Phoenix Suns Draft History
June 15, 2011
The first-ever draft pick by the Phoenix Suns was Dick Van Arsdale, but not as part of the NBA Draft of college players. "The Original Sun" was taken from the New York Knicks in a disperal draft created to supply the NBA's expansion teams with existing players.
South Carolina's Gary Gregor became the first college player drafted by the Suns in the 1968 NBA Draft.
The Suns lost a coin flip to Milwaukee for the top pick in the 1969 draft. The Bucks won and drafted Lew Alcindor, while the Suns selected Florida center Neal Walk, who would average 14.7 points and 8.9 rebounds over five seasons in Phoenix.
The Suns selected Notre Dame forward John Shumate with the 4th overall pick in the 1974 NBA Draft.
With the 4th overall pick in the 1975 NBA Draft, the Suns selected Oklahoma center Alvan Adams, who would go on to win Rookie of the Year. Adams played all 13 season of his career in Phoenix and is in the club's Ring of Honor.
Ricky Sobers was the Suns' second selection of the first round in 1975 and 16th player taken overall. Sobers played two years in Phoenix before being traded to Indiana for Don Buse.
The Suns selected Ron Lee with the 10th pick in the 1976 NBA Draft. Lee became a crowd favorite in his three seasons with his all-out style, diving and sliding for loose balls.
Phoenix selected North Carolina guard Walter Davis with the 5th overall pick in the 1977 NBA Draft. "Sweet D" played 11 seasons for the Suns and remains the club's all-time scoring leader.
The Suns selected Kentucky guard Kyle Macy with the 22nd pick of the 1979 NBA Draft. Macy shot 51 percent from the field and 88 percent from the foul line during his five years with the Suns.
Clemson forward Larry Nance was selected in the first round of the 1981 NBA Draft (20th overall), and averaged 17 points over a seven-year career in Phoenix.
The Suns selected Iowa State guard Jeff Hornacek with the 46th pick of the 1986 NBA Draft. Hornacek played six seasons for the Suns and became a fan favorite.
The Suns selected Temple forward Tim Perry with the 7th overall pick of the 1988 NBA Draft. After playing four years, Perry was traded to Philadelphia in 1992 in the deal for Charles Barkley.
Central Michigan's Dan Majerle was the Suns' second pick of the first round in 1988, although the selection was initially booed at the team's draft party. Majerle quickly became a fan favorite and would eventually be inducted into the Suns' Ring of Honor.
Arkansas center Andrew Lang was selected in the second round of the 1988 NBA Draft. Lang played four years with the Suns, before being traded to Philadelphia in 1992 in the deal that brought Charles Barkley to Phoenix.
Arizona guard Steve Kerr was also selected in the second round of the 1988 NBA Draft. Kerr played just one year in Phoenix, but went on to win five NBA Championships with the Bulls and Spurs.
Phoenix selected guard Negele Knight out of Dayton with the 31st pick in the 1990 NBA Draft. Knight played three seasons in Phoenix before being traded to San Antonio in 1993.
With the 48th overall pick of the 1990 NBA Draft, the Suns selected Cedric Ceballos out of Cal-State Fullerton.
Richard Dumas was a second-round selection by the Suns in the 1991 NBA Draft. The athletic, high-flying forward played a key role on the '92-93 team, and averaged 15.8 points and 4.3 rebounds in the 1993 NBA Finals.
The Suns selected Arkansas center Oliver Miller with the 22nd pick of the 1992 draft. In his rookie season, the "Big O" played a big part in the Suns run to the 1993 NBA Finals.
The Suns selected Auburn guard Wesley Person with the 23rd pick in the 1994 NBA Draft. After three seasons with the Suns, Person was involved in a three-team trade that that brought forward Antonio McDyess to Phoenix.
Wisconsin forward Michael Finley was taken with the 21st pick in the 1995 NBA Draft. Finley played just two years in Phoenix, but averaged nearly 16 points a game over 15 NBA seasons.
Having played across town at Arizona State, forward Mario Bennett was a popular selection as the Suns' second pick of the opening round in 1995. However, Bennett played just 19 games in Phoenix before being released.
The Suns selected Steve Nash out of Santa Clara with the 15th overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft.
An excited Nash receives a congratulatory call from the Suns.
The Suns selected Shawn Marion out of UNLV with the 9th overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft.
Marion played nine seasons in Phoenix, averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds a game.
Jake Tsakalidis was a 7-2 center from the Republic of Georgia that was drafted by the Suns in the first round in 2000. Jake played three seasons in Phoenix before being traded to Memphis in 2003.
The Suns selected forward Alton Ford in the second round of the 2001 NBA Draft. Ford played just two years in Phoenix.
The Suns chose Amare Stoudemire with the 9th overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft, the club's first-ever pick directly out of high school.
Stoudemire was interviewed on TNT following the selection.
The Suns also selected guard Casey Jacobsen in the first round of the 2002 draft. Jacobsen spent two and a half season in Phoenix before he was traded to New Orleans for Jim Jackson.
Zarko Cabarkapa was selected in the first round by the Suns in the 2003 NBA Draft. Zarko played one full season with the Suns before being traded to Golden State.
Cabarkapa was the Suns' only selection in 2003, but a draft-night trade with San Antonio brought Leandro Barbosa to Phoenix.
DJ Strawberry was a second-round selection of the Suns in the 2007 NBA Draft. Strawberry, the son of major league player Darryl Strawberry, played just one year in Phoenix.
The Suns selected Wisconsin swingman Alando Tucker late in the first-round of the 2007 NBA Draft. Tucker played sparingly in three seasons for Phoenix.
Stanford big man Robin Lopez is congratulated by NBA Commissioner David Stern after being selected by Phoenix with the 15th pick in the 2008 draft.
The Suns selected Louisville forward Earl Clark with the 14th pick of the 2009 NBA Draft. Clark was a part of the trade with Orlando that brought Marcin Gortat to the Suns in 2010.
The Suns selected forward Markieff Morris from the University of Kansas with the 13th pick in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft.
Markieff's twin brother, Marcus, was the very next selection (14th overall) by the Houston Rockets.