Welcome Jalen Lecque?

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  1. JCSunsfan

    JCSunsfan Registered User

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    Sometimes it is just the way the draft falls. The teams that really want to draft him do not have a pick at the right spot, and the teams that have the picks have other players or needs on their radar. Every draft there are players left out where people say (even GMs) "Wow, I can't believe no one drafted that guy!"
     
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    It seems like the Suns had a pretty good idea that he wouldn't be drafted and had a plan to sign him. Low risk high reward. Really nothing to loose here.
     
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    My question is does the team have a development plan for him? Are they just hoping that he will figure out how to be a NBA point guard in the D league by himself or are they devoting resources to his development?
     
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    Like what? Seriously, I don't know what more you'd want to hear. He's signed and will spend time in the G-League and with the coaching staff. They brought on Willie Green, who coached the summer league team and was also the head of player development in Golden State. He'll be an assistant coach on Monty's staff. I'm not sure what more you'd be calling for though. He's in the same sort of boat as Ty Jerome. He'll need to learn from the coaching staff and the players ahead of him.
     
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    I think because he was undrafted, the team is in a unique position where they can really give him time to work on his shot before he starts playing. Here's a story about the money and resources the Spurs have invested in their player development:

    https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/26425741/san-antonio-spurs-go-great-lengths-player-development

    I hope the Suns have a plan or at least is committed to not handling him (or any of their other projects) the way they handled their recent picks.
     
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    I think it's safe to say he won't be thrown into the deep end. We have Rubio, Tyler Johnson, Javon Carter, and probably Ty Jerome ahead of him on the depth chart so we'll be able to take our time with him. I actually liked how Okobo was handled last season for the most part, until Melton got hurt. We threw Melton into the thick of it right away because he proved to be a capable defender but Okobo spent most of his time in the G-League or playing limited minutes, if any at all, on the main roster. Unlike other players, he had a fully guaranteed contract so it wasn't a case of him being on a Two-Way deal with limited time available on the main roster. I think we'll see something similar with Lecque, playing in the G-League a lot and only spot minutes on the main roster until March or so. At that point his minutes might be expanded some depending on if the Suns are vying for a playoff spot or not.

    We'll see what happens but having someone from Golden State's player development side and Monty gives me hope. Monty worked in the Spurs front office before returning to the bench in Philly. Coaching in Philadelphia should have taught him a lot about player development also since they just went through "The Process".

    We also have Harper signed to a Two-Way deal and he's much more of PG than Lecque is but I think Lecque's future is more as a combo guard so I don't see them getting in each other's way much, if at all.
     
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    Okobo IMO should be a goner after his blah performance in the SL. He should've been able to come in and outplayed the competition after a year of NBA experience, but instead he wasnt even the best guard on the roster.
     
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    I agree. Okobo has not shown enough to hold a roster spot. I would not mind keeping him even if he had shown flashes of an ability to be what we want in the future. But he did not even do that. To me, if we keep him he will just be in the way of Ty Jerome and others getting the minutes they need.
     

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