Gani Lawal -- #31 PF

Age: 23

Hometown: Norcross, Ga.

Birthdate: November 7, 1988

Height: 6-9

Weight: 234

Position: PF

Experience: Rookie

Draft: 2010, 46th overall by Phoenix

College: Georgia Tech

2010-11 Salary:$473,604

Time (MST)/Result
Tue, Oct 26at PortlandL 92-106My450-1
Thu, Oct 28at UtahW 110-94TNT1-1
Fri, Oct 29LA LakersL 106-114ESPN, FSAZ1-2
Wed, Nov 3San AntonioL 110-112FSAZ1-3
Fri, Nov 5MemphisW 123-118 2 OTFSAZ2-3
Sun, Nov 7at Atlanta W 118-114My453-3
Mon, Nov 8at MemphisL 99-109My453-4
Fri, Nov 12SacramentoW 103-89FSAZ4-4
Sun, Nov 14at LA LakersW 121-116My455-4
Mon, Nov 15DenverW 100-94FSAZ6-4
Wed, Nov 17at MiamiL 96-123ESPN, My456-5
Thu, Nov 18at OrlandoL 89-105TNT6-6
Sat, Nov 20at CharlotteL 105-123My456-7
Mon, Nov 22at HoustonW 123-116My457-7
Wed, Nov 24 ChicagoL 115-123 2 OTFSAZ7-8
Fri, Nov 26LA ClippersW 116-108FSAZ8-8
Sun, Nov 28at DenverL 133-138My458-9
Thu, Dec 2at Golden StateW 107-101TNT9-9
Fri, Dec 3IndianaW 105-97FSAZ10-9
Sun, Dec 5WashingtonW 125-108My4511-9
Tue, Dec 7at Portland L 99-106My4511-10
Wed, Dec 8MemphisL 98-104 OTFSAZ11-11
Fri, Dec 10PortlandL 94-101FSAZ11-12
Wed, Dec 15MinnesotaW 128-122FSAZ12-12
Fri, Dec 17at DallasL 91-106ESPN, My4512-13
Sun, Dec 19at Oklahoma CityW 113-110My45, NBA TV13-13
Mon, Dec 20at San AntonioL 110-118My4513-14
Thu, Dec 23MiamiL 83-95TNT13-15
Sun, Dec 26at LA ClippersL 103-108My4513-16
Wed, Dec 29PhiladelphiaL 110-123FSAZ13-17
Fri, Dec 31Detroit W 92-75FSAZ14-17
Sun, Jan 2at SacramentoL 89-94My4514-18
Wed, Jan 5LA Lakers L 95-99ESPN, FSAZ14-19
Fri, Jan 7New YorkL 96-121ESPN, FSAZ14-20
Sun, Jan 9ClevelandW 108-100My45, NBA TV15-20
Tue, Jan 11at DenverL 98-132My4515-21
Wed, Jan 12New JerseyW 118-109 OTMy4516-21
Fri, Jan 14PortlandW 115-111ESPN, FSAZ17-21
Mon, Jan 17at New York W 129-121My4518-21
Wed, Jan 19at ClevelandW 106-98My4519-21
Fri, Jan 21at WashingtonW 109-91My4520-21
Sat, Jan 22at DetroitL 74-75My4520-22
Mon, Jan 24at PhiladelphiaL 95-105My4520-23
Wed, Jan 26CharlotteL 107-114FSAZ20-24
Fri, Jan 28BostonW 88-71ESPN, FSAZ21-24
Sun, Jan 30New OrleansW 104-102FSAZ22-24
Wed, Feb 2MilwaukeeW 92-77FSAZ23-24
Fri, Feb 4 Oklahoma CityL 107-111FSAZ23-25
Mon, Feb 7at Golden StateW 104-92My45, NBA TV24-25
Thu, Feb 10Golden StateW 112-88FSAZ25-25
Fri, Feb 11at UtahW 95-83ESPN, My4526-25
Sun, Feb 13SacramentoL 108-113My4526-26
Tue, Feb 15UtahW 102-101FSAZ27-26
Thu, Feb 17DallasL 106-112TNT27-27
Wed, Feb 23AtlantaW 105-97FSAZ28-27
Fri, Feb 25at TorontoW 110-92My4529-27
Sun, Feb 27at IndianaW 110-108 OTMy4530-27
Mon, Feb 28at New JerseyW 104-103 OTMy4531-27
Wed, Mar 2at BostonL 103-115My45, NBA TV31-28
Fri, Mar 4at MilwaukeeW 102-88My4532-28
Sun, Mar 6at Oklahoma CityL 118-122 OTMy4532-29
Tue, Mar 8HoustonW 113-110FSAZ33-29
Thu, Mar 10DenverL 97-116FSAZ Plus33-30
Sun, Mar 13OrlandoL 88-111ABC33-31
Mon, Mar 14at HoustonL 93-95My4533-32
Wed, Mar 16at New Orleans L 95-100My4533-33
Fri, Mar 18Golden StateW 108-97FSAZ34-33
Sun, Mar 20at LA ClippersW 108-99My4535-33
Tue, Mar 22at LA LakersL 137-139 3 OTTNT35-34
Wed, Mar 23TorontoW 114-106FSAZ36-34
Fri, Mar 25New OrleansL 100-106FSAZ, NBA TV36-35
Sun, Mar 27 DallasL 83-91ESPN, FSAZ36-36
Tue, Mar 29 at SacramentoL 113-116My4536-37
Wed, Mar 30 Oklahoma CityL 98-116FSAZ36-38
Fri, Apr 1LA ClippersW 111-98FSAZ37-38
Sun, Apr 3at San AntonioL 97-114ABC37-39
Tue, Apr 5at ChicagoL 94-97My4537-40
Wed, Apr 6 at MinnesotaW 108-98My4538-40
Fri, Apr 8at New OrleansL 97-109My45, NBA TV38-41
Sun, Apr 10at Dallas L 90-115My4538-42
Mon, Apr 11MinnesotaW 135-127 OTMy4539-42
Wed, Apr 13San AntonioW 106-103FSAZ40-42

2010-11 Season Outlook: The Suns didn’t draft Lawal expecting to get a player who will start or even contribute significant minutes. In fact, Lawal may be the new Earl Clark/Taylor Griffin for this season, getting spot minutes and clean up duty as the team develops his game.

The three-year contract the Suns gave Lawal, including a first-year guaranteed salary, shows that they believe he can be a valuable piece in the future. With the likes of Channing Frye, Hedo Turkoglu, Hakim Warrick and Earl Clark vying for the power forward minutes, Lawal likely won’t see too much time on the floor.

Lawal is known for his ability to run the floor, which is something that’s particularly important in the Suns’ system. He also possesses above-average athleticism, but whether that translates to the NBA (beyond summer league play) has yet to be seen.

He’s widely regarded as a good defender and rebounder, which the Suns need, and could play an important role in that respect in the Suns’ future. Lawal is a future piece for the Suns and 2010-11 should be a building and growth year for him.

Biography: Gani Oladimeji Lawal, Jr. shined in three seasons at Georgia’s Norcross High School, earning McDonald’s All-American honors in his senior season along with the state’s Mr. Basketball 2007 title. Moving on to Georgia Tech, Lawal averaged 7.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. After his second season with the Yellow Jackets, in which he averaged 15.1 points and 9.5 rebounds per game, Lawal declared for the NBA Draft, but changed his mind and withdrew to play his junior season. The big man’s numbers dropped in his third collegiate season as he averaged 13.1 points and 8.5 rebounds (third in the ACC) per game to finish with career averages of 11.1 points and 7.2 rebounds. In his junior season, Lawal was named to his second All-ACC Third Team.

The Phoenix Suns made Lawal their top draft pick in 2010 with the 46th overall pick. Lawal went on to play in the Las Vegas Summer League for the Suns and led the summer squad in scoring (15.4 points per game) and rebounding (7.4 rebounds per game). On August 1, 2010, the Suns signed Lawal to a three-year contract.


Links to ValleyoftheSuns coverage of Lawal:

Gani Lawal starring in Polish league, feeling stronger after knee injury

Gani Lawal takes his talents to Poland

Gani Lawal tears ACL, out for the year

Earl Clark, Gani Lawal bring different temperaments, but both appear to be a year away

Phoenix Suns get size, upside in 2010 NBA Draft with Gani Lawal and Dwayne Collins