Suns Announce Plans for a G-League Team in 2024-25

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Denzel Robert Valentine is an American professional basketball player for Olimpia Milano of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A and the EuroLeague. He played college basketball for the Michigan State Spartans. Wikipedia
Born: 1993 (age 30 years), Lansing, MI
Current team: Olimpia Milano (#45 / Guard)
NBA draft: 2016 (Round: 1 / Pick: 14)
Parents: Carlton Valentine, Kathy Valentine
Salary: 2.092 million USD (2016)
Education: Michigan State University (2012–2016), J.W. Sexton High School
Height: 6′ 4″
 

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Quinndary Vonta Weatherspoon is an American professional basketball player for the Zhejiang Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association. He played four seasons of college basketball for the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Weatherspoon was selected 49th overall by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2019 NBA draft. Wikipedia
Born: 1996 (age 27 years), Canton, MS
Current teams: South Bay Lakers (#4 / Shooting guard), Zhejiang Lions (#4 / Guard)
NBA draft: 2019 (Round: 2 / Pick: 49)
Height: 6′ 3″
2024–present: Zhejiang Lions
College: Mississippi State (2015–2019)
High school: Velma Jackson; (Camden, Mississippi)
 

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Lindell Shamar Wigginton is a Canadian professional basketball player for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the Iowa State Cyclones. Wikipedia
Born: 1998 (age 26 years), Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada
Current team: Xinjiang Flying Tigers (#28 / Guard)
Height: 6′ 2″
NBA draft: 2019
Education: Iowa State University, Oak Hill Academy, Woodlawn High School
Dates joined: 2019 (Minnesota Timberwolves), 2017 (Iowa State Cyclones men's basketball)
Parents: Flemming Downey, Nicole Wigginton-Downey
 

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Trevion Lamon Williams is an American professional basketball player for Ratiopharm Ulm of the Basketball Bundesliga. Williams played college basketball for the Purdue Boilermakers of the Big Ten Conference. Wikipedia
Born: 2000 (age 23 years), Chicago, IL
Current team: Ratiopharm Ulm (#50 / Forward)
Height: 6′ 9″
Education: Purdue University
NBA draft: 2022
Weight: 265 lbs
League: BBL

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Williams played for the United States at the 2019 FIBA Under-19 Basketball World Cup in Heraklion, Greece. He averaged 8.7 points and 6.6 rebounds per game and helped his team win the gold medal.[22] Williams posted a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds in the win against Latvia.
 

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Mudiay, Okafor, and Valentine are the only guys I ever heard of.
 

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You don't remember Theo Maledon when he was on a Two-Way last season and @Mainstreet wanted him to see action nightly?


I'm kidding Mainstreet, you did ask about him a few times. Couldn't have hurt to see what he had.

Quite a few of the raw, defensive guards from that era of Suns basketball are currently enjoying solid careers.

But, to be fair, I wouldn't be surprised if every team in the league has had a few young prospects that their franchise couldn't find time for and went onto become a decent role player somewhere else.
 
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You don't remember Theo Maledon when he was on a Two-Way last season and @Mainstreet wanted him to see action nightly?


I'm kidding Mainstreet, you did ask about him a few times. Couldn't have hurt to see what he had.

There is no denying the Suns needed a backup point guard last season. Pickings were slim.

I can only work with what James Jones gives me. :)
 

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Checking in here to give props to Trevion Williams. I'm a big fan - great rebounder and amazingly good passer for a guy his size. If he had been around 6-11 and played in the '70s or '80s, he would have been an NBA All-Star. Kind of a throwback player.
 
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Here is some video of Trevion Lamon Williams.

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Here is some background video on Jahlil Okafor.

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A quick asterisk on all this: The 14 draftees aren’t necessarily going to join the Suns’ G League team. They could consider pro leagues in other countries, and the draft only gave the Suns their G League rights if that league is the one they want to continue with.
 

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You don't remember Theo Maledon when he was on a Two-Way last season and @Mainstreet wanted him to see action nightly?


I'm kidding Mainstreet, you did ask about him a few times. Couldn't have hurt to see what he had.
Oh, I do... but I wasn't counting him because he was already basically on the team, more or less.
 
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The Suns will hire John Little as head coach of their G League team, the Valley Suns.

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