To come up with these 12 days of Christmas list of obscure or lost stats, I have sincerely scoured as much Phoenix Suns statistical information as I can possibly get my hands on, and found, what I feel are, interesting stats and information that is both obscure and that the average fan likely didn’t know.
Number 8 has thus far been the most difficult number to try and find information for.
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In trying to come up with something entirely specific to the number 8, I pulled up the list of those players in franchise history that have worn that number. I literally crossed my fingers hoping that there had only been eight players in Suns history to wear 8, in which case I was going to give a little bio about each player.
Alas, there have been 15 players to wear the number 8 so far, beginning with John McCullough in 1981-82 (I found it interesting that it took until the franchise’s 14th year before a player ever wore that number), through to Tyler Ulis who currently wears it today.
Of those 15 players, the most successful one to wear the number is Eddie Johnson, a fan favorite, current Suns color analyst on Fox Sports Arizona, co-host of a show in NBA Radio on Sirius XM, and the player with the distinction of scoring the most points in an NBA career to have never made an NBA All-Star Game.
The longest tenured player to wear number 8 is Channing Frye, who wore it from 2010-14, appearing in 304 games, even though he also missed the entire 2012-13 season with an enlarged heart.
In checking out the list, I decided that I wanted to briefly discuss two players in particular: John McCullough who wore it first, and then the player that wore it eighth.
Drafted by the Kansas City Kings with the 19th pick in the 4th round (85th overall) in the 1979 draft out of Oklahoma, McCullough was waived before the 79-80 season began. Phoenix would go on to sign and waive him three times over the next two seasons, appearing in (get this) 8 career games with the Suns in November and December 1981, his only appearances in the NBA. He was waived on December 18, 1981, and never donned an NBA uniform again.
Of those eight games McCullough appeared in, six of the first seven were in Suns blowout victories, five of which were by 22 or more points. He scored at least two points in the middle six games he player in, with a career-high 7 points in his second to last game, including three free throws.
McCullough finished his brief career with a 2.6ppg, .5reb, .4ast, .3stl, and a 69.2 FG%.
Today, McCullough is an Assistant Coach for the Portland Trailblazers and has been since 2016.
The eighth player to wear number eight for the Phoenix Suns is someone who had originally began with the franchise wearing number 25, and in his rookie year was a part of the 1992-93 team who made it all the way to the NBA Finals.
You guessed it: Oliver Miller.