Josh Childress, a part of the “don’t have Amar’e? LET’S SIGN SOME SCRUBS” trio that came into Phoenix last season, should be known to all as the worst signing of this group. And it wasn’t entirely his fault, either.
The Suns really didn’t have a place for him in their system and rotation. He might’ve been worth 7 million for many other teams, but not in a place where he was forced to shoot corner threes with his wacky shooting motion. Now, after Pietrus was injured Childress got some quality time at the 3, and surprised me. He may not have been the perfect backup for the Suns, but once he realized he can go to the rim, slash, and put his Shawn Marionesque skills to good use, he was an absolutely passable backup, even if overpaid.
During the Suns Media day, play-by-play man Tom Leander made a bold prediction pitting Childress as the surprise player of the year for the team. As much as I love Leander’s positive broadcasting energy, I don’t like this prediction. And it’s not because Childress didn’t improve, I mean hell, he nailed a few threes in the scrimmage and two preseason games. I just think Hakim Warrick playing as the backup 3 might be better for the team, given how he has played so far.
I really feel for Josh. The guy’s working his butt off (sure, getting payed big-time money for it) and he still ends up warming the bench. It must be painful for a basketball player to be in such a situation, but with a shortened season, he might get some extra minutes even if he is going to be 3rd string player, so there’s that.
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