DeShawn Sims impressive in Summer League opener for Phoenix Suns

July 16, 2012 in Professional

By Patrick Hayes

Former Detroit Pershing and Michigan standout DeShawn Sims scored 16 points in his Summer League debut with the Phoenix Suns, catching the eye of Ryan Weisert of Valley of the Suns:

DeShawn Sims also played very well, scoring 16 points and hitting both of his attempts from downtown. Sims and Garrett were both an astonishing +32 in this game.

Rob Mahoney of Bleacher Report says that Sims continuing to extend his range could lead to good things for him:

DeShawn Sims has bounced between the D-League, Greece, Korea and Puerto Rico, but has definite NBA game.

He may be positionally ambiguous to some, but a forward capable of doing efficient work from the low block and spotting up on the perimeter should theoretically be employable on the highest level—even if that hasn’t quite been the case.

Something has held Sims back in the eyes of basketball talent evaluators over the last two seasons, though he’s hardly a crippling defender or rebounder.

The one aspect of Sims’ game that is noticeably lacking is capacity to create off the dribble from the perimeter. Although, considering how few teams are looking for off-the-dribble creation from their bargain-bin forwards, why would that possibly be enough to discount his otherwise solid potential?

Sims’ most significant development may be behind him, but he’s a respectable player with a valuable and easily accessible skill.

Stretching his range to beyond the three-point line could bring a whole new world of NBA employability, but even in the meantime, Sims should be a viable candidate for the end of an NBA bench.

Sims might be a longshot to make the roster, but he did land in the right place — the Suns value big men who can shoot from the perimeter, and Sims has rapidly improved in that department. He’s not Channing Frye — the Suns’ current stretch four — but he could find a role with his shooting similar to the one Frye has carved out for himself if he continues to work at it.