The Phoenix Suns added forward James Nunnally to the roster, giving the team 18 players heading into training camp, which begins Monday. The 23-year-old from UC Santa Barbara has played in the NBA Summer League the last two seasons but hasn’t made an opening day roster.
He played for the Bakersfield Jam, the Suns’ D-League affiliate, and averaged 10 points and 40 percent shooting from three-point range in 2012-13.
This summer, Nunnally averaged 13 points and 2.7 rebounds in just 19.6 minutes per game with the Miami Heat. The 6-foot-7, 205 pound forward shot 28 three-pointers and hit 63 percent from long-range. In his senior year in 2011-12, Nunnally averaged 16 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game for UCSB.
The addition likely doesn’t mean much for the Suns other than give them another body to even out the roster for camp. Nunnally, Ish Smith and Malcolm Lee could be the first three players on the chopping block considering the depth at the small forward and guard positions.