The Phoenix Suns scrimmage took place today at the NAU Walkup Skydome, as the grand finale to the Suns week-long training camp in Flagstaff, AZ.
The two "teams" were as follows:
Team White: Leandro Barbosa, Dragan Bender, Devin Booker, Tyson Chandler, Derek Cooke Jr., Jared Dudley, Archie Goodwin, Shaquille Harrison, Tyler Ulis, and P.J. Tucker (who won't play).
Team Black: Garcin Bakumanya, Eric Bledsoe, Marquese Chriss, John Jenkins, Derrick Jones Jr., Brandon KNight, Alex Len, T.J. Warren, Alan Williams.
The White Jerseys, ala Devin Booker, started it off with a steal and a fast break layup. Marquese Chriss returns fire at the other end.
Booker with a nice step back jumper that rims off, and Chriss with a sweet inside move to draw the foul at the other end. He hits both.
Jared Dudley gets his athletic hands going early with a steal, but Tyler Ulis misses a jumper, and T.J. Warren scores his first points of the game for Team Black.
Tyler Ulis with a BEAUTIFUL pick and roll dish to Tyson Chandler who finishes with the dunk.
Reminder...Brandon Knight is now #11. He gets fouled and hits 1-2.
Marquese Chriss with a three...He has the range.
Archie Goodwin doing what he does best...an aggressive fastbreak and-one finish at the rim. He missed the free throw.
Devin Booker takes the last shot of the 1st quarter but it barely rims off. Team Black is up 14-11.
Marquese catches a pass and flat-foot dunks with authority...then Ulis to Chandler for an impressive dunk at the other end...It's getting good!
The White Jerseys scored first as Barbosa "beep-beeped" to the rim for a lay-up. Alan Williams with a sweet twisting layup off a drive to the rim...The big man has some moves!
John Jenkins hits a jumper on the next possession for Team Black. Then, Archie Goodwin returns fire with a jumper of his own for Team White.
Tyson Chandler gets another big dunk off an assist. John Jenkins answers with a three at the other end.
Tyler Ulis with a nice jump-stop jumper over the defending Alex Len. He scores again on the next possession.
Team White now leads 31-30 at the half.
The White Jerseys started it off again with a Devin Booker jumper. TJ Warren gets the first points for Team Black. Brandon Knight hits a three as well.
Tyler Ulis continues to impress with a nice and-one drive to the basket for the score. He hits the free throw.
Jim says that Tyler Ulis is this year's Miles Plumlee...he meant that in a good way.
Warren gets a nice fast break dunk and finishes with authority...watch out for Warren this year.
Ulis sets up a trailing Dragan for the big dunk, but he gets fouled...He tried though, and it would have been marvelous!
Brandon Knight gets open for a floater over the defense.
Dudley with the vet hesitation and drive to get to the rim and draw the contact...and-one.
Bender with a beautiful inside move to the rim for the scoop...but it rims out.
Team Black re-takes the lead 52-50 at the end of the quarter
Alex Lens starts off Team Black with getting to the line and hitting both free-throws.
Dragan Bender hits his first three...His first field goal of the game.
He misses his next attempt.
But he makes the next, again!
Bledsoe gets a three of his own for Team Black.
Chriss with an athletic offensive rebound and even more athletic put-back...his athleticism is unbelievable!
Bender with another three...his third make out of four attempts this quarter.
Ulis finds Booker on a beautiful back-door cut to the basket...Ulis is the real deal, Suns' Fans.
Bledsoe with a jumper over the defense for team black.
Chriss just threw it down all over the defense on a beautiful drive to the basket...play of the game, for sure! He's a walking Sports Center Top-10 highlight reel.
Ulis misses both intentional free throws. Team White is up two points with three seconds left. Black has the ball after the time-out.
Bledsoe drains a fall-away two to tie the game..
Game over, Tie game! Yes, it ends in a tie...seriously.
Jim and I agree that Tyler Ulis was the player of the game. He's special!
My optimistic opinion...this is going to be a very fun team to watch...and they might even be good, too!