“With the (insert high teens to low twenties number) pick in the (insert year) NBA Draft, the Phoenix Suns select…”
When David Stern has uttered these words over the last decade or so, chances are that whatever name comes next will merely be a footnote in the team’s record book. Few teams have shown such a recent disdain for the draft process. Of the 11 first round picks the team has made over the last ten years, only two – 2008 pick Robin Lopez and Earl Clark the following year – are currently on the roster.
For every Shawn Marion or Amar’e Stoudemire hit, there are two Zarko Cabarkapa or Alando Tucker misses.
Far more numerous than the polarizing “hit” or “miss” classification is the “dealt” tag. The most common result for the Suns on draft day has been the trading or outright selling of a pick shortly after their selection. Sadly for Suns fans, several of those picks have become impact players in the league.
What follows is the All-Time "What If" team comprised of players who were drafted by Phoenix and then were quickly sent packing without ever suiting up for the Suns.