Ty-Shon Alexander was signed to a two-way contract by the Phoenix Suns last summer after going undrafted. I personally had him ranked 39th overall on my board last year, so I thought it was a prudent signing by a Phoenix team that didn’t own a 2nd-round pick for consecutive years.
Talk about a great landing spot and situation for the former Creighton Bluejay in his first NBA season. Not only was he a part of an NBA Finals run, but he got to learn from Chris Paul and practice against (and guard) Devin Booker every day.
I asked him what he’s looking forward to showcasing in Vegas and he said, “defensive ability for one, being able to make shots, communicating with my teammates, being a leader, and going out and doing what I’ve been working on all year.”
The Suns are reported to be “pleased” with Alexander’s development and plan to deploy him on their Summer League roster along with Jalen Smith. His body is making progress after one season in their strength and conditioning program, as you’d expect from any rookie making the leap to an NBA system.
Alexander’s role could be viewed similarly to what they brought Jevon Carter in to do. He’s a tenacious on-ball defender from the point of attack. He has more size than Jevon standing at 6’4” with a long wingspan (6’8”) which makes him a more versatile defensive guard projecting forward.
Along with the defense, his three-point stroke is intriguing and something that could help him carve out a role for years to come whether it’s in Phoenix or elsewhere. He can hit off catch-and-shoot situations and even has some off-the-dribble juice with his jumper, hitting pull-ups in the G League Bubble.
In the G League Bubble, he was fairly productive. A reminder that it was not a Suns affiliate he was playing for, so he was certainly not the primary focus development-wise for the Canton Charge.
While these numbers are nothing to write home about, he had a couple of breakout performances including a 30-point masterpiece where he hit seven (7) three-pointers.
I put together a quick film breakdown of Ty-Shon’s game combining his film from the G League Bubble, Creighton, and the limited playing time in the NBA he received. Along with that, I sprinkled in some interview questions from Alexander that you should find interesting.
Hope you all enjoy it!
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I’m looking forward to seeing what Ty-Shon can do in the Summer League for Phoenix, where he’ll likely be in a featured role along with Jalen Smith considering they didn’t add any other rookies or undrafted free agents.
I believe there’s a chance for both him and Smith to crack the back-end of the rotation a little more frequently next season if they continue to progress.
Suns’ Summer League Schedule:
- August 8th: Lakers vs. Suns — 7:30 P.M. (ESPN2)
- August 9th: Suns vs. Jazz — 7 P.M. (NBA TV)
- August 12th: Suns vs. Nuggets — 7 P.M. (NBA TV)
- August 14th: Trail Blazers vs. Suns — 6 P.M. (NBA TV)