Walter Szczerbiak- The name may sound familiar but it’s not who you think it is. It’s actually the father of 1990s NBA “star” Wally. The elder Szczerbiak was a 4th round pick of the Suns in 1971 (65th overall). He never played a game in a Suns uniform but played in both the ABA and in Europe.
George Gervin -“The Ice Man,” as he was affectionately called, may be best known for his style of play while wearing the No. 44 for the ABA’s San Antonio Spurs, but it wasn’t the only professional team that wanted him. The Suns selected him in the third round of the 1974 NBA draft (40th overall).While he never played for Phoenix, he would make it to the NBA when the ABA and NBA merged, and the Spurs joined the league.
Mark Eaton- Despite being a tall youngster, Mark Eaton was more interested in a sport that involved a ball and a pool than one that was played on a court. In high school he focused on water polo and after graduating, attended Arizona Automotive Institute. While there he was discovered and recruited to play basketball at Cyprus Junior College. After his freshman year, the Suns drafted him in the 5th round of the 1979 draft because he technically had been out of high school for four years. He declined and went on to attend UCLA before joining the Utah Jazz.
Kimberly Belton- From what we can tell, Standford’s Kimberly Belton, the Suns’ second-round pick in 1980, is the only Kimberly to ever be drafted in the NBA. While he never played a game for the team, he does still have a role in the NBA. He is currently a producer for ESPN’s NBA pregame show.
Georgi Glouchkov- Before the Cold War ever came to an end, the first player from the Eastern Bloc made his way over the Atlantic Ocean to the NBA. That player was Georgi Glouchkov, who was drafted by the Suns in the seventh round of the 1985 draft with the 148th overall pick. The “Bulgarian Banger” would play only 49 games with the Suns, averaging 4.9 points and 3.3 rebounds before fluctuating weight would send him back to his homeland.