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.
Like Kevin Johnson and Charles Barkley before them, Steve Nash and Amar’e Stoudemire would offer users control of a one-two punch that rivals any in NBA history. Steve Nash is not just the greatest passer in Suns history, but one of the greatest passers in history overall. And there aren’t many players more equipped to catch his alley-oop lobs than Stoudemire. It’s also not important to forget what kind of a shooter Nash was. A couple of outside shots combined with a “majestic” scoop inside the paint and Nash would be “on fire” in no time. You could not only win with this team in a number of ways, but you would have a ton of fun doing so.
The best part of this is, unlike the real Marbury, you can force him to actually pass in this game. That is, if you want to. He can score in bunches and use his size and speed against Nash. Oh, and you have Shawn Marion. The guy’s nickname was the Matrix. Aka, he was built to play in an NBA Jam world. As a matter of fact, if you watched his skills you would have thought he was dropped on the court straight from the game.