The NBA is full of highlight reel players that will make you stand and applaud their feats on a nightly basis. Twenty plus years as a Phoenix Suns fan, I've cheered for many of the Suns players. From the fearless K.J's slam over arguable the greatest defender ever in Hakeem, to both of Steve Nash's MVP seasons on through this past season of highlights provided by the slash brothers and company. The Phoenix Suns have had their share of great players and wonderful seasons, but one accolade has proved elusive to the franchise, an NBA championship. In forty-six years the Suns have made the playoffs 29 times, but have only managed to make the finals twice, 1976 and 1993. With the NBA's fourth best all-time winning percentage, the Suns reign as the best franchise to have never won an NBA championship.
So what has this fantastic franchise lacked that I believe would bring the Valley of the Suns an NBA championship? A Phoenix Suns drafted Superstar.Through all my years as a Suns fan, I've noticed one thing the Suns have lacked, to draft a Superstar. They have came close with the picks of Marion, Stoudemire and the drafting of a 2x MVP player in Nash, but even those three together couldn't bring them the title. While the Suns did draft Nash, he played most of his prime with the Mavericks. For the most part the Suns have drafted well, with the exception of the last ten years. It was kicked off by drafting and trading Luol Deng. The Suns also drafted and traded Rajon Rando a star player.
The NBA is a league where you have to have star players to win, especially the NBA Championship. Whether it was the star power of Bill Russell leading the Celtics to 11 championships in the early days of the NBA or Kobe Bryant's five for the Lakers more recently. Those 16 titles between Russell and Bryant have something in common, they were all won with the team's who drafted them. The Celtics have a total of 17 NBA titles that were won by leaders like, Russell, Havlicek, Bird and Pierce. They were all drafted by the Celtics and led their teams to championships. The last ten titles that the Lakers have won, were with either Magic or Kobe, both of whom were drafted by the Lakers. To further illustrate my point that the Suns need to draft a star I'll ask a question. What's the last team to win an NBA championship without a star player that they drafted? That would be the 04' champion Detroit Pistons. Before the Pistons you'd have to go back to the 1983 champions the Philadelphia 76ers to find a team that won a championship without a drafted star. There have been five teams to win the NBA championship in the past ten years. Those five teams had one thing in common, a star player they drafted. Celtics had Pierce, Mavs had Dirk, Lakers had Kobe. Two teams with a chance to win this year are the Spurs with Duncan, and the Heat have D-Wade, both players drafted by their respective teams. While the Spurs or Heat are favored to win the 14' title, the other two teams vying for an opportunity are the Pacers and Thunder. The Pacers have a star they drafted in Paul George and the Thunder have the newly crowned MVP in Kevin Durant.
So while the Suns front office ready for another draft of mid-first round picks, the fans should have their fingers crossed with hopes of drafting the next superstar.