10. Rodney Rogers
(15.8 WS / .133 WS per-48)
There was a time when the Phoenix Suns could apparently land anybody they wanted to fill out their roster. Whenever they were on the verge of slipping back, a solid player was always seemingly available, and Jerry Colangelo could always find a way to fit him under the cap.
Rodney Rogers was one of those guys.
A good role player who had formerly been a regular start but in the season prior to signing with Phoenix had began developing as a a sixth man extraordinaire, Rogers provided toughness, strength in the post, a really good outside shot (he recorded a career-high 43.9% from beyond the arc in 1999-00, his first season in Phoenix – the fourth best percentage in the league that year), and depth that all competitive teams so desperately need.
Rogers’ time with the Suns was short, only two and a half seasons before being traded in a package for Joe Johnson, but in his first, he became the second Phoenix Sun to be awarded with the league’s Sixth Man Award, running away with the hardware, garnering 104 of 121 first place votes.
His 43.9% from 3 that season is to this day still tied for the 10th best single season shooting percentage from beyond the arc in franchise history.