The Phoenix Suns have had some wildly popular players suit up for the organization throughout the years. Despite never winning a championship, those iconic purple uniforms have been matched with some unbelievable talents out on the court.
The Suns’ fanbase is also as passionate as any you will find out there, which makes asking them who the most popular player in the history of the franchise is a fun exercise. We’ve already attempted something similar here, with Devin Booker being named by you as the greatest Sun of all time.
Still only 26-years-old, there’s no way Booker could actually go ahead and be the most popular as well, right?
Unsurprisingly Booker does make the list, although there are one or two names that may catch you off guard. After all, the most popular doesn’t always mean the best. Michael Jordan might be Michael Jordan – but for a minute there – it felt like Dennis Rodman was the most popular member of the Chicago Bulls.
Well… he seemed to think so anyway. So enjoy this trip down memory lane, and remember to keep an open mind with the choices made here. If you don’t like what you see — then make sure you vote next time we attempt something like this, so as to have your say!
7. Richard Dumas/Mikal Bridges (less than 1% of the vote)
A strange place to start, but both Richard Dumas and Mikal Bridged both received one vote each, so we will start there! Dumas only played 83 games total for the organization, although he was on the roster during the team’s run to the 1993 NBA Finals.
This vote was likely done as some kind of joke, with Dumas himself having gone on television in the past to talk about his issues with substance abuse. But if not for the issues off the court that plagued him, Dumas would have been a second round pick by the franchise that worked out. The talent was there, we just didn’t get to see enough of it.
Mikal Bridges on the other hand, is exactly the kind of player who is always going to show up on lists like this. At no point in time during his tenure with the team was he their best player. But he was traded in the deal that got the Suns Kevin Durant, and he looks like he might be an All-Star with the Brooklyn Nets in future.
Bridges is an elite defender, and was himself part of a team that made the finals in 2021. If you liked up 100 fans of a certain age and asked them their favorite player, Bridges would appear at least once. Just like he has here. A fine choice to end up on this list, even if his inclusion is going to surprise some.