Thursday, September 9th, 2010 at 10:40 am  |  52 responses

For Old Time’s Sake: Dan Majerle

Dan Majerele hit more absurdly far in-game shots than anybody else in recent memory. Not only could he shoot the lights out but he also went hard to the rack and defended extremely well. Majerle, KJ, and Sir Charles made for one of the best shows in basketball in the early 90s and kept Phoenix relevant in the Western Conference. Despite losing to the Bulls in the 93 Finals, Majerle still had a great career complete with 3 All Star appearances and solid stats. His best season statistically came in ’91-’92 when he posted averages of 17.3 pts, 5.9 rbs, 3.3 asts, and 1.6 stls.


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  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    THUNDER DAAAANNN! One of favorite teams, the 90s suns, and dan was one of my favorite players ALL TIME. So much so that my slight miami heat bias is a direct cause. Do a young michael finley one next pleeeaase!

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    Then wesley person! And wayman tisdale! and cedric ceballos! And hot rod williams! Hell, do paul westphal if you have one!

  • http://thosefishtacosarethetits.blogspot.com Boston_Blogg3r

    He would have KILLED in today’s NBA (run by perimeter players, as opposed to the 90′s era of big-men ruling the land).

  • The Philosopher

    Shout out to Richard Dumas.

  • whitethunder22

    thunder majerle! lovin the rocky 4 soundtrack too haha

  • rob stewart

    Today is Dan Majerle’s birthday. Is this a coincidence or did you guys do this intentionally?

  • Mike from Spain

    Love the shot in front of G.O.A.T. and how MJ gets so angry!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    co-sign philosopher


    Damn forgot thunder dan could throw it down on the rim.

  • The D Train

    Where is the highlight of him airballing a 14 footer at the end of game 6 that allowed Pax to hit the series-winning three?

  • Thirsty

    this is the best for old times sake yet. its all about the song

  • larrylegend

    youtube “majerle worst travel ever”…jokes aside: THUNDER!!!

  • http://sdjkflf.com Jukai

    One of the few white dudes I liked in the L until Dirk and Nash came along. Underrated player!!!

  • teebee!!

    co-sign to both the philostopher and AllenP…Richard frickin Dumas man. i was a young Suns head back in the day and man did that guy let down about half of the 12 yr old population in AZ.

  • hammer

    Wow! The 90′s had sum gr8 shooters like thunder dan,del curry,dale ellis,hersey hawkins,steve smith, mark price,glen rice,chris mullin,drexler,sean elliot and reggie. Then u had that 2nd tier of shooters like 3-D,george mcloud,craig hodges,sedale threat,eddie johnson,jeff hornaceck,rex chapman and the list goes on cuz I’m sure I’m forgetting sum1. Mos def miss 90′s ball

  • hammer

    How bout a special shout out 2 horacio llamas. The 1st mexican player 2 play n the nba. As a mexicano myself,it felt gr8 2 have 1 of r own represent us. Last I checked he was still playing pro ball n mexico

  • hammer

    N case any1 here 4got, horacio played a couple seasons 4 the suns during the mid to late 90′s

  • snasty10


  • http://slamonline.com Dave.

    George Mcloud and Craig Hodges are ’2nd tier shooters’ and Sean Elliot is a first? Get out of here!

  • http://slamonline.com Dave.

    Anyway, I saw a video from a Heat training session once where Majerle decided to mess with a rookie in a game of horse. Underarm bankshot scoops from 20 feet – on the baseline. 35 foot set shots. Left-handed runners from 18 feet going by the basket.
    And he was a slasher coming out of college. He worked hard to change his game.

  • JTaylor21

    Anyone who says that Dan Majerle would KILL in today’s game is out of the FREAKING mind. If he didn’t dominate in the 90s what makes you think he would dominate today.

  • hammer

    O mos def sean elliot over mcloud and hodges. Elliot had a by far more successful career than hodges and mcloud. His fg percentages improved the first 5-6yrs of his career and has an averages of bout 40 percent while hodges and mcloud had a few outstanding seasons and were mainly 3 point threats. Elliot had more of an arsenal

  • Overtime

    Nice pick Schneezy. @ Jtaylor, because its easier now than then

  • kh

    Loved thunder Dan!

  • JTaylor21

    @Overtime, I have a question; have you played in the NBA? So how the HELL would you know whether it’s easier now and harder back then. Riddle Me that.

  • http://thephotoriot.com davidR

    personally i think the overall talent level in the 90s was much higher than nowadays. maybe thunder dan wouldn’t dominate, but he would definitely be able to smoke a good majority of players/teams today

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    Defenders were actually aloud to breath on and actually touch the guy with the ball in the ’90′s. Today’s rules and refs make it easier for players to get to the line which would’ve help Thunder score a few more buckets.

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself


  • Thunder Dan

    thank ya

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    The overall level of athleticism in today’s league is a lot higher. that makes it tougher, even without the hand checking rules. Dominate is too strong a word.

  • http://www.dontevenreply.com total scrotal implosion

    He was a nice role player. 17ppg is his highest. He wouldnt dominate anything.

  • http://google c_cantrell


  • tavoris

    one of my favorite players growing up…actually competed at both ends.

  • tavoris

    also, this is supposed to be JR Smith’s basement as a player.

  • JTaylor21

    @TSI thank you bra. I’m tired of idiots thinking that every remotely good player from the 90s would dominate today, CHILD PLEASE.

  • http://thephotoriot.com davidR

    can we at least agree he’d do well in today’s game? he wouldn’t dominate, but i can see him averaging a consistent 17+ppg, which is still very good

  • http://thephotoriot.com davidR

    at least the phoenix in his mid-late 20s prime thunder dan. not sure what happened, but seems like he hit a huge wall once he left phoenix

  • http://sdjkflf.com Jukai

    If you guys listened to Bryan Crawford, defense is WAY MORE RIDICULOUS nowadays and Dan Majerle wouldn’t be able to score

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Thunder Dan hit threes had some nice dunk moments and one good year with the 17ppg and he only made 3 all star teams. Why didn’t he ever average more points a game on the wide open Phx offense with one of the most underrated point guards ever in Kevin Johnson. That’s the real question and also anybody thinking he would dominate now, is not thinking clearly, he would be at best Keith Van Horn. BOOK IT!!!

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Thunder Dan is awesome.

  • JTaylor21

    If you guys listened to Jukai, your brain would be the egg in that Brain on Drugs commercial.

  • Niio

    Man.. Don’t even compare Thunder to KVH! As a Nets fan I would loved to have Dan replace KVH. Dan was clutch and could D up. KVH was such a softie it made me sick lol

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Dan the Man was a heck of a player on both ends in his prime. In ’93 Chuck Barkley was quoted saying ‘every white girl in Phoenix wants to sleep with Dan’ classic Barkley…

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Jukai; did B.Crawford really say that? Wow just wow, just like defense the level of SLAM writers is not what it used to be.

  • http://sdjkflf.com Jukai

    Lz – Cphfinest3: I obviously embellished a little, but his point overall was that if Jordan played in today’s game, his game would be worse because of the zone that is allowed… while if Kobe played in Jordan’s age, his game would relatively be uneffected even though handchecking was allowed.
    He never ACTUALLY said the latter part, but promptly ignored me twice when I brought it up, so I assume that’s what he meant.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Jukes; I’m not surprised at all. Crawford has 4 techniques when one disagrees with his imo mostly weird opinions. 1. Namecalling. 2. the ‘professor talk’; lecturing the stupid commentator because he is the all-knowing writer. 3. Ignoring 4. combination of 1 & 2. To say the least I am not impressed, but what to expect from a guy who created a cool ‘BC’ logo for his Twitter page.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Why at the begining it says the song is by Celine Dion?? Thunder Dan was one of my favs back in the day.. I think if he played today he would still be an all star (in his prime).. Guy had some serious range and an NBA body unlike alot of todays strictly 3 point shooters.. I also think players run faster and jump higher then they did in the “old days”. But Players seemed to be tougher back then. They knew how to give a foul, and recieve one with out getting mad and waiting for teammates to restrain them before pretending to want to charge the fouler..

  • Ronald

    @LZ/Jukai: It’s obvious that BC doesn’t understand most zone defenses. Considering that the high post is one the main weaknesses of a zone (especially in the NBA because you cannot run a traditional 2-3/2-1-2 zone where the centre acts as a safety for help defense on both low and high post) and compound from the fact that Jordan’s sweet spot is the high post right side corner (I remember in an interview where he said he believed he was 90% accurate there during practice and that’s why he tries to get to that spot for game winners) it seems far fetched that he wouldn’t be able to score against zones.

  • http://sdjkflf.com Jukai

    Ronald: Not to mention Jordan was an excellent passer in the post, so when two zone defenders would close on him, Jordan would punish them by finding the open man. It really was an oddball debate. Crawford was pretty much saying Jordan had no shot coming out of college (not true, he had no three point shot but was still pretty mint on midrange) and that hand checking didn’t effect him cause he was so fast.
    It eventually broke down to BC saying he’d kill me in a game of one on one. Really.

  • http://www.laumol.nl/weblog Laumol

    Man, Dan should have been rewarded with a 4-point line. Few!

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/san-dova-speak-easy/ San Dova

    Majerle was so dope.

  • Spetsnaz

    All i wanna know is when is Chuck Person gonna get some love?