Leandro Barbosa’s appearance in Wednesday night’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves was sure to give Phoenix Suns fans a warm feeling of nostalgia. The Brazilian Blur etched his name in Suns lore as one of the most integral parts of the Run-and-Gun Suns led by two-time MVP Steve Nash.
Barbosa won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award for the 2006-07 season, joining a historic list of Suns super subs in the process.
Barbosa averaged 18.1 points per game off the bench for Phoenix the year he won the award, but is he the best sixth man who has ever put on a Suns uniform?
The Suns franchise has had four players win Sixth Man of the Year, though all four brought different skill sets to the table.
So in honor of Barbosa’s return to the Valley of the Sun, I found it appropriate to rank the best sixth men in Suns history.
Note: This ranking dates back to the 1981-82 season, because prior to that year there are no records of who started and who came off the bench. This seems appropriate since the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award didn’t exist until the 1982-83 season.
If you are wise enough to remember great Suns sixth men of the 1970s, please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section below.