3 Phoenix Suns Summer League Players Earning Roster Consideration

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Olivier Sarr, Oklahoma City Thunder
Olivier Sarr #30, Oklahoma City Thunder. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

With JaVale McGee gone the Phoenix Suns could turn to Olivier Sarr

JaVale McGee’s impact was apparent last year to anyone that watched the Phoenix Suns ball. But with him gone, the hole behind Deandre Ayton which plagued the team a year ago promises to reappear unless the front office acts.

Now, the Suns did bring back Bismack Biyombo, but at his age, you cannot expect him to contribute more than 10-15 minutes a game. He also remains limited with his mobility on defense—rendering him almost useless come playoff time.

Into the fold steps Olivier Sarr, a 23 year old big man from the college powerhouse Kentucky. Sarr also carries some NBA experience on his belt as well, having played 22 games with the Oklahoma City Thunder last year. Let’s start there.

During the 2021-22 season, Sarr averaged 19 minutes, seven points, four rebounds, one assists, and nearly one block per game. These do not resemble numbers to ride home about, but are admirable given the opportunity.

However, the shooting looks promising from all angles. Last year, Sarr shot 57 percent from the field, 45 percent from deep, and 83 percent from the line. Putting up figures like that while stretching out to seven feet tall put him in the “unicorn” class as NBA scouts have their eyes on right now as well.

In this year’s Summer League, he averaged similar numbers with14 minutes, eight points, eight rebounds, and two blocks per game. He even beat out Wright IV with a fantastic +9 plus/minus.

The shooting numbers did fall slightly, but the touch is still there, shooting 53 percent from the field and 80 percent on free throws. He only attempted one triple. If he joins Phoenix’s regular season team though, that field goal percentage promises to rise with Chris Paul feeding him dimes off the pick-and-roll.

Also, let’s not forget, Sarr lit up the Suns for 24 points, five threes, and two blocks during a contest last year. That had to play a part in Phoenix giving him a shot this summer, but now with McGee leaving this offseason, they need him.

McGee gave the Suns nine points, seven rebounds, and one block per game in the regular season. In the playoffs, he offered seven points and four boards per game. Sarr could bring that and more to the table given his versatility as a shooter.