Player Profile: T.J. Warren

T.J. Warren is the Suns best option at small forward currently, with underrated potential.

Warren was a great scorer in college, and his game has translated well to the NBA.

Unfortunately he is out for the season with a broken foot. We won’t get to learn anything new about Warren this season.

T.J. Warren also has a much higher ceiling than players realize. He is by far the best prospect on this roster at the small forward position.

It is truly a shame he isn’t getting playing time this season like Devin Booker and Alex Len.

Prior to his injury, Warren was scoring 11 points per game in just 22.8 minutes while shooting .501%. That places Warren second on the team in field goal percentage.

Fundamentals

Age: 22

Height: 6 feet 8 inches

Weight: 230 pounds

College: North Carolina State University

Warren saw his field goal percentage decrease significantly from his rookie season (.528 to .501). However, he offset this decrease by greatly increasing the percentage of his shots that were three point shots.

In Warren’s rookie season, 9.8% of his field goal attempts were three point shots. This season, Warren was taking a three on 15.9% of his shots.

The best part about Warren’s development of his three point shot was that he also shot a much higher percentage. He increased from .238 to .400 percent from three. Hopefully that .238 percent from 3 point shot will just be a small sample size aberration, considering that he only took 21 threes his rookie season.

Warren became more aggressive in 2015-16, while also playing much more intelligently. He is an extremely smart basketball player, so it should not be a surprise that his decision making continues to improve.

T.J. Warren lowered his turnover percentage (10.8% to 6.4%) despite increasing his usage percentage (17.8% to 20.1%). He had the ball in his hands more this season, yet made fewer turnovers per possession.

Phoenix Suns fans won’t have the chance to watch Warren develop his game any further this season. However, there are plenty of reasons to be excited for his return.

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