Throughout the 2014-2015 NBA season, former Syracuse University point guard and Phoenix Suns draft pick Tyler Ennis has been shuffling back and forth between Phoenix and the D-League. In fact, he’s only played in eight games for the Suns, while spending the rest of his time with the Bakersfield Jam. Well, it might finally be time for Ennis to join the big club full time, with news breaking that Goran Dragic has demanded a trade.
In a recent stint with Bakersfield in January, Ennis averaged 19.6 points and 5.1 assists, but remained a non-factor with the Suns due to the fact that he had Dragic, Eric Bledsoe, and Isaiah Thomas in a logjam ahead of him. However, Dragic is apparently just as sick of that logjam as we can only assume Ennis has been. Dragic has already told Phoenix he won’t re-sign with them in the offseason, so either they can deal him now – preferably to the Knicks or Lakers – or lose him in the offseason.
Ennis, meanwhile, probably wouldn’t see a particularly big uptick in appearances for the Suns, since Bledsoe and Thomas are both still ahead of him in the pecking order (though Bill Simmons mentioned that the Celtics have been sniffing around Thomas as the February 19 trade deadline approaches). In his eight appearances with the Suns, Ennis has averaged 2.8 points and 1.8 assists per game in 7.3 minutes per appearance, shooting 42.9% from the field and 33.3% from three.
We’ve already covered how the other 2014 NBA Draft pick out of Syracuse, Jerami Grant, has been putting together a nice rookie season. If and when Dragic gets dealt, it might finally open the door for Ennis to get the same sort of opportunity.