The Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement is coming up this weekend with five new inductees, Michael Jordan, David Robinson, John Stockton, Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan and Rutgers women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer
This got me into thinking who from the Suns is in the Hall of Fame. The list is surprisingly very short considering how successful, at least record wise, that the Suns are: Jerry Colangelo, Charles Barkley and Connie Hawkins.
Colangelo is obviously the most important figure in Phoenix sports history, helping bring Phoenix professional basketball, baseball and hockey. Barkley and Hawkins might have been more successful and gained notoriety with other teams but their impact on the Suns is not forgotten on loyal fans.
The Suns might not have any players who will make the Hall of Fame in the near future but here are my five members from the Suns past who might deserve some consideration. Active players are not included in this list as I won’t judge a player's Hall of Fame credentials until his career is finished.
Dishing out assists and diving through opponents KJ quickly became a fan favorite averaging over 20 points a game and double digit assists in three of his first four seasons with the Suns
Plus who can forget the three-time all-star’s playoff dunk over Hakeem Olajuwon. KJ leads the Suns in assists and free throws. He was such a team player for the Suns that he came out of retirement when Jason Kidd broke his ankle to help the Suns make a push for the 2000 playoffs.
Majerle was booed when he was drafted. Boy, do Suns fans ever regret that mistake. Majerle went on to become one of the most popular players to ever play for the Suns
Known for his outside shooting and his tenacious defense, Thunder Dan is the all-time leader in three-point field goals. He helped lead the Suns run to the Finals in 1993. Majerle was traded to the Cavs in 1995. He also played for Miami before coming back to Suns for one final season.
The Oklahoma Kid has been the Suns only true center worth remembering (Amare is not a center). Adams was the Suns first Rookie of the Year (1975) and helped lead the Suns to the NBA championship his rookie season. Adams leads the Suns in games played, rebounds and, surprisingly enough, steals. Sadly, the Suns have never had a true center like Adams since he retired in 1988.
The Voice of the Suns has been the Suns play-by-play man since 1972, so 36 of the Suns 41 seasons. The most amazing thing about McCoy is that he has only missed one game due to illness during his tenure; even then he still hosted the pre and post-game show for that game. McCoy is known for his trademark phrases “Shazam” and “Swish-a-Roo For Two”.
A mascot? Yes, the originator of sideline antics got his start in the early 80’s as a singing telegram deliverer. The team eventually hired the ape to get the crowd excited but The Gorilla is known for his high-flying dunks.
Teams followed the Suns lead adapting the strange and weird, ranging from the San Diego Chicken to the Phillie Phantic. If there were a Mount Rushmore of Mascots, The Gorilla would be sure to be on it.