Summer Suns’ Troy Williams will get paid, but is it going to come from Phoenix?

Jul 17, 2016, 1:50 PM | Updated: 4:00 pm

Indiana's Troy Williams speaks during a news conference ahead of a second-round men's college baske...

Indiana's Troy Williams speaks during a news conference ahead of a second-round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament in Des Moines, Iowa, Friday, March 18, 2016. Indiana plays Kentucky on Saturday. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

While all the attention on the Phoenix Suns’ summer league roster has been directed at draft picks of the team like Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis, the player with the most on the line is Troy Williams.

Williams is the type of player summer league is designed to provide the most opportunity for.  Ranked as the No. 73 prospect in the 2016 NBA Draft by Draft Express, Williams went undrafted and like many others is showcasing himself for NBA teams in Las Vegas.

Players in Williams’ spot are just looking for that one opportunity, and in the case of the former Indiana Hoosier, that would come after starting forward Marquese Chriss missed the first two games of the Las Vegas Summer League tournament due to illness.

Williams played only 13 minutes per game in the first three contests for the Suns, but since Chriss sat out, the wing has averaged 31 minutes per game in his last two appearances.

Williams seized his chance in particular during Saturday’s game against the Denver Nuggets. He scored 22 points, grabbed six rebounds and also had three steals.

The forward plays with reckless abandon, possessing superior athleticism and speed. That recklessness and some inconsistency are the primary concerns that made teams apprehensive to take a chance on Williams in the second round, but there’s no doubt his appealing talents would draw interest from a number of teams come the summer league.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune’s Tony Jones, that’s already the case.

Williams projects as a role player on the wing with two-way skill, something the Suns seriously lack for the future.

The problem is the Suns may not have a roster opening available. They already have their 15 roster spots taken and while Alan Williams’ contract is not guaranteed, he fills a backup big need.

The question now becomes if the Suns would take Williams over guard John Jenkins, who agreed to extend the deadline on his contract. The team will not need to make a decision on whether his contract becomes guaranteed until October, according to AZCentral’s Paul Coro, giving the Suns more time to evaluate the 15th spot.

At Jenkins’ shooting guard position, the Suns recently signed veteran Leandro Barbosa and also have Archie Goodwin along with two presumed factors in the rotation, Brandon Knight and Devin Booker.

Unlike Jenkins, Williams could spend time at shooting guard as well as small forward and while the small forward position technically has three players already there, Jared Dudley and P.J. Tucker project to play minutes at power forward next season. Youngster T.J. Warren has also spent occasional minutes at power forward in smallball situations.

None of the three provide the youth and two-way potential of Williams, who the Suns would be wise to grab after getting the best look at what he can become.

All of this, of course, comes down to which of those reported teams Williams will choose, and with the aforementioned cramped rotation already, he may look favorably at another team with more opportunities.

Empire of the Suns

Frank Vogel, Phoenix Suns head coach...

Kellan Olson

Suns make up for lack of continuity by getting right players at right time

Phoenix Suns head coach Frank Vogel said at media day on Monday he will make sure to try out plenty of rotations over the season.

1 day ago

Phoenix Suns Forward Kevin Durant (35) and Phoenix Suns Guard Devin Booker (1) looks on during a NB...

Kellan Olson

Phoenix Suns’ new era built around bond between Devin Booker, Kevin Durant

It was impossible to escape the feeling on Monday that the Phoenix Suns are entering a new era of the franchise.

2 days ago

Nassir Little drives on Devin BOoker...

Kevin Zimmerman

The if of the 5th: New Suns wing Nassir Little still has 3-and-D upside

Can the Phoenix Suns get more out of Nassir Little after the trade with the Portland Trail Blazers? And could he be the fifth starter?

3 days ago

Jordan Goodwin #7 of the Washington Wizards looks on against the New Orleans Pelicans at Capital On...

Kellan Olson

The if of the 5th: Jordan Goodwin’s sneaky case as Suns’ best option

The Phoenix Suns will need someone to defend elite guards in the playoffs and Jordan Goodwin might be the best option for that on the team.

3 days ago

Grayson Allen, Milwaukee Bucks...

Kevin Zimmerman

The if of the 5th: Grayson Allen has experience edge of potential Suns starters

Grayson Allen has been a starter on an elite team before. Should he hold the same role with the Phoenix Suns?

4 days ago

Eric Gordon #10 of the LA Clippers reacts during the second half Game One of the Western Conference...

Kellan Olson

The if of the 5th: Eric Gordon as starter would give Suns offensive firepower

Does it make enough sense for the Phoenix Suns to look past defensive question marks and start Eric Gordon for the best offense?

4 days ago

Summer Suns’ Troy Williams will get paid, but is it going to come from Phoenix?