Phoenix Suns: Steve Nash (BEST)
Yes, Steve Nash might’ve risen to prominence as a member of the Dallas Mavericks, but his time in the Metroplex was sandwiched between his first stint with the Phoenix Suns (after being drafted by them in the 1996 NBA Draft) and his return to the desert in 2004.
And we all know how things transpired when he rejoined the Suns, and partnered with Mike D’Antoni to be the quarterback of Phoenix’s celebrated “seven seconds or less” era of basketball. Nash would go on to win back-to-back MVP awards in 2005 and 2006, and to this day, he has more 50–40–90 seasons than any other player in NBA history.
Phoenix Suns: Dragan Bender (WORST)
The guy with the ferocious-sounding name turned out to be the Cowardly Lion-sort in the NBA. Dragan Bender was a 7’1 Croatian big man whom some thought would turn into an Uber-athletic big man, ala Kristaps Porzingis.
Instead, all they got was a guy who personified the stereotype of European players being “soft.” The 2016 draft wasn’t exactly a star-studded one, but the Suns have to be kicking themselves at some level for drafting Bender ahead of someone like Jamal Murray, who was taken three picks later in the same draft.