Apr. 21, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Sebastian Telfair (31) reacts on the court while playing against the Denver Nuggets during the second half at the US Airways Center. The Nuggets defeated the Suns 118 - 107. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE.

4 on 4: Sebastian Telfair

Sebastian Telfair, a lottery pick coming out of high school, surrounded by so much hype with stars like Jay Z, and Derek Jeter attending his games. However he never lived up to that hype after coming into the NBA, Telfair went from a superstar at the famous Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, New York to a role player who’s now trying to find his place in the NBA. Telfair bounced around a lot in his career, 6 teams in 8 years to be exact. Just when Telfair seemed to find his place on the Suns, the Suns signed Goran Dragic and drafted Kendall Marshall. Telfair is now the 3rd string point guard behind Marshall, and Dragic, and probably won’t play too many minutes. Telfair had a decent year last season, being the leader off the bench, attacking defenses fearlessly and hounding opposing point guards with energy and effort from baseline to baseline. This may be bias coming out of a Brooklyn native but it was incredible to see Telfair bring that attitude and edge out on the court with him every time he stepped between the lines,

it didn’t matter if he was guarding Chris Paul or Charles Jenkins, Telfair gave a 100% effort every night. Despite Telfair’s stellar performance last season it’s probably unlikely he plays many minutes next season, however there are questions to be answered! 4 on 4 time!


1) Will Sebastian Telfair ever live up to the hype that surrounded him coming out of high school?

– No, that train has left the station. Telfair went from a star to role player, that adjustment is tough for any player not to mention an 18 year old kid out of Brooklyn. Telfair will probably be a role player for the rest of his NBA career and can be a quality back up for any team.


2) Is there a chance of Telfair playing ahead of Kendall Marshall?

– Absolutely not. Rookies need time to develop into good players and I just can’t see Alvin Gentry giving Marshall’s chunk of minutes to Telfair. However assuming Telfair isn’t traded before the season, I can see Telfair playing Marshall’s minutes if Marshall is struggling badly or when Marshall hits the “Rookie Wall”.


3) Will Sebastian Telfair be complacent with being the 3rd string point guard?

– No I don’t think his personality and ego will allow it. Telfair had a good year last year and can most definitely be a quality back up to any team. I don’t believe Telfair would be okay being a benchwarmer nor should he.


4) Will Sebastian Telfair be wearing a Suns uniform to finish by the end of the season?

– I’m going to say no, the odds of him being a Sun beyond this season are very very slim. Telfair proved last season he’s a very capable back-up who can play quality minutes night in and night out as the back-up point guard. I’m going to say Telfair will be packaged along in a trade at some point during the season.

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