Hakim Warrick Making Good First Impressions

Jess RootCorrespondent IJuly 16, 2010

CHICAGO - MARCH 30: Hakim Warrick #21 of the Chicago Bulls looks to shoot against Louis Amundson #17 of the Phoenix Suns at the United Center on March 30, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Suns defeated the Bulls 111-105. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Have you ever, as a fan, just gotten a good vibe about a new player that is joining your team? I did today.

When I read that Hakim Warrick was going to be a member of the Suns, I’ll be perfectly honest. I had only heard his name mentioned. I did not know a single thing about him (yes this shames me a bit).

After reading a bit, I came to know an underachieving, but athletic player. He’s almost what I would consider a shorter, skinnier, less expensive, and slightly less talented version of Amar’e Stoudemire. I wasn’t what you would consider excited.

However, after reading his reaction to joining the Suns the day the announcement was made and a subsequent tweet Friday morning, there is something about him that just gives me the feeling that he is going to be really good here. It goes beyond the fact that his skill set is perfect for the offensive sets that the Suns play, or the fact that he is crazy athletic, or that, excluding Marcus Banks, every player elevates his game when playing with Steve Nash.

It is the fact that he seems genuinely excited to be here and feels that he will succeed.

Here is some of what he has had to say:

"I've always sat there and watched the Suns, thinking, 'If I could play with Steve Nash, that'd be great.' I got that opportunity and I jumped on it."

“I guarantee I will go out and give 110 percent every night."

He also said that he is dedicated to being a more consistent rebounder. I know that almost every newly introduced player says things like that, but when you get the original statements plus a tweet some time later, it just seems like he is truly excited to be here.

It just seems like it will the perfect combination. Warrick is talented, he’s going to be playing with Steve Nash, and he’s happy to be here. If I may, I would like to make a prediction about Warrick. You know how popular Lou Amundson was? Warrick will be at least that popular and will be four times as productive.

I know, I wasn’t thrilled about his signing, but now, I’m fired up! I can’t wait to see what he will do!

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