Just over two weeks after taking a trip to the D-League, guard Diante Garrett is already on his way out. On Monday, the Phoenix Suns called Garrett back up to the big leagues.
During his seven-game stint with the Bakersfield Jam, Garrett averaged 15.1 points, 7.4 assists and 1.7 steals. His 46.1 shooting percent from the field and 62.5 percent from three-point land helped the Jam to a 6-1 record during his time with the team. He appeared to be a dependable scoring threat and showed the passing that the Suns could use during this disappointing 2012-2013 season.
The Suns originally sent Garrett down to the D-League back on January 10. After spending most of the season’s games on the inactive list, the team was hoping to get him some real game experience with the Jam until his services were needed in the NBA.
Now back with the Suns, Garrett will provide some depth behind Goran Dragic at the point guard spot. He offers some potential as a scorer and facilitator, but is still extremely raw and will need more time to develop before he can become a consistent contributor in Phoenix. Until that time, expect Garrett to spend the majority of the remainder of the current campaign watching from the second row.
Garrett’s rookie contract became guaranteed on the same week that he was sent to the D-League, which means that the Suns will likely keep him around at least until the end of the 2012-2013 season.
In the midst of a down year, the Suns need to start looking towards the future. If Garrett continues to grow, he could be intriguing talent moving forward. For now, though, he’ll have to sit and learn from afar.