Phoenix Suns: Alec Peters experiment should be over

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The Phoenix Suns have plenty of questions surrounding the roster as the season closes, but at least now the question about Alec Peters has been answered.

As Assane Drame of Valley of the Suns wrote, the Phoenix Suns are on the clock to be competitive based on Devin Booker‘s upcoming extension.  With that in mind, the Suns can’t be patient with players that need multiple years to develop into a contributing rotational player. That, along with the fact that Alec Peters has shown very little production with the franchise, is why the Suns need to cut ties with the stretch big.

Peters’ tenure with the Suns has lacked any type of quality production.

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His shooting percentages and overall stats are disappointing. His best game with Phoenix came against Oklahoma City Thunder where he played 10 minutes, had eight points and two rebounds, while shooting 3-5 from the floor and 2-4 from the 3-point line. While that’s an encouraging stat line, its clear from the stats above that he is beyond inconsistent.

This isn’t to say that Peters won’t have a future in the NBA. His G-League stats with the Northern Arizona Suns (NAS) have been impressive. He’s averaged 17.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists, while shooting 41.1 percent from the downtown. With more time to develop Peters could become a nice role player off the bench for a team, however Phoenix doesn’t have time to wait for him to grow as a player.

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While Peter’s has shown promise in the G-League, it’s evident that he isn’t ready for a role on a competitive NBA team any time soon. The Phoenix Suns should move on from Peters in the offseason. The move would help the Suns fill out their roster with players ready to contribute and Peters could land on a roster that will allow him to develop at his own pace.