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14. Ish Smith
For a player with just three years of NBA experience, point guard Ish Smith has certainly put on a lot of different jerseys.
At just 25 years old, he has already played for the Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, Golden State Warriors, Orlando Magic and Milwaukee Bucks.
And even with all of those different teams, Smith was unable to blossom is any environment. For his career, he has shot just 37 percent from the field and has only played 9.9 minutes per game.
And right now, it doesn't look like he has found a permanent home with Phoenix either. Smith is battling with other guards such as Archie Goodwin and Dionte Christmas for minutes, a battle he appears to be losing. In 51 total minutes this preseason, he has produced 11 points, 10 assists and five turnovers while shooting 5-for-18 from the field.
13. Dionte Christmas
Dionte Christmas is already 27 years old, and he has yet to log a single minute in the NBA.
Given his age, one might think that the Suns should cut him and keep their younger players that have a higher ceiling and more room for growth.
But unlike James Nunnally or Malcolm Lee, Christmas has been producing fine numbers for the Suns. In the Las Vegas Summer League, he averaged 10.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 20.9 minutes per game.
And earlier in the preseason, in a 106-99 win over the San Antonio Spurs, Christmas scored 14 points on 4-for-6 shooting (including three three-pointers) and also contributed two rebounds, an assist and a steal all in 19 minutes.
Plus, just think of all the "Christmas" puns.
In fact, should he make the team, a formal petition could be sent to ESPN demanding a Philadelphia 76ers vs. Phoenix Suns Christmas Day game, revolving around a Dionte Christmas-Nerlens Noel matchup that would spark a battle of epic proportions.
Or, you know, there's the production. That could also assure Christmas some minutes in the rotation.
12. Viacheslav Kravtsov
26-year-old Ukrainian center Slava Kravtsov is hoping to establish himself as a serviceable backup for the Suns.
Kravtsov was a rookie for the Detroit Pistons last season, where he shot 72 percent from the field and averaged 12.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per 36 minutes as the third-string center.
And in the preseason, he played very well. In 42 total minutes, Kravtsov has put up 17 points, nine rebounds and two blocks while shooting 6-for-6 from the field.
But even with a guaranteed roster spot now, there are three other centers on this team that are currently ahead of him in the rankings. Finding a significant amount of playing time, even with Emeka Okafor injured for much of the season, may be very difficult.
11. Alex Len
Alex Len was drafted fifth overall by the Suns on the basis that the 7'1" Ukrainian center will be a strong rebounder and defender later on in his career. Even though Marcin Gortat has been traded and Len will log more minutes, he will not be pressured to dominate opposing teams immediately.
In five preseason games, Len has produced solid numbers, though he does look a step slow and a bit sluggish. But this is not something to be too concerned about, as Len is coming off of ankle surgery and will also need time to transition from college to the NBA. Even though he put up good numbers at Maryland, he was still unable to dominate college centers. Now, NBA centers will only be a tougher challenge for the rookie.
As of now, Len is averaging 2.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 15.4 minutes per game. In some games, such as his performance against the Spurs (with six points, nine rebounds and two blocks off the bench), Len has looked like a very promising prospect.
But in other games, such as the game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Len proved more of a liability than an asset (he had zero points, two rebounds and four fouls).
This will likely be a pattern for Len this season. He will contribute practically nothing one night and follow that performance up with a fantastic game. Expect a season full of ups and downs.