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Richard Dumas...what could have been

I remeber as a kid, watching the Sun's trade for Charles Barkley in the summer of 1992. I was so excited thinking about the potent line-up we would run out on the floor. Mark West, Charles Barkley, Cedric Ceballos, Dan Majerle, and Kevin Johnson would be the team I felt could finally dethrone DA BULLS.  This team was fully of savy vets and a couple of rookies that were trying to crack the rotation. Oliver Miller from Arkansas was one rookie ( I knew him well being from the South) and Richard Dumas from Oklahoma State ( I wasn't familiar with him at all). As well as Oliver Miller played that year, Richard Dumas was far and away the Suns best rookie. He even unseated Cedric Ceballos for the starting small forward spot. Now Ced was super athletic, but Dumas a freak and quickly gained his teams respect with his abilities. Dumas was Shawn Marion with a nice jumper. He had pogo sticks for legs and believed in finishing emphatically at the rim. The Suns were so impressed that they sent Ceballos packing to the Lakers over the Summer of 1993. Sadly a drug suspension cut short Dumas career with the Suns. Dumas bounced around the league to a couple other teams, but never was able to recapture or build upon his outstanding rookie year. Richard Dumas could have been something special if only he could have exercised his demons. This is another moment in Suns history that didn't quite turn out the way we thought.

game 5 of 1993 finals Richard Dumas at his best

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