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This is something I didn’t see coming. In fact, I myself predicted that Telfair would be a very small part of the Suns offense.
That was, of course, before the preseason. On the offensive end, Telfair has not done anything noteworthy, but his sticky defense is raising some eyebrows.
He is a tough defender, and in preseason play his defense is what will earn him the backup spot. Marshall hasn’t been good on either end of the floor, while Telfair has excelled on the defensive end.
For a team like the Suns—one that usually struggles on defense—his contributions could be very important.
When he is in the game, the Suns can at least make sure they don’t lose anything on defense, while with Marshall there could be some concern.
I don’t think Telfair will completely take all of the rookie’s minutes away, but he should get more than Marshall, at least to start the year.