Phoenix Suns (NBA)

International Players, 2023-24 Season

Udoka AzubuikeCenterNigeria2023-24Lagos, Nigeria
Bol BolForward / CenterSouth Sudan2023-24Khartoum, Sudan
Josh OkogieGuardNigeria2023-24Lagos, Nigeria
Theo MaledonGuardFrance2023-24Rouen, France

Phoenix Suns Team History

The Phoenix Suns have a rich history marked by a vibrant international presence on their roster. Since the franchise’s inception in 1968, they’ve embraced talent from around the globe, contributing to their diverse and competitive identity. One of the pivotal moments in their international player tradition came in the late 1980s with the arrival of Dan Majerle, hailing from Traverse City, Michigan, but notably representing Slovenia in international competitions. Majerle, nicknamed “Thunder Dan,” became a cornerstone for the Suns, earning three NBA All-Star selections during his tenure and showcasing the team’s commitment to global talent.

In the early 2000s, the Suns continued to emphasize international recruitment, notably acquiring Canadian-born Steve Nash, who represented Canada in international play. Nash’s impact on the Suns was transformative, leading them to multiple playoff appearances and winning back-to-back NBA MVP awards in 2005 and 2006. His adept playmaking and shooting skills revolutionized the team’s style, epitomizing the Suns’ embrace of diverse basketball talent. Additionally, the Suns drafted international players like Boris Diaw from France and Leandro Barbosa from Brazil, further solidifying their reputation as a global destination for basketball talent.

As the NBA landscape becomes increasingly global, the Phoenix Suns remain at the forefront, leveraging the diverse talents of players from around the world to maintain their competitive edge.