Connect with us

Phoenix Suns

Shawn Marion: Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton Shouldn’t Be In Suns’ Ring of Honor

© Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

One of this year’s Suns’ Ring of Honor inductees, Shawn Marion, said that Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton do not belong in the team’s Ring of Honor in an interview posted by AZ Central’s Dana Scott.

Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!

Marion first pointed out that it’s not up to him, but he gave his thoughts on if it were his decision.

“People in the Ring of Honor, look at their spreadsheets,” Marion said. “Most of them had long tenures here, are top 10-15 in categories in Suns’ history. I don’t think they fill no stats on any of those. I don’t think they qualify.”

Paul helped the Suns reach new heights in his three seasons in the Valley. He was a big part of changing their future landscape to become a destination spot for players to want to come.

Paul averaged 15.1 points and 9.5 assists in 194 regular season games started. The Suns reached the NBA Finals for the first time since 1993 in Paul’s very first season in the Valley (2020-21). Paul is tied for second in assists per game in Suns’ history. He was traded for Bradley Beal earlier this offseason.

Ayton was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers two days ago. He was the Suns’ first ever No. 1 overall pick in 2018 and had an overall up and down career in Phoenix. 

Throughout his entire Suns’ career, Ayton played in 303 regular season games and averaged 16.7 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. Ayton is No. 8 all-time in Suns’ total rebounds (3,152) and third in rebounds per game. He is also third in field goal percentage (59.7%).

Marion added that Devin Booker deserves to be in the Ring of Honor.

“(Booker’s) longer tenured than anybody, I would think he’s probably going to end up being the No. 1 scorer in Phoenix Suns’ history before it’s all said and done,” Marion said.

Booker currently has 12,688 career points and needs just under 3,000 more to surpass Walter Davis’ franchise record of 15,666 total.

Marion will be inducted into the Ring of Honor along with Amar’e Stoudamire during halftime of the Suns’ home opener on Oct. 28 against the Utah Jazz.

The two will join 15 members in the Ring of Honor:

  1. Alvan Adams
  2. Charles Barkley
  3. Tom Chambers
  4. Jerry Colangelo
  5. Walter Davis
  6. Cotton Fitzsimmons
  7. Connie Hawkins
  8. Kevin Johnson
  9. John MacLeod
  10. Dan Majerle
  11. Al McCoy
  12. Steve Nash
  13. Joe Proski
  14. Dick Van Arsdale
  15. Paul Westphal

Shawn Marion on Getting the Call About His Ring Of Honor Induction: “What Was the Hold Up”

*Get the BEST Phoenix sports insider information, exclusive content, and access to our seasonal magazines! SIGN UP HERE to unlock our premium content!*

Brendan Mau is a senior writer covering the Phoenix Suns and more for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on X via @Brendan_Mau

More in Phoenix Suns