Top 8 Most Embarrassing Players in Phoenix Suns History

Roberto PayneContributor ISeptember 11, 2012

Top 8 Most Embarrassing Players in Phoenix Suns History

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    The Phoenix Suns have the fourth-highest winning percentage in NBA history (.558), but that doesn't mean there haven't been embarrassing blemishes on the team.

    However unwanted these players are, every team is bound to come across players that don't mesh well with the team or have some characteristic that makes you embarrassed to admit that player is on your favorite team.

    Whether it be Robin Lopez, Hedo Turkoglu or Yuta Tabuse, the Suns have had their fair share of frustrating players.

    Read on to see which eight players are the most embarrassing in Phoenix Suns franchise history.

Josh Childress

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    Josh Childress was acquired in a sign-and-trade deal with Atlanta and signed to a $30-plus million contract in the aftermath of losing Amar'e Stoudemire.

    He proceeded to take his spot at the end of the bench for the next couple seasons.

    Childress assumed the role of one of the worst contracts in the NBA and was waived this offseason via the amnesty clause.

    Childress's signing was paired with the next guy to form a terrible 2009 offseason for Phoenix.

Hedo Turkoglu

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    Hedo Turkoglu was acquired in a trade with the Toronto Raptors in 2009 to help lessen the loss of Amar'e Stoudemire. It's safe to say this deal didn't pan out.

    Turkoglu floundered in his 25 games as a Phoenix Sun before being traded away to the Orlando Magic in what was a fantastic move for the Suns.

    Needless to say, the front office dodged a couple bullets by trading away Turkoglu and amnestying Josh Childress.

Eric Piatowski

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    Eric Piatkowski signed with the Phoenix Suns as an unrestricted free agent before the 2006-07 season, and the former sharp shooter played in only 27 games for the team over the next two years.

    Piatkowski was a part of a disappointing 2006 offseason, and the elder statesman never lived up to his hype as a knock-down shooter for the team.

William Bedford

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    William Bedford looked the part of a top draft pick when the Suns took him sixth overall in the 1986 draft, but the seven-footer found himself out of town after one year in the desert.

    Bedford's one year in Phoenix was enough to keep him in the NBA, but drug abuse quickly caught up to him and he was out of the league after only six seasons.

    Bedford is currently serving a 10-year sentence in prison for drug-related charges. This is definitely not the type of player an organization longs to be associated with.

Yuta Tabuse

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    This was a cheap but incredibly silly free-agent signing by the Phoenix Suns. Yuta Tabuse was all of 5'9" and 165 lbs. and was simply not ready physically or mentally to play in the NBA.

    Tabuse only appeared in four games in the 2004-05 season and was not re-signed.

    It's safe to say signing a scrawny and extremely small point guard isn't acceptable unless it's Spud Webb or Earl Boykins. Thankfully, the team chose not to re-sign Tabuse.

Earl Clark

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    Earl Clark was drafted 14th overall in the 2009 draft by the Suns and was supposed to use his versatility to make a difference at small forward.

    Clark could never string together solid performances and was included in a deal with the Orlando Magic that brought Marcin Gortat and Vince Carter to Phoenix.

    The Suns essentially gave up on Clark after not even two seasons, but that's not what makes Clark embarrassing. What makes this pick embarrassing is that the Suns passed on Jrue Holiday, Ty Lawson, Jeff Teague, Rodrigue Beaubois, Taj Gibson, Marcus Thornton and Chase Budinger.

    Any one of those players who had been a huge addition to the team and could have helped for the long haul.

Antonio McDyess

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    Antonio McDyess is easily the best player on this list, but his time as a Phoenix Sun was too short and awkward to not be embarrassing.

    The Suns gave up three first-rounders, two second-rounders and two players in the three-team deal that landed McDyess in Phoenix, but waived him a little more than a year after his acquisition.

    McDyess played on several other teams until he was, once again, traded to the Phoenix Suns in 2004. This stay was even shorter than the last, as McDyess played in only 24 games seasons.

    Nothing like giving up a ton of draft picks to eventually waive a guy!

Robin Lopez

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    Robin Lopez was drafted 15th in the 2008 draft and looked to be the franchise center the Suns had lacked for so long.

    Well, that didn't work out, and Lopez now finds himself a member of the New Orleans Hornets.

    It's not like Lopez wasn't a productive player or anything, he just happened to look like a caveman. And anytime you are known as a caveman, you're probably doing something wrong.