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13. Slava Kravtsov
Now that rookie Alex Len has returned, it's safe to say that we won't be seeing much of 26-year-old center Slava Kravtsov (not that we ever did). He has played 50 minutes in 15 games so far, usually only logging minutes at the end of blowout games.
He isn't a terrible player and proved with the Detroit Pistons that he is capable of blocking shots on defense and setting screens on offense. However, he doesn't have the same ceiling as Len and therefore won't be prioritized in the rotation.
This doesn't mean that it's time to cut Kravtsov, though. Should there be another injury to either Len or Miles Plumlee, he would have to become the team's backup center. And because both Len and Kravtsov are Ukrainian, perhaps Kravtsov could serve as a mentor to the rookie.
Also, since Kravtsov has a guaranteed contract, there's simply no reason the Suns should cut him. He may not be great, but it isn't worth it to lose that money, and the Suns are also stretched too thin to be in a position to cut players right now.
12. Dionte Christmas
Twenty-seven-year-old rookie Dionte Christmas is in the same situation as Slava Kravtsov. There are so many players in front of him in the depth chart that he will hardly see minutes unless it is a blowout game.
His NBA debut against the Utah Jazz on Nov. 1 was actually quite impressive. Christmas posted nine points and four rebounds in just 15 minutes.
Since then, there has only been one other game in which Christmas played at least 15 minutes. And now, even with Eric Bledsoe's injury, guards Ish Smith, Archie Goodwin and Leandro Barbosa will all prevent him from seeing much of an increase in playing time.
In the few minutes he has played, Christmas has been decent. He's a solid spot-up shooter who can run the floor and occasionally drive the lane. He is shooting just 38 percent from the field and 23 percent from deep this season, but shots taken at the end of blowout wins and losses don't tend to be the most efficient.
It has taken Christmas such a long time to finally fulfill his goal of reaching the NBA. Even if he doesn't log many minutes, he's surely an underdog to root for this season.
11. Alex Len
On January 7 versus. the Chicago Bulls, Alex Len finally returned after missing several weeks due to ankle soreness. As of today, the fifth overall pick of the 2013 draft has played just 49 minutes in six games.
Len has logged a total of 18 minutes in two games on this road trip so far. Though he hasn't been fantastic and still often looks awkward or stiff on offensive and defensive possessions, the potential is there. In those 18 minutes, Len put up five points and seven rebounds on 2-of-4 shooting.
He still has a lot of work to do in order to become a solid NBA player. Most importantly, he still needs to add a lot of strength, which will take plenty of determination, work ethic and patience.
Once Len is stronger, he won't be pushed around as much by bigger NBA centers. Only then will he be able to assert himself both offensively and defensively, performing post moves as well as blocking shots.
And at 7'1", Len certainly has the physical attributes to become a great rebounder. He didn't jump too much in these past two games, but perhaps that is because he is being cautious with his ankle. Len, a former gymnast, should have no problem helping the Suns grab more rebounds once he adjusts to NBA life.