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NBA preseason, Phoenix Suns: Taking a look at some roster hopefuls

The Suns played their sixth preseason game on Tuesday, and the coaching staff will have to make some roster decisions soon.


The Phoenix Suns were defeated by the Golden State Warriors, 107-92, in preseason action on Tuesday night. The loss dropped the Suns to 3-3 in tune-up games with one more to play before the regular-season opener. The game against the Warriors allowed the Suns' coaching staff to play some of the fringe roster players.

Jacob Padilla of Suns blog Bright Side of the Sun recapped Phoenix's game against Golden State and evaluated a couple of those players trying to make the team. He had praise for one and is ready to show the door to another:

Luke Zeller was the only one of the three bigs hoping to make the roster to make an appearance tonight, and if he hadn't already played himself off the team he probably did in this game; 0-3 with one rebound and one foul in a full quarter's worth of action.

Diante Garrett got in the game as well, although he played much better. Garrett recorded two points and two assists in less than five minutes of playing time alongside Kendall Marshall. I continue to hope the Suns find a way to keep him in the organization.

Zeller has appeared in three games for the Suns this preseason and has been inefficient. He is shooting just 28 percent from the field, which is bad for any player but especially one that is 6'11. Zeller hasn't made up for his lack of offense in other areas, as he hasn't recorded any blocks or steals and pulls down a rebound about every eighth minute he is on the floor.

Garrett has played in four games, averaging nine minutes per contest. He has hit 4 of 11 shots, including 1 of 2 from 3-point range. Garrett is dishing out 2.5 assists while scoring 2.5 points per game.

The Suns wrap up their preseason schedule on Friday against Denver.