For our next What If episode, we go back into the vault. During the first year Phoenix was awarded an expansion franchise, a generational talent was available in the 1969 draft. Between the downtrodden Milwaukee Bucks and the expansion Suns, both had the chance to land UCLA’s Lew Alcindor (aka Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) at No. 1 overall.
Unfortunately for the Suns, they called heads and it landed on tails. Kareem went on to play in Milwaukee alongside Oscar Robertson and win a championship.
What happens if Kareem donned purple and orange at the beginning of his career? Does he ever leave the Suns, like he did Milwaukee after six seasons, or does Phoenix have an NBA Hall of Famer for 20 years?