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Start, Bench, Cut: Suns Small Forwards

Start, Bench, Cut is a very popular game that is played among sports fans. It usually involves three players from different eras who played the same position. For example, you may see a post on social media that says, Start, Bench, Cut, Larry Fitzgerald, Cris Carter, or DeAndre Hopkins. Now who out of these three great wide receivers would be the starter, the one coming off of the bench, and the one who is cut off of the team. It is mean’t to be very difficult.

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On this edition of start, bench, cut. The choices are the best small forwards in Phoenix Suns history, Mikal Bridges, Connie Hawkins, and Shawn Marion. There are other small forwards who could be in this game as well, Cliff Robinson and Eddie Johnson to name a couple.

Start: Shawn Marion

PHOENIX, AZ –  (Photo credit: MIKE FIALA/AFP via Getty Images)

Shawn Marion played with the Suns for eight plus seasons. This was during a great time where Marion, Steve Nash, Amar’e Stoudemire, and Mike D’antoni made history. The teams that Marion was on were always in contention. The Suns made two appearances in the western conference finals.

Marion averaged 18.4 points and 10 rebounds per game while shooting 48% from the floor and 34% from three.  He was selected to four all-star teams and four All-NBA teams.

Bench: Connie Hawkins

Unknown date; New York, NY, USA; FILE PHOTO; Phoenix Suns forward Connie Hawkins in action against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Manny Rubio-USA TODAY Sports

Connie Hawkins played in Phoenix for four plus seasons. He was selected for four all-star teams and an All-NBA team during those years. Hawkins averaged 20.5 points, 9 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game. The former Iowa Hawkeye was efficient as well. He shot 46% from the floor.

The Suns didn’t have much playoff success during those years but Hawkins was consistently one of the best players on the floor.

Cut: Mikal Bridges

Nov 20, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges celebrates a shot against the New York Knicks in the second half at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Mikal Bridges played with the Suns for four plus seasons. He was one of the most durable athletes in the NBA during that time. Bridges did not miss a game during his time in Phoenix. The improvement in his game from his rookie season until now has been tremendous.

Bridges may be set to have a breakout season in Brooklyn this year. He may have a better career than Marion and Hawkins but his time in Phoenix wasn’t good enough to make this fantasy roster.

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