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The following three players will almost definitely survive the cuts that will take place before the regular season, but they may not play a significant amount of minutes in the rotation unless they step up their game.
Shannon Brown is a player who has always been known for his poor shot selection. But last season, Brown was so unimpressive that he eventually lost his spot in the rotation entirely. He shot a career-low 28 percent from distance, and all of his shooting percentages declined from the season prior. Overall, Brown was one of the more inefficient offensive players the NBA had to offer.
Even so, it makes sense that Brown would be given another chance, considering the Suns kept him and he had a very good '11-12 campaign. Eric Bledsoe will start at shooting guard and rookie Archie Goodwin will receive minutes, but Brown could play some minutes on the wing, fighting with guys like Malcolm Lee and Gerald Green.
This very well could be his last chance. He will try to recover from a disastrous season and once again work his way into the rotation.
But if Brown fails, his career could be in jeopardy at the end of the season when his contract expires.
Gerald Green and Shannon Brown in some ways are very much alike. Green, who was on the Pacers last season, is also coming off a disappointing year.
With the Nets in 2011-12, Green was fantastic. He only appeared in 31 games, but averaged 12.9 points and 3.5 rebounds per game off the bench while shooting 48 percent from the field and 39 percent from downtown.
Last season, those numbers declined. Green shot just 37 percent from the field and 31 percent from three-point range, both well under his career averages. He went from playing 25 minutes with New Jersey to 18 minutes on a much deeper Pacers bench, and his scoring dipped to seven points per game.
Green will try to recover this year in Phoenix, but if he cannot bring his shooting touch back, what skills does he have to offer? He is supremely athletic and can throw down emphatic dunks, but how does that differentiate Green from Brown?
At the very least, expect Green to receive a few minutes per game at small forward behind P.J Tucker and Marcus Morris.
In his 2012 rookie season, Duke alum Miles Plumlee played a grand total of 55 minutes for the Indiana Pacers. He only scored 13 points in that time, while shooting an awful 24 percent (5-of-21) from the field.
So, when he was traded alongside Green and a first-round pick to the Suns for Scola, Suns fans didn't expect much.
However, Plumlee is a young prospect with plenty of potential, and he has the ability to excel in other areas. For example, he is one of the best rebounding prospects currently in the NBA, and he is also a good defender. Last season, Plumlee did average 14.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per 36 minutes, and he also averaged a double-double for the games he played in the D-league.
Suns fans should also take note of his Orlando summer league play. It was only four games, but Plumlee averaged 10 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game, establishing himself as the second-best rebounder behind Andre Drummond.
With both Alex Len and Marcin Gortat coming off an injury to start the season, you can expect Plumlee to be given an opportunity to play. It may not be much, but he is more than just a throw-in.