Detroit native DeShawn Sims might be inching closer to camp invite with Phoenix Suns

July 18, 2012 in Professional

By Patrick Hayes

Former Detroit Pershing and University of Michigan standout DeShawn Sims continued his strong NBA Summer League play for the Phoenix Suns last night. Ryan Weisert of Valley of the Suns writes that Sims might be playing his way into a longer look in training camp:

The biggest team need Phoenix has right now is depth at the wing positions. Thus the players with the best opportunity to get a training camp invite are shooting guards and small forwards. The best of those so far have been Marcus Landry, DeShawn Sims, and Carlos Garcia. Landry and Sims are inside-outside threats. Both have the range to knock down shots from beyond the arc, and both can post up smaller defenders on the block. Sims is the better penetrator of the two, but Landry is the more experienced and polished player. It will be interesting to see if either guy distinguishes himself over the next three games as it could easily come down to a choice between these two to see who gets a ticket to training camp.

The evolution of Sims’ perimeter game over the years has been impressive. He continuously improved it at Michigan and, it appears, he’s continued to work on it as a pro as well, to the point where he can legitimately be looked at as a wing player now. His versatility, particularly his perimeter shooting, would make him a decent fit in Phoenix if he’s able to make the team.