Oct 17, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Phoenix Suns guard P.J. Tucker (17) and Dallas Mavericks center Bernard James (5) and forward Ike Diogu (50) fight for the ball during the fourth quarter at the American Airlines Center. The Suns defeated the Mavericks 100-94. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

Suns Cut Diogu & Jones. Keep Garret & Zeller

Oct. 12, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Ike Diogu (50) goes to shoot against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half at US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Trail Blazers 104-93. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE

The Phoenix Suns severed ties with Solomon Jones and Ike Diogu earlier today trimming their roster down to 15 players as they prepare to play in their final preseason game against the Denver Nuggets on Friday night.

Once again I can’t help but question the Suns front office decision making. The Suns brought in Diante Garret, Ike Diogu, Solomon Jones, Luke Zeller, and Othyus Jeffers as players that were to be on the team’s training camp/preseason roster.

Jeffers was cut first a little over a week ago, and the Suns front office decided to keep Garret and Zeller over Diogu and Jones; what a foolish decision. As we all know the Suns already have 3 point guards, Goran Dragic, Kendall Marshall and Sebastian Telfair. Marshall is already going to be a benchwarmer until he overtakes Telfair at some point so what’s the point of adding a 4th point guard in Diante Garret? Make sense to anybody?

Then comes the Luke Zeller situation. This one I can defend the Suns just a little because Zeller is a fine shooter from outside and can play the role of Channing Frye if needed, but the Suns already have Markieff Morris for the role as the “Stretch four”. Not to mention Luis Scola, who although doesn’t have three point range, but does have a great shooting touch out to about 20 feet away from the rim.

So why in the world would they cut Diogu and Jones over Garret and Zeller? I don’t know, I really don’t; there’s no logical explanation whatsoever. The Suns have two centers on their roster right now(e, Marcin Gortat and a highly injury prone Jermaine O’Neal. So at this point should O’Neal get hurt, Zeller will be his back-up. Diante Garret will most likely spend his time with the Suns as a benchwarmer since he’s the 4th string point guard.

Oct 19, 2011; Tulsa, OK, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Luke Zeller (40) takes a shot over Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) during the first half of a preseason game at the BOK Center. Mandatory Credit: Beth Hall-US PRESSWIRE

I believe the Suns decision to let go of Ike Diogu was a big mistake. The parting with Solomon Jones could be justified but that’s absolutely not the case when it comes to Diogu. Diogu played very well at the Olympics this past summer and played well during preseason when he actually got a chance to play.

If any of you are curious, Ike Diogu is averaging 5.7 points and 4.3 rebounds a game in 3 games during preseason despite only averaging about 9 minutes played per contest. It’s completely befuddling on as to why the Suns let go of Diogu, but hey the Suns front office has been making great decisions since day one so who are we to question them(Sarcasm). But congratulations out to Luke Zeller and Diante Garret for making the 2012-2013 Suns squad!

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  • si1ver

    I thought for sure Ike was gonna make the roster and Jones has looked a lot better than Zeller (Jones can rebound/play around the rim). Garrett has look very good and is a young guy worth developing. I would like to develop him behind Dragic/Telfair but we have Marshall (maybe D-League for Garrett?). Zeller hasn’t looked good at all. I don’t really want him on the team. I’d wish we had Ike in case Morris fouls too much and Jones to backup Jermaine. I would be okay if we sent Zeller to the D-League but like I said we need him to backup Jermaine and Morris. The only reason I see right now is that Ike and Jones cost more money because they’re veterans but Garrett/Zeller are cheaper because they can play on undrafted free agent contracts. The worst part is Zeller makes the most sense to make the roster between him and Garrett but IMO he is the least deserving. Guess we have to have the lesser brother. Ike>Garrett>Jones>Zeller

    • Matthew

      @si1ver:disqus You know what I thought Ike was gonna make the roster too. As far as production he brings the most to the table out of the 4 guys and he would’ve been an awesome insurance blanket should O’Neal get hurt which is almost definite given his history. I can’t defend the Garret situation at all, the contract most these guys will get are 1-year deals which means they are just fill-ins for the team’s roster, Garret is good. In fact I love the way he plays but at the end of the day he’s not better than Marshall, he’s not better than Telfair which means he’s the 4th string point guard and if even one of the first three guys(Dragic, Marshall, Telfair) gets hurt he’ll still get no minutes. I still cannot believe Diogu was dropped, but there’s the Suns for ya, making great decisions year in and year out(sarcasm)!!

  • steppxxxxz

    Id say it was a smart move. Zeller actually has upside…he’s big….and he can shoot. Cant have too many shooters, I like Ike….but he is maxed out. What you see is what you get. Garrett is a bit of a surprise……….but I trust gentry. Jones is a maxed out reserve, too. So you keep guys with more potential, and O Neal is likely to be on IR half the year anyway.

    • Matthew

      @google-7e5a87074103b8042e0d25e431480047:disqus Well John like I said I could some what defend the Zeller decision but the Garret decision makes no sense because he’s going to be the 4th string point guard which means he’ll get no playing time even if one of the first 3 point guards get hurt. Regarding Zeller’s upside, I wouldn’t look too much into it, he’s already 25 years old and he’s been bounced around overseas since he entered the draft a couple years ago.

  • jamal

    Terrible, terrible move. Zeller has been so underwhelming in preseason and was never more than average even in the D-League. I understand they want to replace Frye but this guy is nowhere near good enough to be serviceable for that. Ike by contrast was ridiculously efficient in preseason given his minutes and didn’t have a single foul. Why even sign him if they weren’t going to give him a chance? If you convert his numbers to per 36 he was averaging 23 pts and 18 boards per 36 with 100% FT and 70% FG. Obviously that’s misleadingly high since he only played 3 games for 9 minutes each, but it can give you an idea of just how well he played during those minutes. He’s also well liked by fans, and a great guy on and off the court. He’s developing a 3 point shot too and was a proven NBA player if you look at his per 36 minutes stats. Jones was also playing better than Zeller and is proven in the NBA as well though not as good as Ike. This move was worse than the Magic’s botched trade for Dwight although not as damaging since none of the players would have played a big role. Basically they just ditched Ike for a guy who’s probably not going to do anything outside of the D league. Actually same goes for Garrett too. Just so they could save a little money. Dumb, dumb, dumb. Hope Ike gets signed by a more appreciative team he’s too good to be let adrift yet again.

    • Matthew

      @disqus_juDFLKMj1S:disqus I absolutely agree with you. Ike to me is a bigger stronger Louis Amundson. His numbers are great and in my opinion he was certainly the best out of the 4 players they brought in.

      • jamal

        Yeah I don’t really understand why Diogu can’t hold down an NBA job in general, while guys who are objectively only as good as him or even less can stay in the league, even through injuries of their own, with no trouble. One example of such a player is Amundson like you mentioned. Diogu’s never been a bad player except the 2 games he played last season, so I can’t understand why teams are unwilling to give him in particular a chance. Maybe if he goes to the D League or plays well overseas some team will pick him up later on.

        • Matthew

          @disqus_juDFLKMj1S:disqus Well one thing I can tell you about Diogu despite his production his weight has been an issue. Which is why he fell out of favor with Don Nelson back when he was with Golden State despite having great rookie season. I don’t know why the Suns didn’t offer him a chance because Luis Scola isn’t exactly a cheetah on the court. Then again this Suns front office makes a bad decision every other time so we’ll see how this pans out.