I know this pitiful season hasn't quite finished yet but I figured now's as good a time as any to look back at the top ten plays for the year. Maybe it's just me, but I think we've lacked a little in the entertainment department this season, so I've put in one that wasn't even by a Phoenix Suns player.
Yes, I could have downloaded all the plays and made a sweet video but frankly I can't be bothered and it's too much effort, so I'm just going to do a Vince Carter on that front.
Speaking of which, I deliberately didn't put in any Vince dunks, for everyone's sake. I'll be honest, there was a dunk, maybe two which could have made the list but...
10. Dude dunks himself through the hoop
I'm ashamed that I actually flew all the way over from England and was at this game but missed this happening. What's worse, I actually recorded video on my phone of a few of the dunks before him in the exact same routine, and then turned away. Plus we lost the game to a crappy Bobcats team. But this was a pretty good play and I think it deserves to make the top 10.
9. Lopez dunk on Chandler
By all accounts, RoLo has been dreadful this season, but this dunk was insane. It might be the one good play he ever made all season, but it was a hell of a dunk in a great MLK Day game where we got payback on the Knicks. What a shame that this guy regressed so much...
8. J-Chill steal and dunk
Even though he has an awful outside shot which makes him a bad fit for the Suns, I still believe he can be useful to the team with his hustle and effort. This play shows why. Great layup, great steal, great dunk. Boom.
7. Grant Hill dunk and one on LeBron
It doesn't matter that the Suns got destroyed in this game, Grant Hill dunking on LeBron of all people means this makes the list. There are probably some better Grant plays from the season but my mind is blank right now. I had to put at least one of his in though.
6. Nash behind the back pass to Hill
Forget what I just said about my mind being blank because I just remembered this one (actually I didn't, it was listed as a related clip which jogged my memory.) Grant Hill simply has to be back next season...if there is one.
5. Frye winner vs. Nets
Obviously both Frye winners were going to make the list, this one comes in first. Great shot, but there was still time on the clock, so it's not as good as the other one which we'll get to later. That stretch of games was crucial so this was a huge win. The playoffs weren't actually too far off back then...depressing. Clutch shot though.
4. Warrick dunk on Yi
I think this was the game where we briefly adopted an apostrophe and started calling him Hak'im Warrick, such was the insanity of this dunk. In fact I think this is one of the earlier games where Warrick broke out and had an awesome game which led us to think he might be able to fill Amar'e's void just a little. I don't know, my memory's terrible, and it's worse if the season's a write off. But what an awesome dunk this was.
3. Nash pass while falling out of bounds vs Lakers (epic 3OT game)
In real time, you don't think there's anything special about this play other than a great point guard making a tough pass out of a double team. But when you see it from the courtside angle...wow. Even this year, Nash never ceased to amaze us with some of the things he pulled off.
2. Frye buzzer beater vs. Pacers
Not much to say for this one, amazing shot by Frye and the first time we hit a game winning buzzer beater for as long as I can remember. Awesome.
1. Grant Hill to J-Rich alley oop to force overtime
Not only was this a totally awesome end to a crazy quarter, but the whole thing reminds us of happier times. By happier I mean, we still sucked then, but a) we didn't realise how badly and still clung to hope we'd turn it round and b) it was before Vince Carter arrived and pissed us all off. What we see in this clip is team work, a desire to win, and athleticism...none of which Vince has showed us in his 50 odd games with the team. So yeah, it was a pretty awesome play, best one of the season for me.
So yeah, those are the top 10 plays of an otherwise forgetful season in my opinion. Feel free to disagree or post up better ones. Having actually gone through this now there's a few plays that I've remembered that almost made the list, such as:
this Warrick dunk vs the Jazz
the Nash pass to Gortat through Boozer's legs
the best of Jared Dudley's 10 dunks this season