Phoenix Suns release center Earl Barron

When the Phoenix Suns acquired Marcin Gortat via trade with the Orlando Magic on Saturday, they gained a bona-fide big man to help shoulder the load alongside Robin Lopez.

As with many moves in the NBA, the addition also meant there was a need for subtraction. The Suns made that subtraction Tuesday, announcing the release of center Earl Barron.

The seven-footer appeared in just 12 games for the Suns after being signed while Robin Lopez was out injured. The Memphis product started six games in which he gave the team a much-needed defensive element.

Barron went back to the bench when Lopez returned and has played just 13 minutes since. In his time as a Sun, Barron averaged three points and 3.3 rebounds per game. His best game came against the Washington Wizards on Dec. 5, as he tallied seven points and eight rebounds.

In his Monday analysis of the Suns-Magic trade, Wages of Wins author David Berri made note of the true impact Barron had on the Suns in his brief stay:

In fact, if just Earl Barron maintained what he did last year, this team would be on pace to win 43 games.  Yes, Barron – in just 183 minutes of playing time – has significantly hurt the Suns this year.

Why is Barron such a problem?  He is currently hitting only 23.5% of his field goal attempts and he is below average with respect to every statistic except steals.  Consequently, his ADJ P48 is currently in the negative range.  It is not very uncommon for a player’s WP48 to be below zero.  But to post a negative ADJ P48 – when an average center posted a 0.433 mark last year – is quite an accomplishment.

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  • Ryan

    This guy was frustrating to watch as he failed over and over to convert easy pick n roll lay ups. It even looked like Nash got very frustrated with him.

  • Kalvo

    They should have released that overweight bench warmer siler.

  • Andrew

    Kalvo beat me to it……why didn’t we release that chump Siler?

    Aside from rookie developing Gani and scrub Siler at least now we roll legit 11 players deep

  • Jed

    Siler would have been fine, but I agree with Ryan about Barron and his sloppy hands. The guy couldn’t finish.

  • Auggie

    He couldn’t finish just like Lou couldn’t finish… He hustled and made good defensive plays like Lou… I told my friends that he was Lou this year. I think he would be a good 12th man. Oh well.

  • S

    Siler’s just a rookie, and it might be good to see what he will be able to do when given time.

  • Auggie

    I changed my mind, i took all the dicks out of my eyes and realized earl barron fucking sucks.

  • iceman

    So ends the brief yet terrifying reign of The Earl Barron.