PHOENIX — In 2013, what happened for the Suns in Vegas didn’t stay there.
And that was a good thing. The rise of the Morris twins in the NBA Summer League continued in Phoenix, and P.J. Tucker went directly from The Strip to the Suns’ starting lineup.
Things were more forgettable this season, although it’s unwise to go all-in on anything that happens while working against a high percentage of players who won’t be around during the regular season.
With that caveat nailed down, let’s review some of the most important summer Suns.
Our runaway qualifier for this category is rookie T.J. Warren, whose chops as the No. 2 scorer in Division I college basketball translated quite well.
Warren, chosen by the Suns with the 14th pick in last month’s NBA Draft, averaged 17.8 points and made 54 percent of his shots from the field.
He was stellar in three games for the 2-3 Suns, averaging 25.3 points in 28 minutes on those occasions while making 33 shots in 56 attempts. The other two games weren’t nearly as stupendous. Warren played only seven minutes before getting cut (and stitched up) in the second game and struggled while playing out of position in the finale.
Otherwise, he played well enough to be named with the second unit of the all-summer-league team and inspire this comment from Suns general manager Ryan McDonough: