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.
Two of the greatest scorers ever to suit up for the Suns, I’d select a one-two pairing of Walter Davis and Tom Chambers in a heartbeat. The former rarely finds himself taking an outside shot he couldn’t hit, while the latter could dominate the paint and clean up any of the shots “The Greyhound” somehow failed to connect on. The only thing I would ask the game developers is to be sure and give Chambers the ability to leap over opponents like he could in real life (see Mark Jackson), and I’d be good to go.
A former NBA dunk contest winner and a guy nicknamed Thunder who could dunk and shoot threes? Yeah, no other analysis necessary.