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.
I don’t care if it’s Orlando Magic Shaq, Los Angeles Lakers Shaq, or Phoenix Suns Shaq, the man was one of the most dominant players ever to lace them up. Combine that with a point guard with the ability to make some of the most brilliant passes of all time and I like my chances. And for the record, if there’s a cheat code out there that allows me to utilize “Little Penny” as opposed to the real deal, I’d have no complaints.
Call this the “All Potential Team.” Richard Dumas is the greatest dunker that never was in the NBA. Luckily, in a virtual world, none of the issues that caused his downfall exist. All that remains is his pure athleticism that was tailor made for a game like NBA Jam. He almost made the gravity defying dunks the game made famous in real life. Imagine what he would have done in the game. As for Oliver Miller. He had a unique ability to use his size to rebounds and play defense while also hitting shots that a guy his size shouldn’t have. This team would have been amazing in the game. Especially when you consider that they’d never fall short of their potential.