ESPN's Pelton Gives Warren Summer Props

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by Matt Petersen

It's been impossible for Suns Nation to ignore T.J. Warren's elite-level impact on the offensive end in Summer League. Simply put, he's been tearing opposing defenses to shreds pretty much anytime and any way he wants.'s Kevin Pelton also took notice, enough in fact to give the 14th overall pick from this year's draft the second spot in his "Best Rookies" category in his piece detailing the best and worst of Summer League.

Warren has been relentless in getting buckets in the summer league, topping 20 points in all three games he's played more than seven minutes. Warren has done so in efficient fashion, shooting a cool 59.6 percent from the field. As in college, Warren hasn't relied on 3s (he's yet to make one) and rarely has gotten to the free throw line (4.0 attempts per game). Instead, he's found transition and putback opportunities to go with midrange jumpers.

We could argue that the reason Warren hasn't made a three is because he simply hasn't needed to take all that many. In 92 total minutes of play, the 6-8 forward has taken just three attempts from beyond the arc. Why take a long shot when you've got a 60-percent chance of making an easier one, right?

Also worth noting: in those same 92 minutes of play, Warren has committed three turnovers. That's it.

Frankly, the only thing more exciting at this point is imagining the potential clash of Warren's offense with P.J. Tucker's defense in practice.