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Start, Bench, Cut: Suns Power 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.

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In this edition of start, bench, cut. The choices are between Phoenix Sun power forwards, Tom Chambers, Amar’e Stoudemire, and Charles Barkley. These are three great power forwards that are being picked by what they did while playing for the Suns.

Start: Charles Barkley

Feb 28, 1996: Minneapolis, MN, USA; FILE PHOTO; Phoenix Suns forward Charles Barkley (34) in action against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center. Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY Sports

Charles Barkley is one of the greatest power forwards of all-time. The time he spent in Phoenix was truly special. He won the most valuable player award for the 1992-93 season. That was the same season he led the Suns to the NBA Finals. Barkley was selected to one of the three All-NBA teams each year he was a Sun.

The “Round Mound of Rebound” as he was affectionately called really filled up the stat sheet during those years. He averaged 23.4 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game. The long time NBA on TNT analyst was also very efficient, shooting 50% from the floor. There is no way to start another power forward from Suns history over Charles Barkley.

Bench: Amar’e Stoudemire

May 29, 2010; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Amare Stoudemire (1) during the third quarter in game six of the western conference finals in the 2010 NBA Playoffs at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Amar’e Stoudemire was the power forward/center for the “Seven seconds or less” era of the Phoenix Suns. He ran the floor and provided timeless highlights for Suns fans. The team was a contender year after year while Stoudemire was on the squad. Phoenix made three separate appearances in the western conference finals while Stoudemire was on the team.

The former number one ranked high school prospect was very consistent during his eight seasons in the valley. He averaged 21.4 points and 8.9 rebounds per game while shooting 54% from the floor. Stoudemire has to be on any all-time Suns roster with the impact he had while playing in Phoenix.

Cut: Tom Chambers

PHOENIX, AZ – MAY 11: Tom Chambers #24 of the Phoenix Suns boxes out during Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1992 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Tom Chambers had a very good NBA career that included five years as a Phoenix Sun. In those five seasons, Chambers was an all-star three times and selected to two All-NBA teams. The Suns also enjoyed team success during the time when Chambers was the starting power forward as they made two appearances in the western conference finals.

The 16-year NBA veteran was great as a Sun. He averaged 20.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game as he shot 46% from the field. Chambers may not have beat out Amar’e Stoudemire and Charles Barkley but he is one of the greatest Suns of all-time.

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