Okay guys I’ve decided to do a segment where I rank all 13 players on the Suns roster from the bottom up in a countdown fashion. This will be a 2 day segment so stayed tuned for rankings 1-6 tomorrow!
13) P.J Tucker:
- Tucker had a fine showing for the Suns during the summer league he played with energy and hustle at both ends of the floor averaging 5.8 points and 6.2 boards a game. I was a little bit surprised to see Tucker make the cut instead of Marcus Landry who also had an impressive showing at the summer league games.
12) Jermaine O’Neal:
- O’Neal was an all-star level center during his days but those days are distant memories now. O’Neal spent 2 seasons in Boston and played only a total of 49 games. O’Neal is still capable of contributing to a team if he’s healthy. O’Neal last season although only played 25 games he averaged 1.7 blocks a game despite only playing about 23 minutes a night.
11) Sebastian Telfair:
- Bassy was a great back-up to Steve Nash last season with the defensive pressure he put on opposing point guards as well as his fearlessness on both ends of the court. Bassy didn’t get much playing time during the first half of the season but after the all-star break when he got consistent minutes night to night he averaged a 8 points, 3 assists as well as a solid 46% field goal percentage from the floor.
10) Wesley Johnson:
- Johnson was drafted 4th overall by Minnesota and after a star showing at Syracuse, he’s had his struggles in the NBA and most certainly hasn’t lived up to his potential. However Johnson does bring to the table lockdown defense, highlight reel dunks and the ability to knock down jumpers. I wonder who’s going to have more highlights next season, him or Brown…..
9) Channing Frye:
- I had some high expectation for Channing Frye after the 2010 playoff run, unfortunately he hasn’t lived up to my expectations. Frye is a one trick pony with the only thing he’s capable doing is shooting; he’s a two guard stuck in a big body. Frye improved defensively but still isn’t capable of guarding some of the strong big guys in the league and when he has an off night shooting the ball he pretty much makes 0 contribution to the team. By the way, being able to post-up a 6’4 guard when you’re 7 feet tall isn’t all that impressive neither. I hope Frye has expanded his game as well as his muscle this off-season or else I can’t imagine him getting much minutes with Luis Scola and Markieff Morris around.
8) Kendall Marshall:
- Marshall dominated the college scene and led the NCAA men’s basketball’s most deadly offensive, the Tar Heels offensive. Marshall will be playing behind Goran Dragic for most part of the season and will certain bring great value off the bench with his ability to make plays for teammates and push the ball. I expected the Suns offensive pace to slow down this season but that expectation will go away once Kendall Marshall checks in. Although ranking Marshall this high may be a bit of reach but keep in mind this guy was a lottery pick in one of the deepest drafts in a long time, they didn’t take this guy just to take this guy. Oh by the way, expect some flashy passes from Marshall next season…. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4uIKFZA0GQ)
7) Shannon Brown:
- Brown had a blast playing next to Steve Nash in the starting line-up last season. In his 19 games as a starter Brown averaging 16 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2 assists as a starter; Brown also shot a respectable 44% from the field and a solid 40% from downtown. Brown was also very solid with the ball as he only averaged 1.2 turnovers a game as a starter.