Suns assign Diante Garrett to Bakersfield

The Phoenix Suns have assigned Diante Garrett to their D-League affiliate, the Bakersfield Jam. The former Iowa State guard has only appeared in six games for Phoenix this season. Garrett played with the Suns’ 2012 Vegas Summer League team. He was invited to training camp and officially made the team in October.

Like his fellow bench mate Kendall Marshall, Garrett has had trouble cracking the team’s increasingly short rotation. As they did with Marshall, the front office is sending Garrett to the Jam to see what he can do with more playing time. Whether his stay in Bakersfield will be short like Marshall’s or more extended remains to be seen.

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  • SkyBill40

    I don’t wish anything negative on Garrett, but I feel that his signing was a waste. Same goes for Zeller. Ike Diogu would have been a far better signing during training camp/pre-season and been better suited to actually contributing.

    Don’t even get me started on Kendall Marshall.

  • Scott

    At the start, the Suns said they wanted to explore the idea of developing Garrett as a combo guard. I think the plan was for Garrett to be the 3rd PG / backup SG next season, after Telfair leaves.

    I thought Garrett in his few stints as PG showed he could run the team fairly well. He had a few slick passes and didn’t really embarrass himself much. The problem was that he didn’t score much, which doesn’t bode well for his performance as a 2 guard.

    Garrett has the body to be a decent SG. The question for me is: does he have the perpetual hunger and skill to score points? That has not been answered yet.

    Hopefully, in this D-League time, he’ll be played at SG and show us his scoring ability.

    While it would be great if he could bring more – and, say, threaten to start – I think the Suns were looking at him just to provide young, inexpensive deep backup at the guard spots.

    David Lighty (who played for the Suns in summer league) would have been another option for the Suns in the backup SG role, but while he’s an excellent defender (he shut down Josh Selby) and accurate from 3, he just wasn’t taking enough shots.

    The Suns went with Garrett for his PG/SG potential, and Tucker for his ability to guard the wing, but none of the 3 was a volume scoring option, which is normally what you want at SG.

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