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Burns & Gambo crowns its Phoenix Suns Dream Team draft champion

Jun 11, 2020, 5:44 PM | Updated: 9:04 pm
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)...
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

They’ve tackled the Arizona Diamondbacks, and now Burns & Gambo have drafted its dream teams for the Phoenix Suns.

On Arizona Sports throughout the week, the show’s hosts, Dave Burns and John Gambadoro, plus producer Jordan Byrd and defending champion/anchor Sarah Kezele, assembled their best 10-men squads.

But the fun didn’t stop there.

After the draft concluded, judges critiqued the newly built squads to determine who had the ultimate team. The judges included Vince Marotta, Tom Leander, Alvan Adams and Jon Bloom, all of whom have ties to the Suns.

As a reminder, the Shaquille O’Neal rule was in effect, meaning they chose a player based on their career in Phoenix and not as a whole. Players were eligible for the positions they are listed for by Basketball-Reference in their Suns careers.

Here’s a look at the final day of selections:

Round 9

33. Neal Walk, C (Team Byrd)

34. Jason Richardson, SG (Team Gambo)

35. Channing Frye, PF (Team Burns)

36. Marcin Gortat, C (Team Kezele)

Round 10

37. Gail Goodrich, PG (Team Kezele)

38. P.J. Tucker, SF (Team Burns)

39. Mark West, C (Team Gambo)

40. Michael Finley, SF (Team Byrd)

Full rosters

Team Byrd

Staring 5 – Jason Kidd, Dick Van Arsdale, Dan Majerle, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal

Bench – Stephon Marbury, Leandro Barbosa, Danny Manning, Neal Walk, Michael Finley

Team Gambo

Starting 5 – Steve Nash, Walter Davis, Connie Hawkins, Larry Nance, Deandre Ayton

Bench – Grant Hill, Charlie Scott, Maurice Lucas, Jason Richardson, Mark West

Team Burns

Starting 5 – Paul Westphal, Jeff Hornacek, Joe Johnson, Tom Chambers, Amar’e Stoudemire

Bench – Dennis Johnson, Goran Dragic, Paul Silas, Channing Frye, P.J. Tucker

Team Kezele: 

Starting 5 – Kevin Johnson, Devin Booker, Shawn Marion, Truck Robinson, Alvan Adams

Bench – Eddie Johnson, Cliff Robinson, Raja Bell, Marcin Gortat, Gail Goodrich

And the winner is…


After much deliberation, the panel of judges gave top honors to Team Byrd, who finished with 20 overall points.

Not too far behind was Team Burns and Team Gambo, who tied for second with 15 points each.

Pulling the rear was defending champion Team Kezele, who finished with 14 points.

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