The Phoenix Suns two years ago became one of the few NBA teams ever to pair two brothers, and now they plan to become the only team in NBA history to put TWO brother tandems together at once with Zoran Dragic and Goran Dragic.

The Phoenix Suns love their brother tandems, don't they?

After starting the trend with Van Arsdales together back in the 1970s, the Suns have been a brother haven in recent years. First it was cool to grab one of two NBA-playing brothers: Robin Lopez, Luke Zeller, Jarron Collins, Taylor Griffin, Markieff Morris, Miles Plumlee... all in the past five seasons!

Then less than two years ago the Suns went the full monty and paired Marcus Morris with Markieff on the same team. The results have been positive over time, with Markieff blossoming into a sixth man of the year candidate while Marcus was highly productive in his own right, just under 10 points and 4 rebounds in 20 minutes per night.

Now, the Suns are working hard to bring 25-year old Zoran Dragic to the Suns to play with his All-NBA older brother Goran, a tandem not really given much credence until this year's World Cup.

Zoran played very well next to Goran as the second-best player on a team that went further than expected - to the final 8 in the world. Zoki, as he is called, put up 12.9 points (43% on threes), 4 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in the tournament. The 6'5" shooting guard makes his name on tough, spirited defense more than anything though, helping the Slovenians succeed despite having a very limited front court after the retirement and injury of their best big men.

Zoran (Zoki) hasn't really been considered a pure NBA prospect until this past year. He played for Houston's summer league team in 2012, but did not play much and returned to Europe without an NBA offer.

But now he's gotten interest from at least seven NBA teams. Marc Stein of ESPN says it's really only three in the running - the Kings, Pacers and Suns - and now multiple reports out of Slovenia indicate that Zoki is leaning heavily toward the Suns offer.

And now there's this tweet this morning.Zoran-tweet

Our own followers broke this story on Bright Side - first Jogi via email to me yesterday, and then supported by Drumbeat and kajketi as they saw more reports coming out in Slovenia that it really is going to happen. I would post the links they shared, including a video of Goran saying there's a good chance Zoran is coming over, but there's often been translation issues and you guys won't click the links anyway.

Jogi emailed me yesterday that a trusted source said this would happen, but we didn't report it because it was only one source.

Then Drumbeat shared a couple more links last night. Goran and the Suns will reportedly share Zoki's buyout ($600,000 by the Suns, $150,000 by Goran) from his Euro team so he can come over to the NBA without coming up with that money himself.

Goran talked earlier this offseason that he misses his brother, that they often only get to Skype occasionally, because they played in different countries.

Now, they will reportedly be able to see each other every single day.

My big question for media day to any non-Morris, non-Dragic: So, who wants to be the 5th man in that lineup? Do you think any of them will even notice you out there?

I believe it was Leiland Tanner, AKA Eutychus who used to do these back in the day, but since he has restricted himself to rare cameo appearances I stole his Kool-Aid and made like a jealous ex, stalking all your favorite Suns' social media pages to find out what they've been up to over the past four months.

Oh blessed thee, glorious social media. You're a window to the souls of everyone who uses thee, you're the tarot cards for every story in which we struggle to fill the blanks. You complete us.

As we near the dawn of training camp, allow me to put on my stalker cap (replete with a Groucho Marks fake glasses, nose and mustache combo) and share with you all the glorious findings of your Phoenix Suns and their respective summer vacations. Read on.

Goran Dragic

Everyone's favorite dragon has had quite the busy summer, as usual for him. Of course he's balling it up with the always dapper Slovenian national team:

Slovenian national basketball team. @zoran_dragic @Edo_Muric @JakaBlazic @kzs_si @JakaKlobucar @ #junaki

— Goran Dragic (@Goran_Dragic) September 1, 2014

That's Gogi doing the James Bond pose at the bar, back center. The Slovenians had a good run during the FIBA World Cup but were upended by the Americans yesterday.

Of course the classiest of Slovenians get the classiest sponsorships:

Thanks to my sponsor #BMWMakoma for a great wedding ride #RollsRoyce

— Goran Dragic (@Goran_Dragic) August 26, 2014

He managed to find time to catch up with his former Bench Mob backcourt mate:

Brazilian national team in Ljubljana !!! What a great guys !!! @TheBlurBarbosa

— Goran Dragic (@Goran_Dragic) August 23, 2014

And his topless former mentor:

3 generations of PGs: @SteveNash @Goran_Dragic and selfie's author Matic Rebec

— Luka Bassin (@LukaBassin) July 24, 2014

A damn fine summer for the Dragon by the looks of it.

Tyler Ennis

The Suns' rookie point guard has yet to officially begin his NBA career, but is already getting started at giving back to his hometown community in Toronto, eh.

Excited to announce that I have started my own AAU program in Toronto. Tyler Ennis Team Jordan Brand!

— Tyler Ennis (@tdot_ennis) September 4, 2014

Hey the last time the Suns there drafted a point guard from Canada it didn't work out to bad, donchaknow? He also got to throw out the first pitch for a Blue Jays game, oh you betcha!

Thanks to Brampton's @tdot_ennis of the @Suns for throwing out tonight's first pitch!

— Blue Jays-Official (@BlueJays) August 25, 2014

And he just turned 20 years old, for Pete's sake.

Birthday in an hour... #20

— Tyler Ennis (@tdot_ennis) August 24, 2014

Archie Goodwin

The Mongoose also just turned 20 years old..

Such a blessing to see 20 years. Thanks for all the Birthday Wishes. Much appreciated !! #BURR

— Archie Goodwin (@A1Laflare10) August 17, 2014

And we all know growing boys love their grub:

Somebody cooking breakfast or no

— Archie Goodwin (@A1Laflare10) August 7, 2014

These young kids never go anywhere without their backpacks. Not even to Summer League.

RT @NBA: Check out Archie Goodwin's @suns-inspired backpack (via nba snapchat) #NBASummer

— Archie Goodwin (@A1Laflare10) July 16, 2014

Saying goodbye must be a tough part of this business, especially for the young guns.

I'm Really going to miss @Channing_Frye next year but I am still very happy for him

— Archie Goodwin (@A1Laflare10) July 7, 2014

But just cause the boy is young doesn't mean he can't give some sage advice:

Don't let these women trick you. 9.975/10 the don't look like they do on IG

— Archie Goodwin (@A1Laflare10) June 5, 2014

He also has some legit work ethic, busting it on the court during rookie workouts.

Wait, @A1Laflare10 ran 28 court lengths in 3 minutes today? I'm exhausted just reading about that.

— Jacob Padilla (@JacobPadilla_) May 31, 2014

Plus he gets bonus points for giving my boy Omaha a RT.

The Mo Bros

Our favorite twins recently embarked on what I can only assume was a vigilante crime-fighting expedition:

Late night run.. #FOE

— Marcus Morris (@MookMorris2) September 8, 2014

They allowed ESPN voters to pick their next tattoo, given the choice between dogs, Grandma, and FOE.

YOU GUYS. @Keefmorris & @MookMorris2 are LETTING US PICK THEIR NEXT TATTOO. (!!!!!!!) Place your votes!! #FanSourced

— ESPN The Magazine (@ESPNMag) August 26, 2014

I don't know if the polls have closed and frankly I don't care. I'm still hurt that my write-in candidate -- a tattoo of me making a weird face -- received no consideration.my_face.0.jpgWho says no to a mug like this?

Anyway, the twins also held a back-to-school backpack giveaway in their hometown of Philadelphia.

How R the @Suns giving back this off season? @Keefmorris @MookMorris2 host #FOE Backpack Giveaway in their hometown!

— Suns Community (@SunsCommunity) August 15, 2014

Mook is looking forward to making the playoffs and getting freaky...

This is how I'm gonna be when we make the playoffs next year!!!! lil guy to funny #teamfoe

— Marcus Morris (@MookMorris2) June 26, 2014

For the most part it looks like they were all business this offseason, sweating it out in Phoenix and getting ready for the season. And Twitter confirms all over again that these twins might as well be of the Siamese variety. Never separated.

FOExTSM = greatness

— Marcus Morris (@MookMorris2) August 29, 2014

Miles Plumlee

The Plumster did some outreach work in China...

Basketball clinic w/ the Shanghai vocational school for the deaf. These kids are truly amazing and…

— Miles Plumlee (@milesplumlee13) August 14, 2014

Apparently walked out on a Dave Attell show, and got called out for it...

That awkward moment when Dave Attell calls you and your brother out for leaving the comedy…

— Miles Plumlee (@milesplumlee13) August 8, 2014

Took some time to troll Archie on Instagram...

And appeared in the background of an episode of Parks and Recreation. Oh that Miles...

Watching @parksandrecnbc and spotted a certain @Suns center in the background... @milesplumlee13 #multitalented

— Daniel Chelgren (@DanChelgren) July 14, 2014

Anthony Tolliver

The A-Train had a rather poignant take on the Atlanta ownership fallout...

Donald Sterling has NBA owners snitching on themselves! Trying to cash out like he did! #idontblameyou #sterlingspunishmentwas2billion$

— Anthony Tolliver (@ATolliver44) September 7, 2014

Has had some difficultly adapting to the idiosyncrasies of the desert...

I wash both my cars today and it's pouring... In the desert smh

— Anthony Tolliver (@ATolliver44) September 7, 2014

Joined Al McCoy to speak at Central High School...

.@ATolliver44 speaks 2 students @ Central HS "Set goals & set them high because it's possible 2 achieve those goals."

— Suns Community (@SunsCommunity) September 5, 2014

Had a practical problem while still in Charlotte...

I need someone that lives near uptown Charlotte that can rebound for me! Ill be here for like 3 more weeks!

— Anthony Tolliver (@ATolliver44) August 3, 2014

And apparently has a custom-made Suns onesie (Sunsie?) for his son, which is pretty damn adorable.

Phoenix Suns Anthony Tolliver @ATolliver44 has some fun with his son during a basketball camp in Springfield.

— Nathan Papes (@NPapes) July 22, 2014

Isaiah Thomas

The other new Sun had some fun back home in Washington with the fam...

They havin fun...

— Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas2) September 7, 2014

Did some working out with Floyd Mayweather...

Just got done running 5miles with the champ @FloydMayweather #TMT #LateNightEarlyMornings

— Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas2) September 3, 2014

Gave out 500 backpacks in Tacoma, WA...

#Tacoma Come support my 4th annual backpack giveaway Today 1-4pm @ Titlow Park...

— Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas2) August 30, 2014

Attended a Midnight Madness game in Seattle with Chris Paul, but was forced to sit out with his bum wrist...

Coach @Isaiah_Thomas2 and @Cp3 at last night's midnight madness game @seattleproam | VIDEO:

— (@Ballislife) August 24, 2014

Worked on establishing his roots in Phoenix...

Any GREAT barbers out here in phx?? You see I didn't say GOOD I need a GREAT barber

— Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas2) September 10, 2014

Waxed nostalgic on fellow Huskie Brandon Roy...

Thinking about how Cold Brandon Roy was... If he didn't get injured he woulda went down as 1 of the best SGs to ever play the game #HomeTeam

— Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas2) August 19, 2014

Gave away another 300 backpacks in Phoenix...

Backpack giveaway & School Supply drive today!!

— Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas2) August 13, 2014

Held his basketball camp in Sacramento, which surely must have been bittersweet...

Love! RT @Kings_6thMan: Loyalty Equals Love. @Isaiah_Thomas2 will always b a part of our Kings Family! #ForeverPurpIe

— Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas2) July 28, 2014

If you're not fond of Isaiah Thomas, I can only assume that your soul is filled with dookie. Just my personal opinion.

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T.J. Warren

The Suns rookie continued to prove through his tweets that he isn't exactly the loquacious type...

To tell the truth I only kick it with a few people, if that.

— TJ Warren (@TonyWarrenJr) August 31, 2014

Watch the snakes, cause they watching you

— TJ Warren (@TonyWarrenJr) August 20, 2014

You need attention but it can’t be from me

— TJ Warren (@TonyWarrenJr) July 25, 2014

While also living up to his reputation as a workaholic...

Gym Gym Gym Gym Gym Gym

— TJ Warren (@TonyWarrenJr) August 13, 2014

And finding the time to challenge Elfrid Payton with this trick shot...

Whats up @elfrid, I'm challenging you to beat this trick shot #hoopsrookie

— TJ Warren (@TonyWarrenJr) August 3, 2014

Who says the dude doesn't have range? Even better, he seems quick to embrace his new employer.

Draft hat still on

— TJ Warren (@TonyWarrenJr) June 27, 2014

Phoenix is amazing!

— TJ Warren (@TonyWarrenJr) June 29, 2014

That about wraps it up ... tune in next week to find out what I found after rummaging through the garbage cans out front of these guys' houses. You wouldn't believe what these guys just throw out!

Also, a quick memo to Gerald Green, Alex Len and Shavlik Randolph: Start tweeting dudes! Bunch of commies...

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The Phoenix Suns maintain a proud tradition rooted in strong guard play, and exciting, uptempo basketball, from Paul Westphal and Walter Davis to Kevin Johnson and Jeff Hornacek to Steve Nash, and now to Goran Dragic. Frontcourt play hasn't always been up to those same standards. Let's enjoy some gallows humor in profiling 10 of the most disappointing big men in Suns history.

As with any list of this type, it's important we first define our terms. To make this roll call of basketball craptitude, a player had to have the following, uh, "qualities":

  1. "Big man" is a player who played primarily either C or PF.
  2. Must have been acquired by the Suns either through a 1st round draft pick, or a significant trade or free agency signing. To disappoint requires some initial investment and expectations. Sorry, Horacio Llamas and Garret Siler. You don't qualify.
  3. "Disappoint" is a subjective term, but I'll define it as a poor performer who never justified his initial investment due to his play. Injuries don't count. Danny Manning's 1995 knee injury was one of the most disappointing moments in my life as a Suns fan, but it wasn't Manning's fault. He was a great player who only disappointed because his body refused to cooperate. As such, he doesn't deserve to be roasted like Luc Longley.
  4. Bonus disappointment points go to players who cost the Suns a great player in trade (glaring in your direction, Hot Rod Williams!) or who were suspects in violent crimes (rhymes with Bustaf).
Buckle in if you want go on here, because my usual pithiness is unavailable for this task.

Without further ado, my list of horrible, awful, not very good Suns big men through the years, in alphabetical order:

William Bedford - It's appropriate to begin this list with a player who was both bad at basketball after being drafted #6 overall by the Suns in the 1986 NBA Draft, and then also went on to do time in prison. It's as if Bedford focused his energies to make a list like this one. Bravo, William.

The 7'0" Bedford starred in college at Memphis State, scoring 17.3PPG and snagging 8.5RPG as a junior in 85-86. Selecting him at #6 seemed to be a smart choice for a Suns team coming off a 32-50 season featuring the center quartet of an aging Alvan Adams, James Edwards, Rick Robey and raw, unknown Nick Vanos.

Unfortunately, Bedford sucked like a Dyson in his one Suns season, posting only 6.7PPG and 4.9RPG on 39.7% shooting as the Suns limped to a 36-46 record and long-time coach John MacLeod was fired. Then, the Suns shipped him out to Detroit, where even Dennis Rodman thought he was immature.

Rodman was right, and Bedford ended up in prison on drug trafficking charges. If only Bedford were able to demonstrate the emotional intelligence and self-control of Dennis Rodman...

Tom Gugliotta - One could say Googs doesn't qualify because he disappointed due to injury, but I disagree. Googs disappointed me because he was the "Is Pepsi OK?" of Suns players. You know how it is when you're in a restaurant and order a Coke. Then the waitress asks, "Is Pepsi OK?" And you reply, "Yeah, I guess so." Antonio McDyess was Coke, and Googs was Pepsi. And no, it's not OK. I wanted McDyess, dammit!

Luc Longley - I don't know why anyone ever thought Longley was good at basketball, but Godfather of Phoenix professional basketball Jerry Colangelo apparently did. Coming off a season in which they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs, the Suns seemed primed to make a splashy acquisition in the tradition of Charles Barkley, Danny Manning and Jason Kidd after the lockout ended in early 1999.

Kidd, Gugliotta and Cliff Robinson clearly needed another piece. My hopes were high, and then...a sign and trade for Luc F-ing Longley, the least integral member of Jordan's Bulls? The Suns traded filler (Mark Bryant, Martin Muursepp and Bubba Wells) and a first round pick (later used for Ron Artest. Wha...?). The Suns also agreed to pay Longley 5 years/$30M.

Let's hear what John Paxson-leaving-open-er and then-Suns head coach Danny Ainge had to say:
"Everybody thought he rode the coattails of Michael (Jordan) and Scottie (Pippen)," Suns coach Danny Ainge said, "and obviously he doesn't have all those rings if Michael and Scottie aren't on his team. But at the same time, I think he would have been a lot more effective without Scottie and Michael on the court."
Um, no? Actually, Longley could coast because he was surrounded by great players on a championship team in Chicago. He played two seasons with the Suns, and was just sorta...there, not making any difference at all. He didn't exceed 9 PPG or 6 RPG in his Suns career.

Had this blog been around at the time, I have no doubt fans would have called for Longley to be bitten by a shark. Longley even joked about it. While he was never actually bitten by a shark, Longley was stung by a scorpion while sorting his CDs at home as a member of the Suns.

As far as I can tell, I'd probably like Luc Longley as a person. I'd enjoy body surfing with him, then going through his CDs to find just the right music to listen to as we discussed said body surfing session. But, Longley as a Suns player? I take the side of the scorpion.

In this 3:45 career highlight video, about 0:15 are dedicated to his time in Phoenix. I have nothing to add to that.

Oliver Miller - As part of the 1992-93 NBA Western Conference Champion Suns team, who was only the 22nd overall pick in the draft and made great contributions as a rookie on that team, Miller almost doesn't belong on this list. Miller averaged an impressive 12.1 points, 8.7 rebounds and 4.2 blocks/36 minutes in the 1993 playoffs, followed that up with a great 1993-94 regular season, but then his weight problems started catching up to him.

The Suns let Miller leave as a free agent in the summer of 1994, and the mid-90s Suns continued to be plagued by poor center play. This led to the awful trade of Dan Majerle for Hot Rod Williams, which in part led to Charles Barkley's dissatisfaction and trade demand.

Had the Really, Really Big O been able to control his weight, uber-athletic forward Richard Dumas beaten his drug addiction, and each lived up to potential, there's no doubt in my mind the Suns would have brought home a title.

Jerrod Mustaf - The only player on this list to be suspected in a murder investigation, Mustaf should win a prize for a special type of disappointment. A #17 pick of the New York Knicks acquired by the Suns when they dealt Xavier McDaniel, the 6'10", 240 lb PF allegedly had decent upside as a player. He had been an 18.5PPG, 7.7 RPG player as a sophomore at Maryland, but Mustaf never accomplished anything of note in a Suns uniform.

But forget all that. Mustaf was a suspect after his pregnant girlfriend was shot in the back of the head. As the theory went, Mustaf had another man kill her after she refused to have an abortion.

It did not take investigators long, according to Maricopa County court records, to develop a theory. They alleged that Mustaf had Hayes killed because she refused to have an abortion. Court records say the victim, who was three months pregnant, contacted a lawyer about seeking child support from Mustaf.

The victim's family and friends told authorities that Hayes, 27, said Mustaf was the father and that the former University of Maryland star offered her $5,000 to get an abortion.

When she refused, police allege Mustaf flew his cousin LeVonnie Wooten from Maryland to Arizona to kill her. Afterward, Wooten's girlfriend, who had accompanied him to Arizona, testified that while driving Wooten to California, she saw him dismantle and discard a gun piece by piece in the boundless desert.

Authorities were never able to gather enough evidence to charge Mustaf, so maybe he was innocent. Or maybe he got away with murder. In any case, snorting coke or eating one's way off the team don't sound so bad in comparison, do they?

Ed Pinckney - Pinckney was a decent player selected by the Suns from the surprising NCAA Champion Villanova Wildcats (they defeated Patrick Ewing's Georgetown team in one of the greatest upsets in NCAA Tournament history) with the 10th pick of the 1985 draft. He fit the Suns profile perfectly as a smart player and solid citizen. After playing two OK seasons in Phoenix, he was traded for the quality yield of Eddie Johnson, then went on to play another 10 seasons as an NBA role player.

It's hard to dislike Ed Pinckney, and I don't. However, there was just one problem. The Suns selected him at #10 in that draft as a PF, passing on another PF who ended up being one of the greatest of all-time at the position: Karl Malone. On his own, Pinckney was a fine pick. Not great, not terrible. When figuring into the equation what was missed, sorry, EZ-Ed. I'm let down.

Rick Robey - Two of our final four disappointing former Suns big men were acquired in exchange for great players. In Robey's case, the Suns inexplicably traded 4-time NBA All-Star, 1-time Finals MVP, and 5-time NBA All-Defensive Team member Dennis Johnson to the Boston Celtics for career backup center Robey. The Suns also managed to surrender a first round pick in this 1983 deal.

There really wasn't much reason to expect a lot out of Robey. He had been a solid backup, but nothing more. What was Jerry Colangelo thinking? That the Suns needed to bolster their front line after a first round exit in the previous season's playoffs. Unfortunately, minus DJ and plus Robey, the Suns declined from a 53 win team to a 41 game winner.

They were able to surprise in the playoffs, and make it all the way to the WCF. It would be hard to give Robey, with his Jarron Collins-ian 1.8 points and 1.0 rebounds per game in the postseason much credit for that, however. Robey went on to play 50 more games for the Suns before being released in 1986.

DJ's Celtics career? He went on to play 7 seasons for them, make another All-Star game, win two more NBA Championships, and make four more NBA All-Defensive teams. I give the Celtics the slight edge in that trade.

Leonard "Truck" Robinson - Truck was another who was a pretty good player, just never quite lived up to expectations. He even made an All-Star team for the Suns in 1981, after being acquired from the New Orleans Jazz for two bit players (Ron Lee and Marty Byrnes) and two first round picks in early 1979. As you might expect for a player with the nickname "Truck," Robinson was a stout, low post PF.

He produced well on a 50-win Phoenix team, averging 16.0PPG. and 8.7RPG on 51% FG shooting. While the Suns went on to appear in the 1979 Western Conference Finals, losing in 7 games to the eventual champion Seattle SuperSonics, Robinson saw his playoff production decline across the board. Soon, Truck found himself labeled a playoff choker. The 48% career shooter put up averages of only 40%, 38% and 35% shooting from the field in his first three postseasons in Phoenix.

Again, not a bad player, and had moments of real greatness, but Truck disappointed as the supposedly final piece to put a contending, talented Suns team (Walter Davis, Paul Westphal, Alvan Adams) over the top. He was finally traded to the Knicks for PF Maurice Lucas in the summer of 1982. Lucas nearly qualified for this list himself.

John "Hot Rod" Williams - Dennis Johnson and Dan Majerle were roughly equivalent players, so trading Majerle for Hot Rod seems about on par as trading DJ for Robey. When you include that Hot Rod had actually been an effective starting NBA center while Robey hadn't, one would say the DJ/Robey deal was worse for the Suns.

But Suns fans had such a deeper affinity for Majerle. He was a star personality with his own restaurant, clothing line (for a bit) and awesome nickname of "Thunder Dan." For the Suns to give up Majerle before the 1995-96 season felt like the spectacular Suns era, which had started with the trade for KJ, emergence of Hornacek, free agent signing of Chambers, and draft of Majerle in 1988, had ended.

Of course, the Suns' intent was that adding a legitimate center to replace the infamous Joe Kleine/Danny Schayes "Schleine" combo would help finally put the Suns over the top, after two heartbreaking playoff series losses to Hakeem Olajuwon's Rockets. Olajuwon had his way with the Suns big men in both the 1994 and 1995 playoff series between the teams.

It worked out nothing like that. In trying to deal a strength to improve a weakness, the Suns weakened their entire team. Williams suffered through injury problems, coach Paul Westphal was fired, Charles Barkley publicly groused about the direction of the team, and the team dropped by 28 wins from the previous season.

Hot Rod managed to start 58 games through his injuries, and the 33-year old averaged a paltry 7.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Disappointment, your name is "Hot Rod." He played two more bleh seasons in Phoenix before being released in the summer of 1998.

Iakovos "Big Jake" Tsakalidis - Big Jake was only the 25th overall pick of the 2000 Draft, so it's not as if expectations should have been terribly high. Maybe it was the international intrigue. Few, if any of us, had seen him play, and there was the big question of whether the Suns could get him out of his Greek league contract. Suns' brass also piqued our interest with statements such as:
"He has a tremendous upside because he hasn't played basketball very long. He's very mobile for a big man and can play some defense. We didn't think he'd be around (at No. 25 overall). The only reason he dropped was because of the contract situation."
"Very mobile," eh? Jake was huge at 7'2", 285, and seemed to be making progress at first, after the Suns legal wrangling extricated him from his overseas contract. But "very mobile" was never an accurate term to use for the lumbering center. From my memory, he was as slow and methodical in his movements as possible.

In his three Phoenix seasons, Big Jake never shot better than .475 from the field, scored more than 7.3PPG or snagged more than 5.6RPG. All the contract haggling with his Greek team for that?

Those of you still left, thanks for reading! Feel free to share your memories in the comments.

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