With eight games to go until the All-Star break, the Phoenix Suns have added some depth at the point guard position. Well, sort of.
The team recalled point guard Diante Garrett from Bakersfield Monday, following his successful seven-game assignment with the Jam (D-League affiliate). Garrett, who signed with the Suns as an undrafted free agent back in October, averaged 15.1 points, 7.4 assists and 1.7 steals during his time in Bakersfield. The former Iowa State standout had no problem scoring either, as he recorded four games of 15 or more points and one game of 20 points. His addition seemed to also do wonders for the Jam, who went 6-1 during his brief stint.
Garrett made five starts in Bakersfield, but he’ll be hard-pressed to find much playing time in interim head coach Lindsey Hunter’s rotation moving forward this season. His return to the team comes just a day after rookie Kendall Marshall (six points and one rebound) played a season-high 15 minutes in relief of starting point guard Goran Dragic. Also, while Sebastian Telfair didn’t touch the floor in Sunday’s 110-95 defeat in Dallas, the veteran point guard had averaged over 15 minutes per game since Hunter took over for Alvin Gentry.
Before his assignment with the Jam, Garrett made six appearances with the Suns and averaged 0.8 points and 1.2 assists per game.