In its heyday, both NBA Jam and NBA Jam Tournament Edition were released and became instant bestsellers with Suns teams that included Kevin Johnson, Charles Barkley, Dan Majerle, Danny Manning, Wayman Tisdale and even the Gorilla. The game has always left us wondering though, what if they made a Suns-centric version of the game that included teams from each decade and the “odd” pairings that secret cheat codes always provided? Who would reign supreme and who would fall flatter than a full court shot by a center in the game?
This March, we’re setting out to end that debate. While we couldn’t convince EA Sports to actually create the game for us — although, we’ll happily accept if you want to make us the offer — we figured we’d let our experts debate who would be the best team and let fans vote on it as well.
We’ll have two of our resident Suns and NBA Jam experts, Greg Esposito and Brad Faye, debate the match up and your vote decides who moves on to the next round.
In his four seasons with the Suns, Len “Truck” Robinson never averaged below 16 points per game. And if the game is close down the stretch, you’d be hard pressed to find a player more comfortable delivering late-game heroics than Gar Heard. The man hit the “Shot Heard Round the World” so any big shots in NBA Jam should be child’s play for the forward out of Oklahoma. This team might not have the razzle and the dazzle that most NBA Jam gamers seek, but if you’re looking to win games, Robinson and Heard offer as solid a chance as any other.
One of the greatest guards in team history in Paul Westphal paired with the greatest center in franchise history, Alvan Adams? Oh, and they’re best friends? I’ll take the inside-outside combination of Westy and the Oklahoma Kid in this style of a game all day long. If you can hit the three and score down low you’ve got it made. Not to mention Adams could pass and had shooting range that could serve him well and Westphal had great rebounding for a player his size.