Future Is Bright For Suns’ TJ Warren
After a strong performance in this year’s NBA Summer League, Suns forward TJ Warren has built some momentum for the upcoming season. The Suns may have ultimately lost to Becky Hammon’s San Antonio Spurs in the championship round, but Warren scored 17 points and averaged 18.7 points per game during all seven games. With the recent roster moves Phoenix has made to smooth out the log jam they had at small forward, Warren could be in for an expanded role in the upcoming 2015-16 season.
His mid-range game harkens back to a different era of basketball, when players did more than just shoot threes or dunk. Scoring is what he does best and that is something the Suns definitely need. If he can round out his game to become a decent rebounder and defender, Phoenix could have the type of player they haven’t seen since Shawn Marion. The former ACC Player of the Year is still about a month away from his 22nd birthday and will either break into that starting unit or become part of a young bench mob that includes Alex Len, Archie Goodwin and rookie sharp-shooter Devon Booker. Time will tell, but TJ Warren looks to be a solid young building block for the re-tooling Suns.
Will TJ Warren be able to build off of his success in the 2015 Summer League? Can he break into the starting lineup for the Phoenix Suns? Leave us your comments in the section below.
Kevin McQuade covers the NBA for MFST, and you can follow him on twitter @kmcquade9.