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New Documentary Series “Hoop Portraits” set to follow Suns’ rookie Ty-Shon Alexander

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This new documentary series will feature Suns’ two-way rookie Ty-Shon Alexander before he begins his G League journey in the Orlando Bubble.

Rookie guard Ty-Shon Alexander signed a two-way contract with the Phoenix Suns after going undrafted in the 2020 NBA Draft.

The Creighton product has only appeared in 3 games for Phoenix thus far, tallying just 8 combined minutes from those brief appearances. He was recently assigned to the Canton Charge for the G League Bubble that is set to begin on February 10th.

Before entering the rapidly approaching G League Bubble, Alexander will be featured in a new documentary series along with fellow North Carolina product Josh Hall (Oklahoma City Thunder) who is also on a two-way contract.

“Hoop Portraits” is an anthology documentary series providing intimate vignettes of hoopers during pivotal moments in their lives. The documentary is produced by Taylor Sharp and Holland Randolph Gallagher of Blue Cup Productions, a television and film production company based in Durham, North Carolina.

The pilot episode “Two Ways to the League” virtually premiered on Monday, February 8th at 8pm in partnership with the NBA + G League and will live stream via the NBA Twitch as well as G League YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch.

Here is the link to the first episode:

This story sheds a lot of light on not only the journey of these two young men, but gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the pre-draft process. It’s very well done and well worth your time.

Related: Ty-Shon Alexander Scouting Report, Exclusive Pre-Draft Interview

The virtual premiere will include a screening of the film followed by a Q&A featuring both players and the film’s director.

“The NBA G League is proud to play an important role in a player’s journey to the NBA,” said NBA G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim. “The G League has long cultivated NBA talent, and we’re thrilled when we can help give players a platform to tell their stories along the way.”

This should give Suns fans a unique perspective of what led to his signing and a look at the work he put in before the draft.


Many evaluators (myself included) tabbed Ty-Shon Alexander as one of the best undrafted free agents available before Phoenix signed him. I believe he is NBA-ready, but with the Suns deep backcourt depth he hasn’t had a chance to crack the rotation.

While the Suns didn’t send their soon-to-be on the move NAZ Suns to the G League Bubble, they assigned Ty-Shon to the Canton Charge affiliate so he has an opportunity to get some valuable reps.

The G League games will be televised and streamed through numerous outlets, making the access to Alexander film quite simple. It will be interesting to track his development as I think there’s a chance he can stick in the NBA and eventually become a useful rotation piece.