PHOENIX – The Phoenix Suns today re-signed forward Ish Wainright.
Wainright (6’5, 235 pounds) played in 45 regular season games for the Suns last season, averaging 2.4 points and 1.2 rebounds in 8.0 minutes per game. Over his final two games of the season, he totaled a combined 35 points on 14 of 29 from the field and 7 of 16 from three-point range, plus 11 rebounds, 7 steals and 4 assists. He scored all of his career-high 20 points in the fourth quarter on April 6 at the LA Clippers, joining Cam Johnson and Jamal Crawford as the only Suns players in the last 25 years to score 20-plus points in a period while coming off the bench. Wainright also appeared in seven games during the postseason.
Most recently, Wainright averaged 11.0 points on 42.1% from the field and 41.4% from three-point range plus 3.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals in five games for the Suns at the 2022 NBA Summer League last month in Las Vegas. He also represented Uganda at the FIBA Basketball World Cup African Qualifiers in July, averaging team highs of 19.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists.
The Suns initially signed the 27 year old on Oct. 21, 2021 and he made his NBA debut on Nov. 19. Wainright played the previous three seasons internationally in Germany and France. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, he played collegiately at Baylor where he earned Big 12 All-Defensive Team honors as a senior in 2017.