The Phoenix Suns have not had an All-Star representative since the 2012 All-Star Game in Orlando. This was when Steve Nash was still dishing out over 10 assists per game and got voted in as a reserve by the coaches. Before that the Suns had a 6 year run, from 2005 to 2010, when at least two Suns players played in the All-Star Game each year.
Throughout that period Amar'e Stoudemire , Shawn Marion and Steve Nash were taking turns as Suns representatives, joined once by Shaquille O'Neal in 2009 (when Shaq had to share the MVP award with Kobe Bryant), making it a total of 13 Suns All-Star appearances in 6 seasons.
In 2007, all three; Amar'e, Shawn and Steve were in the All-Stars mix together. Since then there haven't been 3 All-Star players from the same Western Conference team.
Prior to 2007, three Suns were on the same All-Star team in 1993, though then one of them was the coach: Paul Westphal joined by Charles Barkley as a starter and Dan Majerle as a reserve of the bench. The last time three Suns players were on the same All-Star team was way back in 1981; Walter Davis, Truck Robinson and Dennis Johnson with Suns coach John MacLeod acting as the West Team's coach. Four franchise representatives in one All-Star Game is pretty good.
The point of this history lesson is that the Phoenix Suns have been quite successful in their All-Star appearances. Looking through the rosters of past All-Star Games the Suns have seldom been left out.
It hasn't all just been coach voting either, the fans have had a hand in it as well. Most of all in 2010 when both Amar'e and Steve were voted in as starters getting a total of over 3 million fan votes.
So what of our odds this year?
If there is to be a Sun on the 2015 All-Star Game roster either or both of two things need to happen:
If the Suns get back on their winning pace in the next month or so with Goran Dragic remaining as consistent and as efficient as he has been this past few weeks, there is a chance the coaches vote him in as a reserve based a bit more on last year's play/snub.
Lots of voting. Suns fans, want to enjoy the All-Star Game a bit more this year? Want Goran to
love Suns fans forever and never leave do the midget and throw a pass to Steph Curry for the 3? Want to see Eric block LeBron? Want Gerald Green to dunk on Hibbert? Want some twin synergy confusing the East? Want to troll and finally get Zoran Dragic in the game? Did at least one "YES!" go through your mind? Well, then lets get voting. Now! And be sure to get your friends, family, strangers on the street involved. There are only 37 days left to vote.
How to vote?
There are 5 easy ways: Online, Mobile, using Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Detailed instructions below:
Voting ends on January 19 and starters will be announced on TNT on Thursday, January 22. The 64th NBA All-Star Game will take place in New York City's Madison Square Garden, on Sunday, February 15, 2015.