Sebastian Telfair -- #31 PG

Age: 27

Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.

Birthday: June 9, 1985

Height: 6-0

Weight: 175

Position: PG

Experience: 8 years

Draft: 2004, 13th overall by Portland

College: None

2012-13 Salary$1,567,500

Phoenix Suns players' offensive ratings with/without Channing Frye
PlayerFrye InFrye OutNet
Marcin Gortat109.296.512.7
Grant Hill109.697.112.5
Jared Dudley108.597.011.5
Steve Nash109.0100.68.4
Michael Redd106.098.97.1
Shannon Brown105.999.56.4
Sebastian Telfair102.897.94.9
Markieff Morris103.0100.42.6
Josh Childress100.9102.0-1.1
Robin Lopez98.7100.4-1.7
Time (MST)/Result
Wed, Oct 31Golden StateL 85-87FSA0-1
Fri, Nov 2DetroitW 92-89FSA1-1
Sun, Nov 4at OrlandoL 94-115FSA1-2
Mon, Nov 5at MiamiL 99-124FSA1-3
Wed, Nov 7at CharlotteW 117-110FSA2-3
Fri, Nov 9ClevelandW 107-105FSA3-3
Sat, Nov 10at UtahL 81-94FSA3-4
Mon, Nov 12DenverW 110-100FSA4-4
Wed, Nov 14ChicagoL 106-112 OTFSA4-5
Fri, Nov 16at LA LakersL 102-114FSA4-6
Sat, Nov 17MiamiL 88-97FSA4-7
Wed, Nov 21PortlandW 114-87FSA5-7
Fri, Nov 23New OrleansW 111-108 OTFSA6-7
Sun, Nov 25at PhiladelphiaL 101-104FSA6-8
Tue, Nov 27at ClevelandW 91-78FSA7-8
Wed, Nov 28at DetroitL 77-117FSA7-9
Fri, Nov 30at TorontoL 97-101FSA7-10
Sun, Dec 2at New YorkL 99-106FSA7-11
Tue, Dec 4at MemphisL 98-108 OTFSA7-12
Thu, Dec 6DallasL 94-97TNT7-13
Sat, Dec 8at LA ClippersL 99-117FSA7-14
Sun, Dec 9OrlandoL 90-98FSA7-15
Wed, Dec 12Memphis W 82-80FSA8-15
Fri, Dec 14UtahW 99-84FSA9-15
Mon, Dec 17SacramentoW 101-90FSA10-15
Wed, Dec 19CharlotteW 121-104FSA11-15
Sat, Dec 22at PortlandL 93-96FSA/NBA TV11-16
Sun, Dec 23LA ClippersL 77-103FSA11-17
Wed, Dec 26New YorkL 97-99FSA/NBA TV11-18
Fri, Dec 28at IndianaL 91-97FSA11-19
Sat, Dec 29at MinnesotaL 107-111FSA11-20
Mon, Dec 31at Oklahoma CityL 96-114FSA11-21
Wed, Jan 2PhiladelphiaW 95-89FSA12-21
Fri, Jan 4UtahL 80-87FSA12-22
Sun, Jan 6MemphisL 81-92FSA12-23
Tue, Jan 8at MilwaukeeL 99-108FSA12-24
Wed, Jan 9at BostonL 79-87FSA12-25
Fri, Jan 11at BrooklynL 79-99FSA12-26
Sat, Jan 12at ChicagoW 97-81FSA13-26
Mon, Jan 14Oklahoma CityL 90-102FSA13-27
Thu, Jan 17MilwaukeeL 94-98FSA13-28
Wed, Jan 23at SacramentoW 106-96FSA14-28
Thu, Jan 24LA ClippersW 93-88TNT15-28
Sat, Jan 26at San AntonioL 99-108FSA15-29
Sun, Jan 27at DallasL 95-110FSA15-30
Wed, Jan 30LA LakersW 92-86ESPN/FSA16-30
Fri, Feb 1DallasL 99-109FSA16-31
Sat, Feb 2at Golden StateL 93-113FSA16-32
Tue, Feb 5at MemphisW 96-90FSA17-32
Wed, Feb 6at New OrleansL 84-93FSA17-33
Fri, Feb 8at Oklahoma CityL 96-127FSA17-34
Sun, Feb 10Oklahoma CityL 69-97FSA17-35
Tue, Feb 12at LA LakersL 85-91FSA17-36
Tue, Feb 19at PortlandW 102-98FSA18-36
Wed, Feb 20at Golden StateL 98-108FSA18-37
Fri, Feb 22BostonL 88-113FSA18-38
Sun, Feb 24San AntonioL 87-97FSA18-39
Tue, Feb 26MinnesotaW 84-83 (OT)FSA19-39
Wed, Feb 27at San AntonioW 105-101 (OT)FSA20-39
Fri, Mar 1AtlantaW 92-87FSA21-39
Wed, Mar 6TorontoL 98-71FSA21-40
Fri, Mar 8at SacramentoL 112-121FSA21-41
Sat, Mar 9HoustonW 107-105FSA22-41
Mon, Mar 11DenverL 93-108FSA22-42
Wed, Mar 13at HoustonL 81-111FSA22-43
Fri, Mar 15at AtlantaL 94-107FSA22-44
Sat, Mar 16at WashingtonL 105-127FSA22-45
Mon, Mar 18LA LakersW 99-76FSA23-45
Wed, Mar 20WashingtonL 79-88FSA23-46
Fri, Mar 22MinnesotaL 86-117FSA23-47
Sun, Mar 22BrooklynL 100-102FSA23-48
Wed, Mar 27at UtahL 88-103FSA23-49
Thu, Mar 28SacramentoL 103-117FSA23-50
Sat, Mar 30IndianaL 104-112FSA/NBA TV23-51
Wed, Apr 3at LA ClippersL 101-126FSA23-52
Fri, Apr 5Golden StateL 107-111FSA23-53
Sun, Apr 7New OrleansL 92-95FSA23-54
Tue, Apr 9at HoustonL 98-101FSA23-55
Wed, Apr 10at DallasW 102-91FSA24-55
Sat, Apr 13at MinnesotaL 93-105FSA24-56
Mon, Apr 15HoustonW 119-112FSA25-56
Wed, Apr 17at DenverL 98-118FSA25-57

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Season Outlook: Sebastian Telfair played his best season as a pro in 2011-12, according to Suns head coach Alvin Gentry, yet after Steve Nash departed he watched the team draft Kendall Marshall in the lottery and sign free agent Goran Dragic. It was a foregone conclusion Dragic would start once the ink was dry on his deal, but Telfair won the backup job entering the season after a training camp battle against Marshall that Telfair said would be a “war.” Telfair has always been a much better player when he’s competing, so expect him to give Marshall everything he can handle throughout the season regardless of who the primary backup is at a given time.

I’ve always thought that Telfair would win the job to start the season but that the Suns’ rookie would eventually usurp the position. Such is life in the NBA for first-round backups. They will get every opportunity that a career journeyman like Telfair won’t necessarily receive. However, as things stand entering the season the New York native is the primary backup.

Telfair hopes to build on his stellar April and a season in which he proved to be a capable mid-range jump shooter for the first time in his career thanks to becoming more diligent in his film study and working on shots he actually takes in games. Expect the eight-year vet to provide solid backup point guard play while enjoying an even better year in 2012-13. — Michael Schwartz

Biography:  Sebastian Telfair’s basketball career has been one of big leaps and hard landings. Telfair was a standout at Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. His senior season was chronicled in Jonathan Hock’s documentary Through the Fire. Telfair was selected with the 13th overall pick by the Portland Trail Blazers in 2004.

In two seasons with Portland, he was in and out of the starting lineup, but never truly lived up to the expectations of a lottery pick. Portland failed to make the playoffs in either year, and Telfair was traded to the Boston Celtics in 2006. Following another season in which he failed to make an impression, he was packaged with four other players and two first-round picks and sent to the Minnesota Timberwolves in the trade that brought Kevin Garnett to Boston.

The following season was the best of Telfair’s career. He started 51 games and averaged 9.3 points to go along with nearly six assists per game. After the season, the Timberwolves signed him to a three-year deal. The 2008-09 campaign went much like his first year in Minnesota, but the team struggled mightily, and he was traded once again in June of 2009, to the Los Angeles Clippers. Telfair started only one game for the Clippers before he was dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers as a part of the midseason trade that brought Antawn Jamison to Cleveland. Telfair appeared in only four games for the Cavs and was traded back to Minnesota in the offseason.

Last year, he appeared in 37 games for the Timberwolves, averaging 7.3 points and 3 assists per game. He signed a one-year deal with the Phoenix Suns on Dec. 9, 2011, worth $1.5 million with a partial guarantee for 2012-13.

Links to ValleyoftheSuns coverage of Telfair:

Kendall Marshall, Sebastian Telfair set for ‘war’ for the backup PG job

Sebastian Telfair is the Suns’ forgotten man in a summer of turnover

Sebastian Telfair preparing to build on stellar final month

Suns want Phoenix to become Sebastian Telfair’s home

Breaking down Phoenix Suns point guard Sebastian Telfair