Phoenix Suns: 3 Things Landry Shamet Brings to the Table

Phoenix Suns, Landry Shamet. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
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Phoenix Suns, Landry Shamet
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Landry Shamet gives the Phoenix Suns another true shooting guard

Although Shamet possesses enough ball skills to work as a decent point guard, he more so embodies a true NBA shooting guard, which the Suns gravely lacked behind Booker last season.

E’Twaun Moore, Ty-Shon Alexander, and Langston Galloway rounded out Phoenix’s roster a year ago as the team’s only other listed shooting guards after Booker—with not a single one averaging over 14.4 minutes per game. Naturally, Booker lead the Suns last season with a taxing 33.9 minutes played per contest.

Although Booker’s youthfulness makes his increased play time somewhat acceptable, it still warrants some concern. You want to keep your stars fresh, and with Shamet now aboard, the Suns bear the assets to do so.

Shamet carried himself admirably amongst an all-time great Brooklyn Nets offense last year, averaging 9.3 points and 1.6 assists per game during the regular season. He may not put game-breaking numbers up each time out, but can absolutely keep the Suns afloat during a few sequences each game as Booker rests up.

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Additionally, we know not if Cameron Payne or Chris Paul plan to return to the Suns next year. Moore, Alexander, and Galloway all carry expiring contracts into the offseason as well. So even from a general “guard” standpoint, the Shamet provides some much needed insurance should the team strike out completely during free agency.