The Phoenix Suns were high on Ty Jerome when they moved draft spots for the privilege of selecting him in this year’s draft. The moved looked reasonable at the time. Not a slam-dunk pick, but not a bad one either. Reasonable.
During training camp, Jerome earned the praises of both Monty Williams as well as Devin Booker. He was in a battle with Jevon Carter for the role of backup point guard, but it looked like he might have eked ahead after a few strong preseason games.
Then, just a couple days before the first regular season game, Jerome suffered an ankle injury that sidelined him for a longer period than most anticipated.
During that time, the likes of Jevon Carter, Tyler Johnson, and Elie Okobo had spouts of varying success, which piqued the enthusiasm for the return of Ty Jerome.
It felt like a case of a fan base clamoring for a backup quarterback they have never really seen play, and unfortunately, Jerome’s return played out like most backup QB substitutions do: underwhelming.
Jerome has played six games for the Phoenix Suns, posting a modest stat line:
2.8 points per game
2.2 assists per game
1.7 rebounds per game
Save for the Orlando game where he had five turnovers, Jerome doesn’t make a ton of mistakes, but he hasn’t done much else either.
Call it recency bias, but it may be look at one of the Suns’ other many options.