On this date (June 18, 2015), former Phoenix Suns forward Shawn Marion announced his retirement from the NBA after 1,163 league games.
His on-court versatility, dubbed “The Matrix,” helped Phoenix a lot during his heyday and became one of the most exciting basketball games the franchise has ever seen.
Marion was originally selected by the Suns with the ninth overall pick in the 1999 NBA draft. He played eight full seasons (1999–2007) with Phoenix and accomplished the following feats before being traded midway through the 2008 season:
Sean Marion with the Phoenix Suns
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- 4x NBA All-Star (2003, 2005-07)
- 2x NBA Third Team (2005-06)
- NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2000)
- In 2003-04, Marion led the NBA in total steals (167) and joined 2003-04 MVP Kevin Garnett as the only two players to enter the top 30 in scoring (19th), rebounding (14 -th place), interceptions (2nd place). blocks (27th) and minutes (2nd)
- In the 2004-05 season, Marion was the only player to enter the top 25 in scoring (23rd), rebounding (3rd), steals (4th), blocks (23rd) and minutes (9th place). He also became only the second player in NBA history (joining David Robinson in 1991–92) to finish in the top five in rebounding and steals in the same season since the league began tracking steals in 1973–74.
- In 2005-06, Marion became the first player in NBA history to finish in the top five in both rebounding and steals for consecutive years beginning in the 1973-74 season. He was joined by Kevin Garnett, Elton Brand and Yao Ming as the only players in the NBA to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds during the 2005–06 season. Marion also became only the second Suns player in franchise history (after Charles Barkley) to record three straight games with 30 points and 15 rebounds (February 22–27). He also became the first Sun since Barkley to record 30 points/20 rebounds with 31 points and an NBA season (and career-high) 24 rebounds against the Charlotte Bobcats on February 25.
- In 2006–07, Marion led the NBA in total steals (156), received seven first-place votes, and finished fourth in Defensive Player of the Year voting. He scored his 10,000th career point in the season opener against the Los Angeles Lakers on October 31, 2006.
Internationally, Marion won the bronze medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics with the United States.
Marion also spent time with the Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors, Dallas Mavericks, and Cleveland Cavaliers before he announced his retirement. He won a championship with Dallas in 2011 and finished his career averaging 15.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.