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.

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Vote For First Round: 1960s, 1970s and 1980s


This one needs no explanation. Two of the biggest legends in Suns history – and two who were actually paired together in the actual NBA Jam video game – would work Kidd and McDyess in every aspect of the game. Although the size and athleticism of both Kidd and McDyess might offer “KJ” and “Sir Charles” some problems in the early going, I have no doubts that the elders would find a way to persevere. These two Ring of Honor members played during the rough and tough era of the NBA, and in a game in which referees rarely interfere and elbow throwing is encouraged, I’ll take my chances with Johnson and Barkley.


Sure, KJ and Barkley are the sentimental favorites to win this matchup and why wouldn’t they be. They were part of the single greatest team in Suns history. Well here’s why, McDyess could jump out of the gym in his time with Phoenix. In a game like this he’d dominate over the significantly smaller Barkley while Kidd would simply out muscle KJ on both ends of the floor. No disrespect to the Ring of Honor members but they’re just not built for NBA Jam.

About Greg Esposito

Hi, my name is Greg Esposito, my friends call me Espo and I’m a Phoenix Suns-aholic. I also happen to be the team's Social Media Specialist as well as one of the online content creators. You'll find my sarcastic musings here on as the Suns Retorter.

  • zachary Adams

    Dude…. You have been killing me with this NBA JAM thing… First the “Penny/Shaq” “fan’s team” or whatever and now… “would dominate a smaller Barkley”. YOU ARE CRAZY SIR!!!! CB34 was ALWAYS the shortest PF on the court and that never stopped him. Pretty sure he went up against Malone, Kemp, and Larry Johnson, among others EVERY NIGHT!!! I think he could handle McDyess!!!

  • Javan Viltz