5 Best Sophomore Phoenix Suns: Bar Set High For Devin Booker

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Shawn Marion 2000-01 Phoenix Suns

The Matrix: world-class athleticism mixed with a non-stop motor and a high basketball intelligence.

A versatile athlete, Marion showed tremendous growth in his second season. He would average 17.3 points, 10.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists against 1.6 turnovers, 1.7 steals and 1.4 blocks per game. He was even named the NBA Player of the Week in late February.

At 22, Marion was already a defensive weapon for the Suns that absolutely cleaned up the defensive boards and still scored efficiently.

This Suns team, coached by Scott Skiles, went 51-31 before losing 3 games to 1 in the first round against the Sacramento Kings. The team included Jason Kidd, Clifford Robinson, and Tony Delk.