Tom Chambers, Ring of Honor Inductee in 1999
November 10, 2011
In his last season with the Suns, Chambers and the Suns lost to the Chicago Bulls in the 1993 NBA Finals.
After a successful career as a center at the University of Utah, Tom Chambers was the eighth player selected in the 1981 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers.
Chambers was traded to Seattle after two seasons and became an All-Star with the Sonics in 1987, one of four times he was named in his career. The other three were as a member of the Suns.
Chambers became the first free-agent signing when the rule took effect in 1988. Seattle failed to match the offer (restricted free-agent status) and Tom became a member of the Suns in June.
In an early interview after his signing, Al McCoy gets up to Chambers' level with a little help. Be sure to scroll down this page.
Chambers averaged 25.7 points per game in his first season with the Suns and was selected to the All-Star Game for the second time in his career.
Chambers averaged a career-high 27.3 points during the second year with the Suns, earning an All-Star selection and All-NBA Second Team honors.
Chambers averaged 20.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game during his career in Phoenix.
The Suns opened the 1990-91 season with two regular season games played in Japan.
Chambers completed one of the greatest dunks in NBA history over the Knicks' Mark Jackson in 1993. This statue immortalizes the event.
Here's a closer look.
Chambers and the Suns would return to the Western Conference Finals in 1992-93 and beat Seattle for the right to play for the NBA title.
Chambers played in his only NBA Finals in 1993. in this photo, Tom shoots over Scott Williams, who would become a member of the Suns nine seasons later.
Also playing for the Bulls that year was Bill Cartwright (24), now an assistant coach with the Suns.
Tom averaged over 16 points and nearly six rebounds a game during his playoff career with the Suns.
Chambers enters the court prior to Game 6, which would be his last home game in Phoenix.
The Suns lost Game 6 to the Bulls, 99-98, marking the last time Chambers would suit up in Phoenix.
Chambers signed with his hometown Utah Jazz (born in Ogden and played college ball at Utah) following the 1993 season and played two more years in the NBA before playing abroad.
Chambers appeared in his first All-Star Game in 1987 as a member of the Seattle Supersonics and was named MVP after scoring 34 points in Seattle.
In addition to his participation in his first All-Star Game, Chambers was part of the slam dunk contest in 1987.
Chambers second All-Star Game was in 1989 as a member of the Phoenix Suns.
Chambers made his third appearance in four years in the 1990 All-Star Game, along with teammate Kevin Johnson (7).
Chambers last appearance in an All-Star Game was in 1991, representing the Suns.
Chambers helped coach during the 2008 Celebrity Shootout game held at US Airways Center.
At the 2009 All-Star Game held in Phoenix, Chambers was one of the speakers at the NBA Legends Brunch.
Chambers headed up a portion of the Jam Session at the 2009 All-Star game.
Chambers and Dan Majerle were judges in the 2009 NBA Sprite Slam Dunk Contest.
Tom signs for an admiring fan during his stint as a celebrity waiter.
Chambers signs autographs for fans in the Casino Arizona Pavillion at US Airways Center.
Chambers, along with broadcasters Eddie Johnson and Tim Kempton and Suns Director of Player Programs Mark West, help load a plane with supplies for Covenant House.
Chambers was inducted into the Suns Ring of Honor on March 3, 1999. His sign hangs along the facing of the upper deck at US Airways Center.
The Tom Chambers wall stands on the upper level of US Airways Center.
Chambers has been a mainstay with Suns broadcaster Tom Leander on Suns pregame and postgame shows airing from the Paseo at US AIrways Center.
Chambers enjoys a lighter moment set with FOX Sports Arizona's Brad Steinke and Phoenix-born American Idol winner Jordin Sparks.
Thomas Doane Chambers, 1988-1993. NBA All-Star (1987, 1989-91). All-Star Game MVP (1987). All-NBA Seocnd Team (1989 & 1990). Suns Ring of Honor (4-18-99).