Suns Sign Shawn Marion to Six-Year Extension
Posted: Aug. 8, 2002
The Phoenix Suns today have secured their future with Shawn Marion as the 6-7 forward signed a six-year contract for the maximum allowed by NBA rules. The contract will begin with the 2003-04 season.
“The Suns organization is thrilled to get Shawn signed to a long-term contract extension and secure an integral part of our future,” Suns President and General Manager Bryan Colangelo said. “Shawn’s talent and character earned him this contract.”
Marion was the ninth overall pick by Phoenix in the 1999 NBA Draft and he is only the second member of that draft class to agree to a long-term extension, after Baron Davis’ deal with New Orleans.
In his three seasons with the Suns, Marion averaged 16.3 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 1.2 blocks and shot .474 from the field. He finished eighth in the NBA each of the last two seasons despite being an average of three inches shorter and 30 pounds lighter than the other members of the top 15.
Marion increased his scoring production in each of his three seasons, with a personal-best 19.1 points in 2001-02 along with 9.9 rebounds and 1.84 steals. He pulled down a career-high 10.7 rebounds in 2000-01 to become the first Sun since 1995-96 to average 10-plus rebounds in a season.
The leading scorer and rebounder on the gold-medal winning Team USA at the 2001 Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia, Marion was one of 12 players selected to represent the United States at the 2002 World Championships in Indianapolis from Aug. 29 - Sept. 8.