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14. Emeka Okafor
The only reason an established veteran like Emeka Okafor is the last player on this list is because he is still inactive. Okafor, the 31-year-old center, is out indefinitely with a neck injury and will likely miss at least a couple more months.
If he does return to play some games at the end of the season (and possibly help the Suns make a playoff push), he could be an extremely valuable veteran presence. However, how exactly he will fit with the team is uncertain.
Okafor is still a great player when it comes to low post defense and rebounding, but how much playing time would he receive on a rebuilding Suns team? With players such as Miles Plumlee, Alex Len, Slava Kravtsov and even Channing Frye already logging minutes at center, Okafor may not receive 25-30 minutes per game like he did with New Orleans and the Washington Wizards.
Either way, the chance that Okafor stays with Phoenix for multiple years is slim, whether he plays this season or not.
13. Slava Kravtsov
There isn't too much to say about 26-year-old center Slava Kravtsov, as he has logged just 23 minutes in eight games this season. Although he may not reach his peak for a couple more seasons, Kravtsov does not have the ceiling of a player like Plumlee or Len. Therefore, Kravtsov will not be prioritized in the rotation.
As he showed in his 2012-13 campaign with the Detroit Pistons, Kravtsov is perfectly capable of blocking shots on defense and setting great picks on offense. He isn't a terrible player, but unless there is a major injury to one of the team's centers, he won't see an increase in playing time either.
12. Alex Len
Considering the fact that he has logged a total of 31 minutes in four games, it is still way too early to declare fifth overall pick Alex Len a bust. After all, NBA centers generally take longer to develop than guards and forwards.
If anything, health should be Len's primary concern.
He has sat out most of the team's games due to "ankle soreness", and also had multiple ankle surgeries over the summer. Len could still become a productive starting center at the peak of his career. Even if that does happen, the question is whether or not he will be durable enough to play more than 40 or 50 games each season.
Len's development will be slow, and it may be two or three years before we have a firm grasp on his potential and ceiling. For now, he will continue to play several minutes off the bench every once in a while, as long as he is healthy enough to suit up.
11. Ish Smith
Ish Smith received quite a lot of playing time while Eric Bledsoe was out, but now that the Dragic-Bledsoe backcourt is operating, he may revert back to his previous role as a bench warmer.
Smith never did much to impress coaches and fans while he was part of the rotation—he averaged just 2.6 points and 2.0 assists per game while shooting 31 percent from the field.
Unless various backcourt players continue to be plagued by nagging injuries, Smith will not see any additional playing time. In the team's last four games, he has logged a total of just three minutes. He may receive a few minutes in blowout wins and losses, but that could be all he gets to try and prove his worth to the team.