Phoenix Suns' 5 Most Overrated Players of All Time
The Phoenix Suns have had some great players like Charles Barkley, Kevin Johnson and Steve Nash, but the team has also struck out with overrated players.
Players who were signed or traded for to come in and make a difference, but didn't. That is basically the definition of overrated as it applies to the NBA.
A couple players immediately come to mind. The scary thing is most of them were acquired in the summer of 2010.
Read on to see which five players are the most overrated Phoenix Suns players of all time.
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Hedo Turkoglu was known as a point-forward type player when he came to Phoenix in 2010, and left as an overpaid and under-performing veteran wing.
Turkoglu was acquired to help the Suns recover from the loss of Amar'e Stoudemire, but he ended up losing his starting job after only 16 games with the team.
His passing and scoring skills seemed to be a perfect fit for Phoenix's uptempo system. He just couldn't perform.
After nine games in a bench role, the Suns shipped Turkoglu off to the Orlando Magic and saved themselves from one of the worst contracts in the NBA.
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Oh how the summer of 2010 was terrible to the Phoenix Suns.
First they lose Amar'e Stoudemire to the New York Knicks and then they go out and acquire Hedo Turkoglu and Josh Childress.
He showed promise in his four previous seasons with the Hawks and was supposed to be a key bench cog for the new-look Suns.
After signing a $34 million contract, he immediately began regressing and soon faded into a bench role.
He became one of the worst contracts in the league and ended up being amnestied this offseason.
It's safe to say the Suns struck out with this deal.
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Antonio McDyess started out his NBA career with considerable promise on the Denver Nuggets and was traded to the Phoenix Suns in a three-team deal before the 1997-98 season.
McDyess had a solid year with the Suns, but was released after the season in what is still a confusing move.
Why would the franchise deal three first-round picks and two second-round picks for a player and then release him after only one year?
It just didn't add up.
The team acquired McDyess again in 2004 in a deal that sent Stephon Marbury to the New York Knicks. McDyess would go on to play 24 games with the Suns and didn't re-sign in the offseason.
McDyess is overrated not solely for his play, but for all the team gave up to get him in trades that amounted to nothing.
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Marcus Banks showed enough potential in his first three NBA seasons to be considered a premium free agent in 2006 and chose to sign a five-year deal with the Phoenix Suns.
Banks was supposed to step in and eventually become Nash's replacement, but that certainly didn't end up well.
All in all, Banks frustrated fans and teammates alike with his inability to play behind Nash and has struggled to reclaim his former promise.
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Here we are back in the summer of 2010, as Hakim Warrick makes this list based on his labeling of Amar'e Lite and his subsequent flop on the roster.
Warrick was yet another pickup in 2010 to help offset the loss of Stoudemire but quickly became a terrible signing.
Luckily for the Suns, management traded away Warrick and Robin Lopez to the New Orleans Hornets this offseason.