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, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, Odd Couples

FAYE:

It’s no secret that NBA Jam caters more to versatile and quick players more than it does dominant big men. Since the beginning, this video game has really been like the All-Star Game of basketball video games, and for that reason I think Goran Dragic and Jason Richardson would be a blast to use. Dragic’s quickness would surprise opponents, and with “J-Rich” you’d be utilizing the talents of a two-time Slam Dunk Champion. But not only was Richardson a talented player inside the paint, but he could also knock down the 3-point shot consistently which only adds to the greatness of this duo.

ESPO:

Uh, if it was NBA Jam Once Every Few Months Jared Dudley would be the perfect player. All jokes aside though, Dudley’s passing along with his jump shooting can come up big for a team and his athletic hands are perfect to push guys defending. Gortat’s size, rebounding and ability to throw it down hard is perfect as well. The guy’s nickname is “The Hammer.” Does it get better than that for a game predicated on hitting the rim hard?

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 Blog.Suns.com as the Suns Retorter.