The Phoenix Suns Have Set Their Roster For 2012-2013

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

There were a lot of spots to fill, but the team was able to do so in a very calculated and intimate manner. Instead of filling big shoes with big shoes the team called the cordwainers to adjust this roster for numerous, smaller, shoes to make the transition.

Putting a roster together year-in-and-year-out is hard enough in itself, but doing so during a summer that was hyped up as the beginning of a new Era in Suns Basketball is nearly impossible. For the Phoenix Suns they used what amounts to every second they had this off-season to evaluate their options and puzzle together their 15-man roster for the 2012-2013 season.

The mass overall includes a total of nine new players after it was announced the team has kept training camp hold overs Diante Garrett and Luke Zeller.

"I don't see, unless there is something unforeseen, I see this as our roster," said general manager Lance Blanks about the roster Thursday. "Things can change, particularly at the bottom of the roster, with injuries or if something happens we would have to tweak something."

It did come down to the wire with Ike Diogu and Solomon Jones being waived just six days before the regular season begins and only 24 hours before the teams final pre-season tilt. Garrett has been a favorite of the Suns staff for going on a few years now with his ability to score and play the point. He has been impressive through Summer League, training camp, the pre-season, and most importantly in practice proving he has a spot on this roster despite the log-jam at the one.

With Zeller he provides a little of what Channing Frye would have, albeit a very inexperienced version of Frye, but nonetheless a perimeter shooter from the five spot. For these two they help the team the most in practice and as injury buffers if someone goes down. Playing in the Developmental League is also an option for those at the bottom of the roster that could benefit from playing experience verse bench time in the big leagues.

Here are the 2012-2013 Phoenix Suns:

No.

Player

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Birthdate

College/Country

Yrs Pro

0

Michael Beasley

F

6-10

245

1/9/1989

Kansas State/USA

4

26

Shannon Brown

G

6-4

215

11/29/1985

Michigan State/USA

6

1

Goran Dragic

G

6-3

195

5/6/1986

Union Olimpija/Slovenia

4

3

Jared Dudley

F

6-7

225

7/10/1985

Boston College/USA

5

8

Channing Frye

F/C

6-11

255

5/17/1983

Arizona/USA

7

10

Diante Garrett

G

6-4

175

11/3/1988

Iowa State/USA

R

4

Marcin Gortat

C

6-11

245

2/17/1984

RheinEnergie Koln/Poland

5

2

Wesley Johnson

F

6-7

210

7/11/1987

Syracuse/USA

2

12

Kendall Marshall

G

6-4

200

8/19/1991

North Carolina/USA

R

11

Markieff Morris

F

6-10

245

9/2/1989

Kansas/USA

1

20

Jermaine O'Neal

C

6-11

260

10/13/1978

Eau Claire HS/USA

16

14

Luis Scola

F

6-9

240

4/30/1980

Tau Ceramica/Argentina

5

31

Sebastian Telfair

G

6-0

175

6/9/1985

Abraham Lincoln HS/USA

8

17

P.J. Tucker

F

6-6

235

5/5/1985

Texas/USA

1

40

Luke Zeller

F/C

6-11

245

4/7/1987

Notre Dame/USA

R

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