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Suns Swag: Before they were Suns

Paul, Ayton, Crowder, Nader, Monty

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Your Phoenix Suns did things before they were Phoenix Suns. It’s true, there’s a mount of evidence to support this assertion on the world wide web. And if you really, truly have money to burn, collectibles memorializing those times can be had for more money than they’re probably worth.

Chris Paul Game Used Wake Forest Jersey

Well. Practice jersey anyway.

Chris Paul spent two years at Wake Forest before turning pro in 2005. In that time he averaged 15 points and north of six assists a game and led the Demon Deacons to a number one ranking for the first time in school history. The First-Team Consensus All-American also managed a 3.21 GPA.

After a couple of seasons he thought it was time to get paid playing professional basketball. Things turned out ok. He did some things in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Houston, and Oklahoma City before his crowning achievement, starting point guard for the future NBA champion Phoenix Suns.

Two-hundred and fifty big ones is the asking price here. No mention of certification or authenticity is referenced.

Deandre Ayton Signed Sneakers

At the risk of starting a Deandre Ayton vs. Luka Doncic conversation for the millionth time, up for bid is a pair of sneakers Ayton wore while competing for the University of Arizona during the 2017-18 season.

The season was good. Ayton averaged 20 points and 11 boards, collected a boatload of awards and was eventually the number one overall pick in the NBA Draft. The season was bad. His Wildcats were unceremoniously bounced by Buffalo in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

At some point he wore these sneakers that the seller states are. exclusive Arizona KDs, only given to players.” They’re also signed by teammate Keanu Pinder, now with the Adelaide 36ers of Australia’s National Basketball League. The seller wants $875 but will hear offers.

Jae Crowder Boston Celtics Team-Issued Player Panel

My wife and I once attended an Anaheim Ducks garage sale that had a bunch of items like the one above. Those big, huge, gigantic banners that adorn the interior and exterior of the arena with names like Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. I really wanted one. I was going to buy one. My wife asked where we would put such a thing. I did not think that was a very good question. We did not buy one.

Many moons ago Jae Crowder played for the Boston Celtics where he may or may not have been torched by Devin Booker for 70 points, then took his grievances to social media. But that was yesterday. And today he is one of us.

If you can look past that, and you don’t dislike the Celtics too much, this can be yours. From the seller:

This player panel was issued to Jae Crowder during the 2017-18 NBA Season. It is officially licensed by the NBA and comes with an individually numbered, tamper-evident hologram from Fanatics Authentic and a Certificate of Authenticity from the Boston Celtics. To ensure authenticity, the item can be verified online using the Certificate of Authenticity’s unique alpha-numeric code. This process helps to ensure that the product purchased is authentic and eliminates any possibility of duplication or fraud.

Total cost after shipping is $75. Marcus Morris is there too, for $100. You probably don’t want the Marcus Morris one.

Abdel Nader Maine Red Claws Bobblehead

I should also mention that you can get an Abdel Nader banner like the Crowder one above for $75.

But you want to go even further back, allow me to present this Abdel Nader bobblehead from his time with the Maine Red Claws of the league formerly referred to as the D-League.

Nader was a late second-round pick of the Celtics in 2016. After a run through the Summer League, he put together a campaign that ended with being named the NBA Developmental League Rookie of the Year.

Some time in Boston followed. Some time in Oklahoma City after that. Up next for Nader is ‘man I can’t believe we got that much production from the guy thrown into the Chris Paul trade’ accolades.

There can’t be many of these. Fifty bucks after shipping or best offer is the ask.

Monty Williams Signed 8x10

Truly, there’s nothing special about a signed 8x10 on eBay. They are all over the place. Sports, entertainment, politics. They can be had for next to nothing.

This one caught my eye though. Monty Williams, coaching up Chris Paul, probably talking about how they are going to eventually when an NBA championship together in Phoenix. That’s gotta be it. Right?

Williams was in New Orleans for five seasons, reaching the postseason on two occasions. In only one of those seasons did he coach Paul, his first, leading the team to a 46-36 mark. He was let go at the conclusion of the 2015 season.

But now there’s only good things to come. For less than a twenty-five dollar bill you can grab this signed photo of a pair of champions, before they knew it.