Robert Sarver known by many as the Suns owner and is also someone who’s taken nearly all the blame for the Suns shortcomings. Sarver’s sale of 1st round draft picks during Steve Nash’s prime is until this day considered by everyone in the basketball world foolish, selling the rights to guys like Loul Deng, Rajon Rondo, and Nate Robinson.
It’s no secret Sarver has made foolish decisions, I mean no matter how good your team is you don’t sell first round picks. Sarver was also often slammed for his unwillingness to go over the NBA luxury tax line during the Suns golden years from 2004-2010 to improve the teams talent and maximize their odds of winning a title. Sarver’s decisions ever since he brought the team from Jerry Colangelo back in 2004 may very well haunt the Suns for years to come.
Going forward with Robert Sarver being everybody’s boss, can the Suns win a title? The Suns were recently ranked 29th in terms of future power rankings on ESPN.com and said this about him “We’re pinning much of the blame on owner Robert Saver. He’s the worst type of owner — both a spendthrift and a meddler who doesn’t really know basketball. It’s virtually impossible for us to rate the job GM Lon Babby has done because of Saver’s influence on basketball decisions.”
Rebuilding a franchise back to championship level is no easy feat, just look at all the pieces that had to fall in place just for a team like the Thunder to be competitive again; don’t forget about the two miserable losing seasons.
Robert Sarver will be a huge factor on whether or not the Suns can get back to their winning ways, his willingness this off-season to throw huge money at Eric Gordon may be a sign that he’s no longer the owner who sold multiple first round picks. Granted the damage has been done and if Mr. Sarver wants to regain some popularity with Suns fans he’s got to show some results and take a hit on his own bank account for the benefit of this organization.