Tonight's game may look a whole lot different than last night's game.
Suns head coach Alvin Gentry wants to tighten his rotation very soon, but still needs make one final evaluation of the backup big men and the fourth-string point guard. We will probably also see some 3rd-string PG playing time as well.
Say hello to Solomon Jones, Ike Diogu, Luke Zeller, Diante Garrett and Kendall Tucker. And then say goodbye. Unless there's an injury, these guys are not going to play much more this season.
Three of them will likely make the Suns roster. One of those is for sure - Kendall
Tucker Marshall has a 2-year guaranteed contract as a first-round pick. The others are up for debate. The Suns, with 13 players under guaranteed contract including Tucker, don't need to keep anyone else to meet league guidelines.
But with Jermaine O'Neal's injury history, Markieff Morris foul pronation, Luis Scola's aging body and Kendall
Tucker's Marshall's unreadiness for prime time TV, we might see two guys remain from Jones/Diogu/Zeller/Garrett.
Everything else about tonight's game is just window dressing. The Suns open the season against this same Golden State team next week, so there's little incentive to tip their hand too much on how they'll play Mark Jackson's club. Plus, it's a roadie, on the second night of a B2B.
Golden State has made changes lately, bringing in injury-prone Andrew Bogut while shipping out their most consistent offensive player in Monta Ellis. Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson are big shooters on the wing now, along with Brandon Rush. Jarrett Jack runs the point with Stephen Curry, and David Lee returns at PF.
Check out the rest of the roster.
Golden State Warriors Roster