Elaine Marion raised Shawn and his three sisters in the Chicago suburbs.
Shawn has always been close to his mother and credits her for his strength of character and willingness to help others.
Shawn and twin sister Shawnett pose for a family portrait.
Shawn has sported many different hair styles in his 25 years.
The Marions moved to Clarksville, Tenn. when Shawn was in junior high school.
Shawn's high school jersey at Clarksville (Class of '96) was retired during a special halftime ceremony at a football game in 2000.
A young Shawn Marion bumped into Jason Kidd while at AWA for a junior college tournament the day Kidd arrived in Phoenix, and years before the two would play on the same Suns team.
After playing for two seasons at Vincennes Junior College in Indiana, Shawn moved on to big-time college hoops at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
In his only season at UNLV, Shawn averaged 18.7 points and 9.3 rebounds...
... and was named Western Athletic Conference Mountian Division First Team and gained a spot on the All-Defensive Team.
The Suns drafted Marion with the ninth overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft.
Shawn (with NBA Commissioner David Stern) became the Suns' first first-round pick since 1996 and the first lottery choice since 1988.
Suns President Bryan Colangelo introduced Shawn to the Valley the day after drafting the 6-7 forward.
Shawn was seen as a potential future All-Star and became a fan favorite from the start.
Shawn was given the nickname "The Matrix" by TNT commentator and former NBA guard Kenny Smith.
Shawn played on Team USA at the 2002 World Championships and won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2001 Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia when he paced the squad with 13.4 points and 7.6 rebounds..
The 6-7 forward improved his scoreing, steals and minutes played in each of his first four NBA seasons.
Shawn has taken an active role in the community.
His incredible leaping ability and soft touch from the outside have made Shawn one of the most productive small forwards in the league.
The Matrix's hard work was rewarded with his first All-Star selection last season.
Marion joined a group of entertainers and athletes for a tour of American military bases in the Middle East last summer.
Shawn worked hard over the offseason, adding over 10 pounds of muscle to his athletic frame.