How Will the Acquisition of Hakim Warrick Affect the Phoenix Suns?

Tanner ThomsSenior Analyst IJuly 3, 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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4 years, $18 million.

Is it worth it?

Hakim Warrick, from the university of Syracuse, was selected with the 19th overall pick in the 2005 draft by the Memphis Grizzlies.

In his sophomore season with Syracuse, Warrick was a key part, along with Carmelo Anthony, in helping the Orangemen win their first NCAA title in team history.

Warrick, in his senior year, averaged 21.4 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, earning him the Big East Conference Player of the Year award.

Hakim was projected to be a top 10 or 15 pick because of his 38-inch vertical jump, and his 7'2" wingspan.

However, he dropped out of the top 15 because many teams thought he wasn't heavy enough to guard some of the bigger power forwards in the league.

In his rookie campaign with Memphis, Warrick averaged only 4.1 points and 2.1 rebounds in 10.6 minutes per game.

The best year of his career would come in his second season. Hakim averaged 12.7 points and 5.1 rebounds in 26.2 minutes per game. His next two seasons with the Grizzlies went fairly well, but he never really established himself as one of the premiere power forwards in the league.

On July 31, 2009, Warrick agreed to terms with the Milwaukee Bucks, where he played 48 games before being traded to the Chicago Bulls.

In 28 games with the Bulls, Hakim averaged 8.7 points and 3.6 rebounds in 19 minutes per contest.

On July 2nd it was reported that Warrick had agreed to a four-year deal worth $18 million with the Phoenix Suns.

I, like many, thought "Goodbye, Amar'e." It appears as though Stoudemire is as good as gone at this point.

The New York Knicks seem to be close to a max-contract with one of the best power forwards in the NBA today.

Don't get me wrong, I appreciate everything Amar'e did for us, but I do believe he's making a big mistake by signing with a team that may not even be in the playoffs next year.

If the Knicks can somehow sign Stoudemire and another big name (Joe Johnson, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Tracy McGrady, or Michael Redd) they will be an instant threat in the Eastern Conference.

With Amar'e likely out of the picture, Phoenix is left with only a couple options at power forward.

Louis Amundson is also a free agent. Although he would prefer to stay in Phoenix, there is a good chance they won't be able to pay him the money he's looking for.

Channing Frye is another intriguing proposition. He's a deadly three-point shooter all the time, but he's limited on the defensive side of the ball. Then again, so was Stoudemire.

Earl Clark is more of a small forward than a power, but if he is able to add on some muscle, Clark could put in some minutes at the four.

Dwayne Jones —Just kidding, people.

Free agent —There is a slight chance the Suns will bring in another power forward to compete. They could possibly bring in a player like Tyrus Thomas, Shelden Williams, Luis Scola, or Udonis Haslem.

When all is said and done, Hakim Warrick will likely be the starting power forward for the Suns come October.

I do not feel like anybody should write Warrick off as being a bust. Once he gets on a good team that will give him big minutes, Hakim could thrive.

If you're a Suns fan, keep the faith.

If Warrick fails, Steve Nash, Jason Richardson, Grant Hill, Channing Frye, Robin Lopez, Leandro Barbosa, Earl Clark, and Goran Dragic are still on the roster.

Please, let me know what you think of the Hakim Warrick signing. Give me your thoughts on how you think he'll do.

Let it begin!