Phoenix Suns: Don’t overreact to Alec Peters’ big game

PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 08: Alec Peters
PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 08: Alec Peters /

Phoenix Suns fans should be excited for how forward Alec Peters ended the season with a big performance, however fans shouldn’t read too much into it.

Recently I wrote about how the union of Alec Peters and the Phoenix Suns should dissolve during the offseason. However, no one could have imagined that Peters would explode like he did in the Suns’ last regular season game against the Dallas Mavericks with 36 points. While this is a very encouraging sign for Peters’ overall career projection, fans shouldn’t consider his performance as a guarantee that he will make next season’s roster.

Before getting into why fans shouldn’t overreact to his performance, the game he had was something spectacular to behold.

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The clinic that Peters put on did come against an undermanned Mavericks squad. Dallas’ rotation for the night had Johnathan Motley, Dorian Finney-Smith, Dwight Powell, Kyle Collinsworth and Aaron Harrison as the starters and Maxi Kleber, Jalen Jones and Yogi Ferrell as reserves. The average games played this season among this group was 39.8 games played and games started average with this group was 13 games started. In other words, Peters’ competition was fairly inexperience. This isn’t a knock against the players on the Mavs or Peters, but expectations of him shouldn’t be too high moving forward against elite NBA competition.

The spectacular show that Peters’ put on shouldn’t guarantee him a place on next seasons’ roster, but general manager Ryan McDonough shouldn’t cut ties with the 3-point shooting big either. Peters needs to be on the Suns’ summer league team and should be in training camp competing for a roster spot. Let his performances in those two offseason activities along with this one game be the deciding factors about his future with the Suns and not just this game.

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Peters was just spectacular with 36 points, nine rebounds, two assists and one steal, while shooting 12-20 from the floor, 8-13 from the 3-point and making all four of his free throw attempts. Nobody can deny how special his performance was, just ask Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle. However, this one performance shouldn’t guarantee him a spot on next season’s roster. It should all but assure him a strong chance to compete for a roster spot. As long as he has a good summer league and training camp, he should be on the roster next season.