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If T.J. Warren Can Still Put The Ball In The Basket At The Next Level And Tyler Ennis Is Better Than Kendall Marshall, The Phoenix Suns Might Just Be A Playoff Team In 2014-2015


By Wayne Schutsky
Modern Times Magazine

July 2, 2014 — The NBA draft is over and the Suns came away with some really nice pieces that fit well into their puzzle. They didn’t pick up any game changers, but teams rarely do picking at the end of the lottery and beyond. What the Suns did get is one of the draft’s best scorers in forward T.J. Warren. As the team’s current pursuit of LeBron James shows, the Suns are desperate for a scorer.

While he may not be ready to light up the stat sheet this year, Warren definitely has the potential to put up big numbers. He averaged nearly 24.9 points per game in the ACC last year. That’s nothing to scoff at. He is more of an inside shooter (think Grant Hill), but the Suns already have plenty of threats beyond the arc. They need someone who can score from midrange.

Phoenix also picked up a much-needed piece in point guard Tyler Ennis. It may seem like the Suns have an abundance of point guards because they start two every night, but that is actually what makes Ennis so important. With Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic on the floor at the same time, the Suns are in desperate need of depth at the position.

Any comparisons between Ennis and notorious bust Kendall Marshall are ridiculous. Both players are not great athletes, but the comparisons really stop there. Ennis has a refined shooting stroke that Marshall still lacks, and has shown better ball security. He is also the better athlete of the two and should put up better defensive numbers.

At this point, this is all speculation.

But, based on what we know of Ennis, he is no Marshall.

The Suns last first round pick was spent on Serbian Bogdan Bogdanovic. He likely won’t leave Europe for a few years, but could be a great pickup when he does. He is a three-point threat who could spread the floor. At 21 years old, Bogdanovic is still young, so the Suns can afford to let him mature. At best, he’s Manu Ginobili. And, at worst, you won’t remember his name in a few years.

T.J. Warren

Tyler Ennis

Wayne Schutsky is a senior contributor to Modern Times Magazine.
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