In a not-so-surprising move, the Phoenix Suns today assigned rookie Taylor Griffin to the Iowa Energy of the NBA’s Developmental League.
The 6-foot-7 forward has only seen action twice this season. He has notched just two points, a rebound and a block in a total of 14 minutes on the floor (more than his brother in LA … didn’t think I’d ever be able to say that), including six minutes in last night’s blowout loss to the Lakers.
Griffin should benefit from actually playing with the 4-0 Energy, who are the Suns’ D-League affiliate (as well as the Chicago Bulls’ affiliate), whereas he rarely dresses for Phoenix. The second-round pick (48th overall) out of Oklahoma could get the start at small forward this Friday against the Dakota Wizards back in Big 12 country.
This doesn’t have any real immediate impact on the Suns, as they are plenty stocked on the bench. Griffin was really only going to see the floor in garbage time like last night, so it is good to see the Suns are trying to develop his game in hopes he can contribute later.
Although he likely won’t enjoy winter in the Midwest, it looks like Griffin won’t be taking the move too hard. He tweeted the following earlier today:
Just got on my plane headed 2 Iowa for about a week to get a couple of games in with the Iowa Energy. Lookin fwd 2 it!
The Energy are coached by Nick Nurse, who has spent time in the NCAA, leagues in Great Britain and Belgium and the USBL.
We’ll keep track of Griffin, but fans can watch all of the Energy’s games live online for free.