The Phoenix Suns were recently ranked 84th among all professional sports franchises, from hockey to football to basketball and were ranked 102 in the category of ownership. Speaking of, Robert Sarver has pretty much been the one everyone’s pointing their fingers at for the Suns failures.
When Sarver purchased the Suns from Jerry Colangelo back in the spring of 2004, Sarver began by selling the 7th pick in the 2004 NBA draft who turned out to be Loul Deng. Now, during the 2003-2004 season the Suns were a mere 29 win squad and this guy goes out and sells the 7th overall pick; clearly a foolish move. Sarver must’ve been wearing his lucky underwear the day he signed Steve Nash because we all know back in 2004, no one and I mean NO ONE thought Nash was going to become the player he is today. The Suns organization as well as Suns fans but most importantly Robert Sarver was ever so lucky that Steve Nash became a transcendent superstar that elevated not only the Suns but the sports world. Safe to say Nash made Sarver a nice chunk of cash.
Sarver went on to sell more draft picks who turned out to be, Rudy Fernandez, Rajon Rondo, and Nate Robinson. There’s little doubt at this point Sarver’s unwillingness to spend has cost the Suns big time because the Suns were legitimate contenders from 2004-2010 and the closest they ever got was the western conference finals.
Sarver is viewed by many Suns fans and professional sports analysts as a “Cheapskate who doesn’t really know basketball.” Which at this point is a fair statement because the Suns despite having missed the playoffs the last two seasons has the highest ticket price of non-playoff team. Granted Steve Nash was pretty much the price of admission but now that captain Canada is gone, Sarver better lower those prices unless he wants an empty gym.
At this point, the damage has been done and unfortunately what’s done is done. But looking towards the future, can the Suns get back to title contention under the ownership of Robert Sarver? At the moment the Suns do have great management under Lance Blanks and Lon Babby who have made great moves for the Suns, but at the end of the day it’s Mr. Sarver that signs everybody’s checks.