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10 Best Scorers In Phoenix Suns History: Charles Barkley And Devin Booker Are Top 3, But Not The Best

10 Best Scorers In Phoenix Suns History: Charles Barkley And Devin Booker Are Top 3, But Not The Best

The Phoenix Suns are one of the best-run organizations right now, having represented the Western Conference in the NBA Finals last year. Thanks to a fantastic trio of Chris Paul, Devin Booker, and Deandre Ayton; the Suns have a ton of offensive firepower that can take over games against any opponent. That is why they currently have a 17-3 record with an incredible 16-game win streak, including a victory against the Brooklyn Nets.

We have collected the 10 greatest scorers in Suns history, in PPG, to uncover which players had the most impact when they were with the team. Longevity does not come into play here, because pure scoring power in the time each player played with the team is the only statistic that will be shown. There have been a ton of all-time great players that played for the Phoenix Suns, such as Charles Barkley and Steve Nash among many others.

But Barkley and Nash stand out above everybody else, as the two greatest players to ever play for the Arizona-based franchise. But where do these two Hall of Famers rank among the greatest scorers ever for the Suns? It is time to find out.


10. Walter Davis - 20.5 PPG

(11 Seasons, 1978-1988)

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At 6’6” and 193 lbs, Walter Davis had one of the silkiest jumpers in Phoenix Suns history. As the all-time greatest scorer in Suns history (15,666 total points), Davis blossomed into a superstar player after getting chosen No. 5 in the 1977 NBA Draft. He averaged 24.2 PPG in his rookie season, capturing Rookie of the Year and making the All-Star Team. The following 3 seasons, Davis averaged 21.0 PPG and made 3 more All-Star Teams. Clearly, Davis had one of the greatest starts in Phoenix Suns history.

Walter Davis would make 2 more All-Star Teams over the next 7 seasons, averaging over 20 PPG 3 times. Davis was a special offensive player and is one of the most impactful Suns stars in franchise history. Thanks to Davis’ beautiful jumper, he helped Phoenix become a perennial playoff team almost every year. One of the best pure shooters ever, Walter kicks off an amazing list of 10 great scorers.


9. Connie Hawkins - 20.5 PPG

(5 Seasons, 1970-1974)

Connie Hawkins

Connie Hawkins seemingly flew under the radar as a high-flying athlete, something that does not happen often. The reason was that Hawkins had a short peak in his NBA career, and it came during his stint with the Phoenix Suns. The 6’8” forward averaged 24.6 PPG in his first NBA All-Star Team, while also chipping in 10.4 RPG and 4.8 APG. In the next 3 seasons, Hawkins made the All-Star Team every year and averaged 19.3 PPG.

The biggest disappointment of Hawkins’ career might have been the fact that the majority of what he did on the court was not recorded on tape. The guard was incredibly explosive and was one of the greatest aerial threats of his time. Soaring, flying, and dunking were all attributed to Hawkins before Julius Erving brought it to the limelight. As a consistent scorer, Hawkins is one of the greatest Suns scorers ever and that comes as no surprise.


8. Paul Westphal - 20.6 PPG

(6 Seasons, 1976-1980, 1984)

Paul Westphal

One of the greatest Phoenix Suns players ever, the former No. 10 overall pick in the 1972 NBA Draft was a very impactful guard, averaging over 20 PPG for 5 straight years between 1976 and 1980. The 6’4” shooting guard/point guard was an efficient shooter and did not have a weakness on the floor on the offensive end. He could use both hands at a high level and was one of the stars that led the Phoenix Suns to the NBA Finals in 1976.

In the 1976 season, Westphal averaged 20.5 PPG and 5.4 APG and took those numbers to 21.1 PPG and 5.1 APG. Quite extraordinary, Westphal also led the Suns to the Finals in 1993 as the head coach of Charles Barkley, Dan Majerle, and the entire squad. Up until last year, the Suns never made the Finals without Westphal. The guard was very consistent in getting buckets, which is why he is on the top-10 list.


7. Tom Chambers - 20.6 PPG

(5 Seasons, 1989-1993)

Tom Chambers

A 6’10” big man who was an impactful scorer and rebounder, Tom Chambers had the best seasons of his career with the Phoenix Suns. The big man made 3 straight All-Star Teams during the first 3 years of his career with the Suns, putting up 25.7 PPG, 27.2 PPG, and 19.9 PPG in chronological order.

Chambers would have probably been somewhere in the top-5 on this list if he kept up that production, but he would average under 17 PPG the last 2 seasons of his career with Phoenix. His impact as an offensive presence was truly special during his prime, and he is one of two players (Antawn Jamison) to score over 20,000 points and not get elected into the Hall of Fame.


6. Stephon Marbury - 21.3 PPG

(3 Seasons, 2002-2004)

Stephon Marbury

A point guard that should have had a Hall of Fame career, Stephon Marbury had the most success in his career by playing in China. Marbury made an entire career with his international play and that allowed his brand to completely take off. But during his NBA days, “Starbury” had a 3-season run with the Suns from 2002 until 2004. Marbury made the All-Star Team in 2001 with the New Jersey Nets, averaging 23.9 PPG and 7.6 APG.

In 2002, Marbury averaged 20.4 PPG and 8.1 RPG with the Suns before averaging 22.3 PPG and 8.1 APG while making his second All-Star Team. The former 1997 All-Rookie Team member showcased incredible ball-handling, scoring, and playmaking skills with Phoenix during these seasons and he even dropped 20.8 PPG through 34 games in his 3rd season. Marbury had his moments with the Suns, and his raw talent places him in this top-10 list with ease.


5. Amar'e Stoudemire - 21.4 PPG

(8 Seasons, 2003-2010)

Amar'e Stoudemire

The high-flying forward with some of the most memorable plays in Phoenix Suns history, Stoudemire was a dominant scorer in the 516 games he played for the Suns. Taken No. 9 overall in the 2002 NBA Draft, the big man made a great start in his career averaging 13.5 PPG and 8.8 RPG while capturing Rookie of the Year. The following year, Amar’e averaged 20.6 PPG and 9.0 RPG despite only playing 55 games.

In his 3rd season, Stoudemire had the greatest year of his career by putting up 26.0 PPG and 8.9 RPG while forming an all-time great duo with superstar point guard Steve Nash. Amar’e was on the receiving end of multiple lobs and pin-point bounce basses from Nash, which allowed him to get buckets over his 8 seasons with Phoenix that included 5 All-Star Team appearances. Stoudemire was incredibly dominant thanks to his aggressive high-flying style and refined mid-range game, and it is no surprise to see him among the top-5 greatest Suns scorers.


4. Gail Goodrich - 21.0 PPG

(2 Seasons, 1969-1970)

Gail Goodrich

Mainly remembered for being an all-time great shooting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, Gail Goodrich also had a stint with the Phoenix Suns. The guard spent 162 games for Phoenix during the regular season, averaging 21.0 PPG over 2 seasons. Goodrich was a great shooter and scorer, who never backed down from opponents on the defensive end either. He was a proven winner, and he actually kickstarted his career with the Phoenix Suns.

Gail Goodrich made his first All-Star Team in the NBA with Phoenix in 1969, averaging 23.8 PPG and 6.4 APG while playing point guard for the majority of the year. The 6’1” guard averaged 20.0 PPG and 7.5 APG over 81 games, missing out on the All-Star Team that year. Goodrich used these two seasons to learn how to be a great guard, averaging over 35 MPG the next 6 seasons. Of course, Gail Goodrich is also the 4th greatest scorer in Phoenix Suns history.


3. Devin Booker - 23.0 PPG

(7 Seasons, 2016-2022)

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Quite possibly the next shooting guard to climb the ranks of all-time Suns greats, Devin Booker is only 25 years old and has an extensive resume. He has a 70-point game, an NBA Finals appearance, and has been a member of two All-Star Teams. The All-Star scorer has an incredible array of offensive moves that lead to buckets, and he is gaining more confidence as the months go by.

Devin Booker is benefiting greatly from the presence of Hall of Fame point guard Chris Paul, and that will only lead him to achieve greatness in his career. “Book” has been dubbed the next big thing at the shooting guard, similar to how Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade were. While the young man has a ton left to accomplish to reach all-time great status, he is on the right track and is currently the 3rd greatest scorer in Suns history.


2. Charles Barkley - 23.4 PPG

(4 Seasons, 1993-1996)

Charles-Barkley

Considered the greatest Phoenix Suns player of all time, Charles Barkley went on a tear over the 4 years he played for the franchise. After 8 superstar seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers, Barkley went on to play 4 straight All-Star Teams with the Suns. Charles was 29 years old in his first season with Phoenix, so he was still in his prime at that time. Barkley averaged 25.6 PPG and 12.2 RPG, following that up with 21.6 PPG and 11.2 RPG. In his final two years, Barkley averaged 23.0 PPG and 23.2 PPG to solidify an incredible scoring resume.

“Chuck” was an undersized big man at 6’6”, but he played as if he was 5 inches taller. He was so powerful and strong, using his lower body strength to box out opponents and crash the offensive boards. Barkley was also ultra-competitive and had natural leadership instincts that stemmed from his desire to get buckets in the paint. Barkley made the Finals in 1993 with Phoenix on his back and had an all-time great career. But Charles is not the greatest Phoenix Suns scorer ever, as one man is ahead of him.


1. Charlie Scott - 24.8 PPG

(4 Seasons, 1972-1975)

Charlie Scott

The player that stands ahead of Charles Barkley is Charlie Scott, a 5-time All-Star and Hall of Fame shooting guard. The 6’5” guard made 3 All-Star Teams with Phoenix, putting forward the best years of his NBA career with the Suns. Scott was a beast in the ABA, averaging 30.6 PPG over 2 seasons. But the guard joined the Suns after 73 games in his second ABA season, finishing 6 games that year and averaging 18.8 PPG.

But Scott would blossom into a dominant scorer, averaging 25.2 PPG his first-full season in the NBA and making the All-Star Team. The following year, Scott put up 25.4 PPG on 45.9% shooting from the field in his second straight All-Star Team. At 26 years old, Charlie Scott averaged 24.3 PPG on 44.1% shooting while making his third All-Star Team. The guard was very consistent as a scorer because he had athleticism and length to go along with a natural touch around the rim, making him the greatest scorer for the Phoenix Suns.

Most Points In Phoenix Suns History

Here are the ten players with the most total points in Phoenix Suns history:

1. Walter Davis - 15,666

2. Alvan Adams - 13,910

3. Kevin Johnson - 12,747

4. Shawn Marion - 12,134

5. Dick Van Arsdale - 12,060

6. Amar'e Stoudemire - 11,035

7. Steve Nash - 10,712

8. Devin Booker - 9,843

9. Paul Westphal - 9,564

10. Larry Nance - 8,430

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