Landry Shamet can generate buckets in a number of ways.
Off the dribble. Off screens. Moving without the ball.
His offensive package is more versatile than Jevon Carter’s in terms of dribble penetration and releases around the basket, but isn’t nearly the defender.
So offensively, Shamet should fit in nicely with Phoenix Suns, but he will have to defend as well. The Suns officially announced the draft-day trade Friday as they dealt Carter and their first-round pick (29th overall) in last month’s NBA Draft to the Brooklyn Nets for Shamet.
The Nets received the draft rights to North Carolina center Day’Ron Sharpe.
The Suns also announced the re-signing of Chris Paul (four-year deal up to $120M), Cameron Payne (three-year, $19M) and Abdel Nader (two-year, $4.2M) on Friday as those deals were reported earlier in the week.
Although they traded away their only pick of the draft, the Suns have a player who is more experienced than anyone they would’ve selected.
Trading away Carter didn’t set too well with Suns faithful as he was a fan favorite with his defense, passion for the game and abiltiy to splash jumpers.
Carter shot 39.7% from 3 in his two seasons in Phoenix, but is only averaging 4.5 points for his NBA career. At 6-1, Carter isn’t the ideal size for a shooting guard, either, while the 6-4 Shamet is more of a natural at that position.
The Suns have struggled finding a consistent backup to All-Star Devin Booker over the years. Shamet may prove to be that answer as he scored a career-high 30 points, hitting 7-of-12 from 3, in an 109-107 loss at Miami this season.
The Suns played Chris Paul and Cameron Payne together with Booker getting a rest, but Shamet is capable of playing with Paul, Payne or Booker in the backcourt.
Averaging 9.3 points on 40.8% shooting (38.7% from 3) in his only season with the Nets, Shamet finds open spaces for ball handlers to locate him for looks.
Playing for his fourth NBA team going into his fourth NBA season, Shamet likely won’t handle the ball much with Paul, Booker and Payne in the lineup, but he’s averaging just 1.2 assists for his career.
Not that he can’t pass, but Shamet is more of a finisher of plays. He’s averaging less than one turnover for his career. So he’s a good ball protector, too.
In addition, Suns coach Monty Williams was an assistant in Philadelphia when Shamet played for the 76ers as a rookie. So there is familiarity between the two, something that can help make the transition easier for Shamet coming to Phoenix.
A first-round pick in the 2018 draft (26th overall) out of Wichita State, Shamet did a pre-draft workout with the Suns, who won just 21 games the previous 2017-18 season.
Phoenix has gone from having its second-worst season in franchise history at 19-63 in 2018-19 to being two wins away from the winning an NBA championship this past season.
So times have certainly changed for the Suns since Shamet’s pre-draft workout.
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