By: Greg Esposito With the International Olympic Committee considering adding half court 3-on-3 basketball for the 2016 Summer games in Rio, I decided to put together my top five Suns 3-on-3 Teams. These are three players who played together on the court for the Suns at some point in history who would play well in a halfcourt game. Without further ado, here’s this week’s GregsList.
Honorable Mention Kidd, Robinson, Hardaway: Jason Kidd’s size and passing ability coupled with Penny Hardaway’s athleticism and Cliff Robinson’s ability to score made them a tempting option. The problem is, between health and other issues, there is no guarantee they’d all three make it to the Olympics at the same time.
No. 5 Davis, Hornacek, Nance: A dunk contest winner (Nance), a guy known as “The Man With the Velvet Touch” for his sweet shot or “The Greyhound” for his speed and gracefulness along with a sharp shooter from 3-point range? They’d be able to hold their own against most teams at least in the first few rounds.
No. 4 Westphal, Adams, Van Arsdale: Three guys who could shoot from anywhere on the court and that had the kind of smooth games that defenders hated to guard? Yeah, they’d do just fine in a 3-on-3 tournament. Plus, they have the kind of nicknames that would make for playground legends. Who wouldn’t want Westy, the Oklahoma Kid and the Flying Dutchman on their team? The answer is, no one.
No. 3 Nash, Amar'e, Marion: You’ll probably argue that they deserve to be higher on the list. That would be true if this were a full court 3-on-3 tournament the IOC was proposing. Since it’s not, and we saw these three struggle when they were confined to the halfcourt game of the playoffs, that’s why they found themselves at No. 3 on the list. Although, it would be fun to see what athletic havoc they could have wreaked on the tournament field.
No. 2 KJ, Chambers, EJ: This team has all the elements a person would need when constructing a 3-on-3 team to dominate the school yard. A fast point guard, a big athletic guy and a man who can make you pay from long distance. The only reason they’re not No. 1 is because there is a better version of them that came along just a few years later.
No. 1 KJ, Barkley, Majerle: Yes, it is somewhat cheating to pick another team involving KJ but it’s my list, so I’ll do what I want. There is a reason they’re No. 1 on the list and that’s because they the exact type of players you’d pick at the playground if you were selecting a 3-on-3 halfcourt team. Just like Johnson squared and Chambers, there is the dominant post player (Barkley), the sneaky fast guard (KJ) and the 3-point shooter who can also make you pay with the drive if you over play him at the arc. The difference is, these guys went to the finals and have a hall of famer (two if you agree with me on KJ needing to be there). They would dominate in the Olympic’s possible new format.