Phoenix Suns Around the World

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Phoenix Suns Around the World
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Following the Phoenix Suns' trade that sent backup point guard Sebastian Telfair to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Hamed Haddadi and a second-round pick, I jokingly told my dad and a fellow Suns fans that the franchise is attempting to become the first in the NBA to have had a player (at one point or another) from every country on planet Earth.

Now, ideally Suns fans and management would prefer player personnel decisions to be predicated upon the player's value, rather than marking off each international Suns player's respective country on the map. Despite that, it’s interesting to take note of the variety of players in Suns history who hail from different countries.

Some have played a massive role in franchise history, such as two-time MVP Steve Nash (South Africa/Canada) and Sixth Man of the Year award winner Leandro Barbosa (Brazil). Others have simply notched meaningless minutes during a short stint in Phoenix.

Regardless of their overall role, the Suns franchise has seen an incredibly diverse group of players over the years.

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