tolliver here!). When looking at the Suns’ history, there is one position that has almost always been an issue. So when the player that has had the 3 greatest statistical seasons at center was still available at the 7th pick (of an 8-team draft) I couldn’t pass him up. In fantasy league terms, the Suns’ list of centers goes like this: Amar’e, Neal Walk (people often forget what a fantastic player he was – 20 pts, 12 rebs in 1972-73), Alvan Adams and Shaq. That’s it! Gortat had a nice season in 2011-12, Mark West was very valuable to the late-80s/early-90s teams, but mostly for stuff that doesn’t count in fantasy hoops. By contrast, the Suns have had many great guards (KJ, Nash, Kidd, Westphal, Van, Sweet D, Goodrich, DJ) and forwards (Barkley, Chambers, Charlie Scott, Marion, EJ, Hawkins, Nance).
Favorite Pick: Charlie Scott
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After snagging Stoudemire with my 1st pick, I selected the player I had rated as the top wing – from the way back machine – Charlie Scott. An excellent shooter, Scott averaged 25 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds during the 1972-73 season. He was also good enough to fetch Paul Westphal in a trade with the Celtics in 1975, setting up the nucleus to Phoenix’s first NBA Finals team.